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 money on IT projects- Jan 18 2010
New Year- new labour spin with carparks hopes- Jan 11 2010
Health Direct NHS preview of 2010- Jan 4 2010
Victims misdiagnosed by doctor paid £4m in compensation
Fri, 19 Feb 2010- The victims of a doctor who reduced children to “zombies” after misdiagnosing them have been paid more than £4m in compensation.
Dementia costing UK £23bn a year
Thu, 18 Feb 2010- 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.
NHS’s major trauma services- not good enough
Wed, 17 Feb 2010- 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.
NHS spending squeeze to hurt PFI hospitals most
Tue, 16 Feb 2010- 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.
More patients die as lone GPs cover thousands in opt out services
Mon, 15 Feb 2010- Some parts of Britain are relying on just one out-of-hours GP at night to serve more than 240,000 residents
Call for social care reform as costs escalate
Fri, 12 Feb 2010- Radical reform of social care is needed both to contain costs and improve the quality of a system that is “fundamentally broken” say leading academics.
Free elderly care expansion promises spark row over affordability
Thu, 11 Feb 2010- 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.
Whistleblower who criticised NHS cost cutting wins damages
Wed, 10 Feb 2010- A consultant urologist who was suspended after speaking out against cost cutting at an NHS hospital has won damages at an employment tribunal in a landmark case.
Doctors are addicted to every drug under the sun
Tue, 9 Feb 2010- Doctors are addicted to “every drug under the sun” the head of the first ever confidential GP service for health professionals has warned.
BMA cost warning on plan to scrap GP boundaries
Mon, 8 Feb 2010- The British Medical Association has fired a broadside at government plans to give patients a completely free choice of family doctor, warning that the proposals could cost “hundreds of millions of pounds a year”
Doctor Daniel Ubani unlawfully killed overdose patient
Fri, 5 Feb 2010- 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.
Hospitals must cut services to stay afloat, watchdog quango warns
Thu, 4 Feb 2010- Hospitals will have to reduce services, sell off buildings and move into smaller premises to cope with financial pressures in the next few years, the head of the foundation trusts’ regulatory body has warned.
Tories to make GPs after hours care a priority
Wed, 3 Feb 2010- The Conservatives have pledged to make GPs responsible for round-the-clock care after the scandal of foreign locum doctors putting patients’ lives at risk.
Replacement for Professor David Nutt said cannabis should be legalised
Tue, 2 Feb 2010- A former Oxford academic chosen to replace sacked Professor David Nutt as the head of the government’s drugs advisory panel once called for the legalisation of cannabis.
How labour government squanders £300 billions with PFI schemes
Mon, 1 Feb 2010- On the face of it, PFI schemes does not sound like a good deal- decide what you want, find someone to supply it, then sign a contract that binds you into a legal straitjacket for decades, during which you pay them 37 times what the item is worth.
Obese patients encouraged to put on weight to qualify for surgery
Fri, 29 Jan 2010- Access to NHS weight loss operations is inconsistent, unethical and a postcode lottery, says Royal College of Surgeons
Fear over quality of care if NHS centralises further
Thu, 28 Jan 2010- There is a real risk that the next government will resort to central control of the NHS, reversing the gains of recent years and damaging patient care, warns the outgoing chairman of Monitor, the independent regulator of the self-governing NHS foundation trusts.
Patients in England and Wales denied arthritis drug available in Scotland by NICE
Wed, 27 Jan 2010- Patients in England and Wales are being denied a powerful new arthritis drug on the NHS despite a decision by Scottish health authorities to provide it to sufferers for free by NICE- the drug rationing quango.
NHS- renowned experts but no world class hospitals
Tue, 26 Jan 2010- Britain lacks any world- class hospitals because the culture of the National Health Service is still too much one of central direction and control, according to William Moyes.
Labour’s computer blunders cost £26bn- and rising
Mon, 25 Jan 2010- Labour ministers blamed for ‘stupendous incompetence’ after taxpayers are left with huge bills for bungled IT projects.
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 to protect the country from a severe pandemic.
Tax inspectors target health professionals such as doctors and dentists
Thu, 21 Jan 2010- Middle class professionals such as doctors and dentists are facing an unprecedented crackdown on tax evasion.
Two catch Legionnaire’s disease at hospital attacked over hygiene
Wed, 20 Jan 2010- Two patients have contracted Legionnaire’s disease at a hospital recently condemned for poor hygiene, blood splattered equipment and an unusually high death rate among patients.
Labour’s plans for elderly care put essential services at risk
Tue, 19 Jan 2010- Frontline services such as social work, meals on wheels and road maintenance may have to be cut to cover the cost of controversial plans for elderly care at home, local authority leaders have warned.
Labours’ only success- wasting taxpayers money
Mon, 18 Jan 2010- Health Direct is appalled at the expensive IT project that is the NPfIT white elephant- and the money that is being wasted in our names.
Decision on new health regulator quango delayed
Fri, 15 Jan 2010- Monitor, the foundation trust regulator, is to be left for months without a permanent chairman or chief executive after the Department of Health announced that it was to re-advertise the post of chairman.
NHS paid doctor £375 an hour
Thu, 14 Jan 2010- NHS spending on agency workers has risen sharply in the past financial year in spite of attempts to control such expenditure, according to figures issued by the Conservatives.
Fall in clinical trials of drugs through NICE
Wed, 13 Jan 2010- Investment by drugs companies and access by patients to innovative medicines in the UK are coming under threat, as data show a decline in the number of clinical trials conducted in this country.
GPs to get new IT in drive to prevent 10,000 cancer deaths
Tue, 12 Jan 2010- GPs are to start predicting whether a patient has the early symptoms of cancer using a computer program that calculates risk, under plans to prevent the 10,000 unnecessary deaths a year caused by late diagnosis
Labour delays free hospital car parking again
Mon, 11 Jan 2010- Andy Burnham has outlined more proposals to phase out hospital parking charges for in-patients and some out-patients which he says have caused “great resentment”
UK health groups look abroad to fight MRSA superbugs
Fri, 8 Jan 2010- UK companies developing products that fight MRSA hospital superbugs are complaining that there are few opportunities in their domestic markets, and focusing their sales efforts overseas.
Labour ministers to take control of hospital charity cash
Thu, 7 Jan 2010- Hundreds of millions of pounds of charity donations to hospitals are to be “nationalised” under an NHS accounting change, which critics say will make it easier to slash underfunded health budgets.
Drunk and overdosing homeless people put strain on NHS
Wed, 6 Jan 2010- One drunk or drug addicted homeless person is admitted to hospital every three hours, putting a severe strain on the National Health Service, new figures show.
David Cameron sets out policies to boost NHS
Tue, 5 Jan 2010- David Cameron has pledged to protect spending on the NHS as he set out twenty policies to boost Britain’s health services if the Conservatives win the forthcoming general election.
Health Direct NHS preview of 2010
Mon, 4 Jan 2010- Spending will dominate debates over the NHS and health – especially in an election year and the scale of NHS cuts will become apparent as the year progresses.