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Archive for March, 2010

NHS managers numbers rise to nearly 45,000

There have been sharp rises in the number of managers in the NHS in England who rose by nearly 12% last year, to almost 45,000. During the same period, the number of qualified nurses increased by less than 2%. The NHS in England now employs just over 1.6 million people – an increase of 4.6% on the […]

PFI project costs exceed £200bn

The taxpayer’s commitment to pay for hospitals, schools, roads and other projects built under the private finance initiative has topped £200bn, documents published in the Budget showed – a total that would pay to run the National Health Service for two years. The cash will be paid out over the next 25 years to cover […]

NHS statistics deliver blow to labour ministers

National Health Service productivity has fallen by 3 per cent, or 0.4 per cent a year on average, since 2001, latest official figures show. The biggest annual fall, 0.7 per cent, occurred in 2008, the most recent year for which the Office for National Statistics has figures. The continued decline in productivity will be an […]

NHS watchdog NICE acting against government advice, says cancer group

Patients are being denied access to drugs for rarer cancers because the NHS treatment watchdog is acting contrary to the recommendations of a government inquiry, a report claims today. Analysis by the Rarer Cancers Forum (RCF) suggests that the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) is “failing to follow the spirit” of guidelines designed to improve […]

Swine Flu Info Symptoms

Swine Flu Symptoms- NHS news, advice Swine flu info symptoms by Health Direct– latest news, advice and information. Swine flu- move to recover cost of vaccine Fri, 22 Jan 2010- The government is attempting to claw back tens of millions of pounds from flu vaccine manufacturers as it seeks to scale down an immunisation plan […]

Health Direct NHS weekly review

NHS Health Direct weekly advice, news and information of National Health Service events and developments Weekend GPs opt out services kill patients- Feb 15 2010 Doctors warn on GPs finances- Feb 8 2010 Labour squanders £300 billion in PFI schemes- Feb 1 2010 Labour’s computer blunders tops £26 Billion- Jan 25 2010 Labour wastes taxpayers […]

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Labour plans to cuts hundreds of NHS hospital wards Mon 15 2010- Plans that could lead to the closure of hundreds of hospital wards are being drawn up but will not be made public until after the general election, opposition parties have said. NHS managers need disciplinary body, latest inquiry urges Fri 12 Mar 2010- […]

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Labour plans to cuts hundreds of NHS hospital wards Mon 15 2010- Plans that could lead to the closure of hundreds of hospital wards are being drawn up but will not be made public until after the general election, opposition parties have said. NHS managers need disciplinary body, latest inquiry urges Fri 12 Mar 2010- […]

NHS target for A&E treatment risks patient safety

Doctors say a key NHS target – to treat people visiting accident and emergency units within four hours – is compromising care and patient safety. The College of Emergency Medicine says the target, at English hospitals, puts staff under “incredible pressure”. It says it supports having a target in principle, but that doctors sometimes need […]

NHS staff lack faith in quality of care, own research finds

Many hundreds of thousands of patients are being treated in hospitals where at least 20 per cent of the staff have said they would not be happy with the standard of care if a friend or relative needed treatment, an NHS staff survey has found. Yesterday’s figures were described as “deeply worrying” by John Appleby, […]