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Archive for October, 2009

Postcode lottery for IVF treatment faced by patients

Couples seeking IVF infertility treatment in some parts of Scotland are having to wait up to three years longer than those in other areas, it was revealed. Labour MSP Jackie Baillie called on the Scottish government to end what she described as a postcode lottery on IVF treatment. Figures obtained by the MSP under a […]

High society- Britain’s drug taking clubbers pt 2

The first wideranging academic study of clubbers’ behaviour in a decade, indicates that thousands of apparently successful, healthy and economically active people in their twenties, thirties and forties choose to be heavy recreational drug users at the weekend. With permission from club proprietors, Measham and Moore did their fieldwork in Manchester, the epitome of the […]

High society- Britain’s drug taking clubbers

Almost all Britain’s thousands of clubbers routinely take drugs, in particular cocaine , cannabis and ecstasy. The first wideranging academic study of clubbers’ behaviour in a decade, released this month, indicates that thousands of apparently successful, healthy and economically active people in their twenties, thirties and forties choose to be heavy recreational drug users at […]

NHS told to brace itself over swine flu epidemic

The NHS has been told to brace itself for action after a steep rise in swine flu infections. The number of new cases reported in England over the past week has nearly doubled to 53,000. In Scotland, there was a slight rise to 14,650. It comes as more and more people are being admitted into […]

3,000 NHS staff get private health care

The National Health Service has spent £1.5m paying for hundreds of its staff to have private health treatment so they can leapfrog their own waiting lists. More than 3,000 staff, including doctors and nurses, have gone private at the taxpayers’ expense in the past three years because the queues at the clinics and hospitals where […]

One in eight NHS trusts could face fines and hospital closures due to substandard services

One in eight local NHS healthcare trusts could face fines and even be forced to close hospitals from next April if they do not improve standards, the new health regulator has warned. The Care Quality Commission said that “alarm bells” should ring in the boardrooms of 47 of the country’s 392 NHS trusts, which have […]

Swine flu could lead to rise in MRSA

A second wave of swine flu hitting Britain could lead to a rise in MRSA infections, medics have warned. The MRSA Working Group, together with National Concern for Healthcare Infection and the Patients Association, is calling for the early discharge of patients from hospital to try and prevent a rise in the killer superbug.They said […]

False waiting time figures probed

A hospital has apologised and launched an inquiry after hundreds of patients’ records were altered to suggest NHS waiting time targets were met. Records were changed to claim patients were treated within four hours at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. A review found 765 records were amended between March and September. The hospital previously said […]

Unoffical NHS euthenasia as daughter saves mother, 80, left by doctors to starve

An 80 year old grandmother who doctors identified as terminally ill and left to starve to death has recovered after her outraged daughter intervened. Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had […]

National swine flu vaccination to start this week

A national swine flu vaccination campaign will begin this week, with high risk patients and frontline health workers the first to receive a single dose jab, the Chief Medical Officer has announced. Sir Liam Donaldson said that from today hospitals would start vaccinating priority patients, such as people receiving cancer treatment, with the first deliveries […]