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Archive for October, 2008

NHS data breaches hit 75 in a year

Seventy five breaches of data security rules by the health service have been reported to the information commissioner’s office in the past year, new figures reveal. The NHS and healthcare sector is second only to the whole of the private sector at losing computers, records and data. The 75 breaches included 27 lost computers and […]

NHS records NPfIT project grinds to halt

Progress on the £12bn computer programme (NPfIT) designed to give doctors instant access to patients’ records across the country has virtually ground to a halt, raising questions about whether the world’s biggest civil information technology project will ever be finished. Connecting for Health, the ambitious plan to give every patient a comprehensive electronic record, has […]

Doctors do not back cervical vaccine choice made by labour ministers

The wrong vaccine against cervical cancer has been chosen by the labour Government and doctors would give their own daughters the alternative jab, a prominent doctor has warned. GP and broadcaster Dr Phil Hammond, said he and most doctors he has spoken to have opted for Gardasil, rather than Cervarix, for their own children as […]

Nanny state children aged five to get sex education

Children as young as five will be given sex education under labour’s nanny state plans to cut teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Pupils will get basic classes in identifying body parts in the first few years of primary school. In later years, they will be required to have more structured lessons about reproduction and […]

Health Dept prescription medicines pricing shake up descends into chaos

Plans to introduce a new system for setting the price of prescription medicines have been thrown into chaos by the Department of Health, potentially costing the health service tens of millions of Pounds. A joint memo circulated this week by the department and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, the trade body, warns that […]

Treasury U Turn to ensure taxpayer is no longer the loser in PFI deals

The Treasury ordered public bodies doing private finance initiative (PFI) deals to require a much bigger share of any windfall gains from refinancing them in the future. PFI deals are still being negotiated – not without difficulty – in spite of the credit crunch as some banks see their government-backed revenues as a haven in […]

Two thirds of patients fail to get GP’s appointment within 48 hours

Two thirds of NHS patients cannot get an appointment with their GP within 48 hours, a wide ranging report by the healthcare watchdog has found- and the situation is getting worse as last year 80 per cent of patients could see their GPs within 48 hours. The most comprehensive study of its kind has shown […]

Specialist maternity baby care overstretched

Staffing shortages are stretching specialist baby care units to the limit, campaigners say. Premature baby charity Bliss found just 20% of UK hospitals had enough staff to meet recommended care guidelines. The study of 194 neonatal units showed that more than 50% had been forced to close to new admissions during a five-month period because […]

NHS hospitals are warned on core standards

Almost a third of National Health Service hospitals risk being refused a licence to operate because they are still not meeting core standards of safety, effectiveness cleanliness and record keeping, the Healthcare Commission, the NHS inspectorate warned. The failure fully to cover the basics comes despite a big improvement in the health service’s performance over […]

NHS hospitals allowing top up cancer drugs payments

Health Direct has learned that payments to top up NHS care – supposedly banned – are happening at 30 hospitals across the UK. Professor Mike Richards, the cancer tsar for England, has been holding a review about so called co-payments and will report at the end of this month. The issue is also under review […]