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Archive for November, 2009

12 NHS hospitals at centre of safety scandal

The true scandal of NHS hospitals failing to comply with basic safety standards is revealed.  Research that ranks every general hospital in England against a range of safety measures has named 12 NHS hospital trusts judged to be “significantly underperforming”. This is despite the fact that last month the Care Quality Commission, the health service […]

Failing hospital condemns hundreds to death

Hundreds of patients died at an NHS hospital after suffering appalling standards of care, a report has found.Poor nursing, filthy wards and lack of leadership at Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust contributed to 400 avoidable deaths in a year. Death rates at the Essex trust were a third higher than they should […]

Swine flu deaths in England reach highest level

Deaths from the swine flu pandemic in England rose to their highest peak yet last week, new figures have shown. The number of confirmed deaths for the week ended November 26 were 21, three higher than the week before and two higher than the previous high a fortnight ago. However at the same time the […]

Drug use in the City still a real problem

The use of alcohol and cocaine remains rife among City workers in spite of rising unemployment and lower wages following the credit crunch, leading physicians involved in the treatment of drug abusing professionals have warned.Neil Brenner, medical director of Priory psychiatric hospital in north London, told the Financial Times that the number of bankers coming […]

Nanny state wants NHS to provide free marriage guidance

Couples are to be offered marriage guidance counselling for free on the NHS, in a move which has drawn strong condemnation from patients and doctors’ groups. Couples with relationship problems will be offered free sessions for up to six months, as part of a £270 million programme to increase the provision of “talking therapies” for […]

Winter NHS deaths rise a national scandal

The highest winter NHS deaths figures in almost 10 years should act as a “deafening wake-up call” for the labour Government, charities said today. There were an extra 36,700 deaths in England and Wales from December 2008 to March 2009, compared with the average for non-winter periods, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) […]

Swine flu- strain resistant to Tamiflu spreads between UK hospital patients

A strain of Tamiflu resistant swine flu has spread between patients in a hospital as five patients on a unit for people with severe underlying health conditions at the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, were diagnosed with swine flu that is resistant to the drug.Three appear to have acquired the infection in hospital, the […]

Sharp rise in England swine flu deaths

The latest weekly bulletin showed a sharp rise in patient deaths and the number of children being admitted to hospital. The overall number of new cases showed a second successive weekly fall. Health officials estimate there were 55,000 new cases this week in England compared with 64,000 last week. There was a slight drop in […]

Swine flu jab to be given to healthy children under five

Healthy children aged under five are to be given the swine flu jab, the Government has confirmed. Currently people in priority groups – including young children with asthma or diabetes – are being vaccinated. But the programme will now be rolled out to children with no underlying health issues, aged over six months and under […]

150,000 dementia sufferers being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs unnecessarily

Up to 150,000 people with dementia are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs unnecessarily, a Government ordered review disclosed. Only around 36,000 of the 180,000 people on the drugs in the UK derive any benefit from them, it said. Overprescribing of the drugs is linked to an extra 1,800 deaths a year among elderly people. Anti-psychotic medicines […]