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Archive for May, 2008

Nanny state bans children with no MMR vaccinations

Labour’s latest nanny state wheeze to cover up their MMR vaccinations fiasco is to ban children from starting school until they receive the MMR jab. Parents will have to provide proof their offspring have had a full range of vaccinations when they put in applications for primary schools. The plan, designed to increase the take-up […]

NHS hospitals’ care standards vary in postcode lottery

Most patients staying overnight in hospital are happy with their care, but this masks problems in key areas and variations in standards, a survey says. Nine in 10 inpatients in England said their care was good, very good or excellent, the Health Commission poll of almost 76,000 people showed. But problems with the quality of […]

5,000 cancer beds facing axe in NHS cancer shake-up

The labour government plans to close up to 5,000 beds on cancer wards in a reorganisation of the way patients are treated, according to a report by experts in the disease. Labour government figures show the National Health Service aims to save up to £500m a year from an “inpatient management programme” that it describes […]

Postcode lottery claims heart attack victims

Patients are dying unnecessarily from heart attacks in rural areas because of a new postcode lottery in care standards, Health Direct has learnt. Heart attack victims in London and other major cities are diverted past their nearest A&E; to special hospital units where they have an operation to stop the attack. But in many rural […]

NHS shake up to axe hospital services

Scores of hospital departments such as maternity units and cancer clinics will be closed or merged across the country under plans for a radical shake-up of the NHS. Labour ministers are preparing for a summer of protest as residents campaign against proposals that could mean local hospitals losing specialist services to large regional centres. In […]

Labour ministers ignored junior doctor recruitment warnings

Thousands of junior doctors had their careers thrown into chaos last summer because of “inept” decisions at the highest levels, according to a report by MPs. Warnings over a new recruitment system and possible job shortages were ignored by the Department of Health, says the Commons health committee. The labour government’s failure to restrict the […]

£77m to improve stroke services as UK ‘lags behind major Western nations’

The UK lags behind other developed nations in caring for thousands of patients who have suffered a stroke, and the labour Government is far from meeting its own targets in England, a new critical report says. It comes as the Government announced that £77 million will be spent over the next three years as part […]

Cannabis U Turn as labour again disregards scientists

Cannabis is to be reclassified as a class B drug, Jacqui Smith has said. The home secretary’s statement to MPs came despite the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs’ review – commissioned by Gordon Brown – saying it should stay class C. She added that the government’s change of heart – which is subject […]

Superbugs deaths now at 10,000 a year

Superbugs kill at least 10,000 people in Britain each year — 20 times the number who die of Aids. Why isn’t the labour government spending more on finding out why? Warnings about the dangers of antibiotic overuse started to emerge from laboratories, but because relatively few patients were affected and nobody knew what to do […]

Drug companies win Alzheimer’s Aricept appeal against NICE watchdog

The pharmaceutical industry won a stunning victory in the Court of Appeal over the labour government’s “value for money” watchdog NICE. NICE, the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure, had acted unfairly in refusing to allow Eisai and Pfizer full access to a computer model used to assess the cost-effectiveness of Aricept, an Alzheimer’s drug, the […]