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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- Senior NHS management should be turned into a profession, with an independent body created to discipline managers and board members, the latest inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said.
Sexual health frankness is key to long relationship
Thu 11 Mar 2010- Young people think frank conversations about their sex lives signal that a relationship will last, says a nanny state survey.
Patients’ medical records go online without consent
Wed 10 Mar 2010- Patients’ confidential medical records are being placed on the controversial NHS database (NPfIT) without their knowledge, doctors’ leaders have warned.
Labour’s scramble to launch £11bn IT spending spree
Tue 9 Mar 2010- Labour was accused of rushing through huge contracts before the election to safeguard the party’s ‘nanny state pet projects’
Labour hid ugly truth about National Health Service (NHS) neglect
Mon 8 Mar 2010- Damning reports on the state of the National Health Service, suppressed by the labour government, reveal how patients’ needs have been neglected.
Inquiry into NHS preferred provider rule halted
Fri 3 Mar 2010- Primary care trusts across the east of England were ordered to suspend procurement for community services yesterday in a move that halted an independent investigation into the legality of Andy Burnham’s “preferred provider” policy for the NHS.
Government to clamp down on health tourists
Thu 4 Mar 2010- A new clampdown on “health tourism” by foreigners who visit Britain for NHS treatment was announced by ministers.
NHS Hospitals to feel the axe as Treasury cuts £11bn
Wed 3 Mar 2010- Alistair Darling will reveal details of how he plans to cut £11 billion from Whitehall spending in the pre election Budget.
Bliar ally says Tories are best for NHS
Tue, 2 Mar 2010- One of the architects of Labour’s NHS reforms is to become a key adviser to the Conservatives because the labour Government has “lost the plot” on improving patient care.
Failed Stafford NHS hospital bosses given pay rises while deaths crisis unfolded
Mon, 1 Mar 2010- Once again labour rewards failure as senior managers who oversaw one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS at Stafford Hospital awarded themselves bumper pay increases at the same time as hundreds of patients were needlessly dying.
Stafford Hospital patients routinely neglected by cost cutting and targets
Fri, 26 Feb 2010- NHS Stafford Hospital patients were “routinely neglected” after management became preoccupied with cost-cutting and targets. Appalling standards of care put many patients at risk, and between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three year period from 2005 to 2008, the independent commission found.
Competition in NHS makes hospitals better, study says
Thu, 25 Feb 2010- Competition produces better managed hospitals which, in turn, produce better outcomes for patients, according to new research from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.
Warning over primary care trusts in commissioning health services
Wed, 24 Feb 2010- Primary care trusts, which commission services for patients from the public, private and voluntary sectors, are at risk of breaching NHS competition rules in a “significant” number of cases
Watchdog says failure by trusts to comply with alerts is unacceptable by risking patients’ lives
Tue, 23 Feb 2010- 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.
Hospital made profit on NHS drugs sold abroad
Mon, 22 Feb 2010- 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.