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Archive for February, 2010

Watchdog says failure by trusts to comply with alerts is unacceptable by risking patients’ lives

Hospitals were accused of putting patients’ lives at unnecessary risk after research revealed they were failing to comply with NHS orders designed to prevent deaths from mistakes involving drugs, surgery or equipment. Information released by the ­Department of Health after a freedom of information request showed that hospitals were not complying with safety alerts issued […]

Hospital made profit on NHS drugs sold abroad

A Surrey hospital sold millions of pounds worth of NHS medicines abroad during the past year, despite official warnings calling for an end to such arbitrage for fear it could lead to shortages for British patients. The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford confirmed a report in the Health Service Journal that it had made […]

Victims misdiagnosed by doctor paid £4m in compensation

The victims of a doctor who reduced children to “zombies” after misdiagnosing them have been paid more than £4m in compensation. Dr Andrew Holton mistakenly declared more than 600 patients epileptic during one of the biggest cases of misdiagnosis in the history of the NHS. Many of them were prescribed a debilitating cocktail of drugs […]

Dementia costing UK £23bn a year

Dementia costs the country £23 billion per year- more than cancer and heart disease combined but receives a fraction of the funding, according to a new “wake-up call” report. The number of sufferers at 822,000 is also 17 per cent higher than has previously been estimated and will pass the one million mark before 2025, […]

NHS’s major trauma services – not good enough

England has an unacceptably poor service for dealing with major trauma, in spite of 20 years of reports identifying the problem, and a real terms doubling of NHS spending in the past decade, the National Audit Office found. Some 450 to 600 lives a year could be saved, and much long-term disability prevented, if the […]

NHS spending squeeze to hurt PFI hospitals most

NHS hospitals built under the private finance initiative will face a much tougher time making the productivity and efficiency gains that are needed as public spending is squeezed, PFI experts and NHS managers are warning. Under PFI, hospitals pay a single annual charge, typically for 25 or 30 years. It covers the cost of the […]

More patients die as lone GPs cover thousands in opt out services

Some parts of Britain are relying on just one out-of-hours GP at night to serve more than 240,000 residents. An investigation by The Sunday Times into the inadequacy of round-the-clock cover has established two further deaths, including that of a three-year-old boy, after failures in the system. Brighton, Bolton and Wigan are among the areas […]

Free elderly care expansion promises spark row over affordability

Plans to expand free home care for the elderly sparked furious exchanges at Prime Minister’s questions yesterday as a new report said “radical changes” were needed to maintain the care system in the face of increasing demands. The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual report on health and social care services in England said a predicted […]

Doctors are addicted to every drug under the sun

Doctors are addicted to “every drug under the sun” the head of the first ever confidential GP service for health professionals has warned. In its first year the clinic has treated NHS staff hooked on drugs including heroin, ketamine, a horse tranquilliser, and methadrone, a drug linked to amphetamines, said Dr Clare Gerada, medical director […]

Doctor Daniel Ubani unlawfully killed overdose patient

A coroner has demanded a review of EU agreements over the recognition of doctors when he ruled that the death of a 70-year-old patient who was administered a tenfold overdose by an “incompetent” German GP was unlawful killing. William Morris called the death of David Gray “gross negligence and manslaughter” and issued 11 recommendations to […]