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Archive for April, 2008

One in five GPs surgeries faces closure in polyclinic plans

One in five GP surgeries in England is set to close, threatening to end the era of a family doctor in every neighbourhood, an analysis of NHS plans reveals. Labour government proposals to create a new generation of polyclinics will lead to the closure of 1,700 practices, the Tories claimed. In their place will be […]

NHS pay deal may be cut if offer is rejected

Health workers may have their pay offer cut if they refuse to accept the three year deal which Gordon Brown and labour ministers are offering. Unions have warned that unrest among nurses and other NHS staff over the settlement could still lead to industrial action. The proposed increase is worth 8.1 per cent over three […]

GPs could face fee if patients use A&E

Family doctors GPs could be charged when their patients go to accident and emergency units if they could have been treated at the local surgery. The move – aimed at giving GPs an incentive to provide longer opening hours while reducing inappropriate use of casualty and minor injury departments – is being considered as part […]

Operations halted by unfit equipment

Operations are being cancelled because of dirty or broken instruments sent back by private companies employed to clean them, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) informed Health Direct. Hospitals used to sterilise their operating instruments on site but are being encouraged by the Department of Health to put the job out to private companies. A […]

Clot drug Pradaxa could save 25,000 live a years

Wider use of a new blood thinning drug to stop clots could save thousands of lives a year, says a charity. Some hip and knee surgery patients are to start being given Pradaxa, which is available as a daily tablet and needs less monitoring than other drugs. Lifeblood wants more action to cut the 25,000 […]

23m have not seen a dentist for two years

Almost half of Britons have not seen an NHS dentist in the past two years, it has been claimed. More than 23.1 million people received no dental care on the NHS in the two years to last September, according to statistics obtained by the Tories. This represents an increase of 4 per cent, or 840,342 […]

GPs set to lose income guarantee

The minimum income guarantee for family doctors is set to be scrapped, in a move that could open up health services to more competition. A recommendation to scrap the guarantee is to be made by Lord Darzi’s “next steps” review of the NHS. The move has been widely expected, as primary care trusts complain that […]

Dept Of Health is frustrating to work with claim private companies

Three more independent sector treatment centres were finally given the go ahead as Ben Bradshaw, health minister, celebrated the private sector’s treatment of the millionth National Health Service patient under the health department’s centrally procured contracts. But business leaders said delays in the programme sent a signal it was “hugely frustrating” to work with the […]

Patients told- only one illness at a time, please

Family doctors have put up signs in surgeries banning patients from discussing more than one ailment per appointment. The aim is to hurry along consultations so that GPs can meet government requirements to offer patients appointments within 48 hours. Doctors argue that appointments run behind schedule when they are confronted with the “worried well” reading […]

Statistically speaking, 100% of us are fed up with dodgy data

The majority of 25 to 34-year-olds have sex three to four times a week,” Health Direct reads. There I am, minding my own business on the train and a statistic attacks. Four times a week? I do some quick desperate calculations in my head. That can’t be right, can it? “For 35 to 44-year-olds, it’s […]