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Archive for March, 2009

Poll reveals public distrust of NHS governance

As Health Direct posts that the majority of British voters want an independent inquiry into the supervision of NHS hospitals today- over the rest of the week we will examine the chronic state of paperpushing, targets fixation and waste under labour’s maladministration. An opinion poll by ICM Research found that 78 per cent of the […]

Ten NHS trusts have worse death rates than shocking Mid Staffordshire

Ten health trusts have worse death rates than the hospital where at least 400 patients died needlessly because of “shocking and appalling” standards of care. A damning watchdog report detailed a catalogue of failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, including dehydrated patients being forced to drink out of flower vases while others were left […]

Lawyers use NHS as £100m cash cow

Lawyers are earning £800 an hour from the National Health Service and taking “indefensible” fees of tens of millions of pounds in legal disputes. The money is coming from a labour government scheme intended to compensate patients for medical blunders and inadequate care, an investigation has found. The compensation lawyers are claiming costs and “success […]

NICE U turn as kidney cancer patients to get Sutent drug on NHS

Terminal kidney cancer patients will receive an expensive drug on the NHS, following a U turn by the labour Government’s drugs rationing body. The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (Nice) has approved the use of Sutent, which costs around £27,000 a year, in its final decision yesterday. But the body will turn down three other […]

NHS is killing patients with learning disabilities, regulators find

The National Health Service is failing people with learning disabilities, according to a report published yesterday on the deaths of six disabled patients. Regulators blame hospitals and local authorities for “significant and distressing failures” that led to the six patients receiving inadequate care because of their disabilities. Ann Abraham, the Health Service Ombudsman for England, […]

Labour’s health databases will break the law

The NHS detailed care record and the secondary uses service are among two public sector databases deemed “almost certainly illegal” in a report by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. The trust, which funds campaigns to promote civil liberties, warned that a quarter of public sector databases appear to fall foul of human rights or data […]

Hospital was upgraded in spite of deaths

A Staffordshire hospital was granted flagship status despite providing such “appalling” emergency care that “there is no doubt that patients will have suffered and some of them will have died”, the health service’s quality watchdog said last week. Alan Johnson, the health secretary, apparently failed to pass on patients’ concerns at a time when Monitor, […]

Children’s lives put at risk by poor care at specialist hospital

Children’s lives were put at risk by the poor standard of care at a specialist hospital, according to the second damning report into health provision to be published this week. An investigation by the Healthcare Commission found that there was a shortage of beds at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as managers “struggled” to […]

Ditherer Brown’s PFI U Turn

After a dozen years of wasteful, expensive over spinning and under delivering Stalinist Brown has created a new PFI process. Seven private sector consortiums are to be given a form of quasi-monopoly on a potential £2bn-£3bn ($3bn-$4bn) market for building health centres, community hospitals and perhaps some local authority facilities. The Department of Health is […]

Labour’s NHS targets may have led to 1,200 deaths in Mid-Staffordshire

NHS managers have been accused of putting targets and cost-cutting ahead of patients as a report found up to 1,200 people may have died needlessly due to “appalling standards of care” at a single hospital. An astonishing litany of failings at Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals trust was uncovered by the Healthcare Commission in one of the most […]