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Archive for August, 2008

Dentists pulling out more teeth instead of fixing them

Dentists are increasingly pulling patients’ teeth out because they lose money if they carry out more complex operations to fix them, official figures show. In the two years since dentists were given a new contract, 1.1m fewer people were treated on the health service than in the two previous years. Those patients were more likely […]

Labour targets created £90,000 NHS smoking fraud

A man defrauded nearly £90,000 from the NHS by working as a stop smoking adviser and signing up non smoking strangers to exaggerate his success rates and income. Harry Singer, 54, took advantage of the labour Government’s smoking cessation programme which pays doctors, pharmacists and community groups £45 for every patient they convince to give […]

NHS diabetes care ‘still has mountain to climb’, experts warn

The NHS still ‘has a mountain to climb’ in the treatment and prevention of diabetes despite labour Government boasts of good progress, experts have said. A report from the Department of Health said diabetes care is improving rapidly thanks to new guidelines developed five years ago. More people are being diagnosed and are receiving treatment, […]

NHS cancels more than 100,000 operations in a year

More than 100,000 operations have been cancelled by the NHS over the past year because of bed shortages, staffing problems and other non-clinical reasons, new figures released reveal. The Department of Health announced that just over 57,000 operations had been cancelled. However, these figures only cover cancellations made in the 24 hours before an operation. […]

NHS risks losing cancer drugs after NICE blights patients

One of the world’s leading drug companies is threatening to withdraw some of its new cancer treatments from the process by which they are approved for use in the National Health Service. Cancer patients in Britain will consequently be denied more effective drugs that are available to sufferers in other countries. Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical […]

Top-ups for drugs are fair says voters

Patients should be given the chance to pay extra for the best available drugs in addition to their NHS treatment, according to a Sunday Times poll. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said patients should be permitted to top up their treatment. The government is reviewing the issue after a Sunday Times campaign. According to the […]

Dental NHS copayments total £4.5bn since 1997

NHS dental patients have paid £4.5bn in charges since 1997, while 2 million people have “lost” their dentist, the Conservatives have claimed.The total paid in charges per year increased 22 per cent between 1997 and 2007, according to figures released to shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley. New analysis by the Conservatives reveals that: NHS dental […]

Drug companies face fresh action after trial failure

Efforts to punish a group of drug companies allegedly behind one of the biggest price-fixing schemes to hit the public purse are being stepped up after the collapse of their criminal trial. Frank Field, the former Labour social security minister, wrote to Alan Johnson, the health secretary, yesterday to urge further action against the businesses […]

New prostate cancer drug hailed by experts

A powerful new drug could transform the treatment of men with aggressive prostate cancer, according to London’s Institute of Cancer Research whose scientists developed it. The drug – abiraterone – received an enthusiastic endorsement from the institute, Europe’s largest cancer research laboratory, and its associated Royal Marsden hospital, as the first clinical trial results were […]

Drug appeal procedures chaotic

The pleas of cancer sufferers in England for drugs other than those usually funded by the NHS are not dealt with fairly, a patient group claims. The Rarer Cancers Forum said the appeal system was chaotic and the result often depended on where the patient lived. One in four appeals made in a 20-month period […]