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Archive for May, 2010

NHS London chairman quits over government policy change

The chairman of NHS London has resigned after stating his vision of healthcare delivery had “little in common” with that of the new government.In a letter to the health secretary Andrew Lansley, Sir Richard Sykes said he thought his work had made real improvements for Londoners. Other NHS London board members may also leave, Sir […]

Heart attack risk at football stadiums neglected

Too many football grounds do not have the right equipment and plans to save the lives of fans who have heart attacks, a study has found. The poll of 187 stadiums found over a quarter did not have defibrillators and many did not have emergency plans.The Sweden led study, carried out by a group of […]

NHS uses babies’ blood DNA for secret database

NHS hospitals have quietly created banks of DNA from blood taken from millions of newborn babies without the proper consent of their parents.Freedom of information (FOI) requests to hospitals around Britain have established that the blood samples, taken in heel-prick tests to screen for serious conditions, have been privately stored by parts of the NHS […]

MMR vaccine row Dr Andrew Wakefield defends investigation

The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism will appeal being struck off the medical register. The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.It follows a GMC ruling earlier this year that he had acted unethically. Dr […]

Top GPs earning over £300,000 a year

Britain’s highest paid GPs have broken through the £300,000-a-year barrier working for the National Health Service. One of them, Suppiah Ratneswaren, 61, who is linked to four separate NHS practices in the south London borough of Greenwich, has admitted he is earning between £300,000 and £400,000 a year, 90% of it from the health service. […]

NHS continues Connecting for Health medical database- despite promises

The NHS’s Connecting for Health CfH, NPfIT continues to push forward its plan to nationalise and centralise all medical records in England. This despite a misleading announcement from the Department of Health that uploads to the Summary Care Record (SCR) aka Snoopers Charter are ‘on hold’. In just the last few days, the medical press […]

Hospitals face staff shortages as junior doctors become pregnant

NHS Hospitals risk staff shortages because of the numbers of junior doctors becoming pregnant after getting their first secure job, medics have warned. They have urged the Government to make better long term plans so that departments were not left struggling when several doctors go on maternity leave at once. The British Medical Association’s annual […]

New mother’s death costs NHS Hospital £100,000

A NHS hospital trust was ordered to pay £100,000 after a mother who had just given birth died due to a mix-up between “identical-looking” drugs. Mayra Cabrera, 30, died hours after giving birth to son Zac, who survived, at Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire, on May 11 2004. A nurse wrongly attached the epidural […]

NHS safety alerts jump by a quarter in six months

The number of reported safety alerts involving NHS patients has risen sharply, with nearly 500,000 incidents in six months. But fewer patients are dying or coming to seriuos harm as a result of medical errors in England, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) said. The figures show that 473,162 incidents were reported between April and […]

NHS scaring patients into accepting electronic records database

The NHS has been accused of scaring patients into agreeing to have their personal information included on the controversial NPfIT electronic records database. The agency charged with rolling out the new system is warning of “adverse consequences” if people choose to opt out of the computerised network, which has been criticised as chaotic by doctors. […]