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Archive for June, 2010

Ban bad fats and cut salt to save 40,000 lives a year- killer quango Nice demands

Cutting the average consumption of salt from eight grams a day to three would save up to 20,000 lives year and reducing fat would save even more, new guidelines  from the killer quango pontificates.Sweeping changes in food production, government policy and lifestyle could prevent tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths each year in Britain and […]

Payout for hospital chief after 90 superbug deaths after DoH bungle

A senior judge has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Department of Health over its treatment of a former head of an NHS trust that experienced the worst superbug outbreak in memory. Lord Justice Sedley gave his ruling as the Court of Appeal awarded more than £190,000 in damages to Rose Gibb, former chief executive […]

PFI- Private firms should share benefits of big hospital contracts with NHS

The NHS should be allowed to share the benefits of “efficiencies” made by private companies who have won lucrative contracts to build and manage hospitals under the private finance initiative, according to report from the National Audit Office. The report into the performance of PFI in the health service praises the private sector for making […]

Potential of genome medicine could be lost warn scientists

The NHS needs a new body for evaluating diagnostic tests if it is to make the most of advances in genomic medicine, says a report. The PHG Foundation and the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge say that the potential of genetic testing to deliver better treatments at lower cost will […]

MS sufferers welcome first licensed cannabis based drug

The first licensed medical drug containing whole cannabis plant extracts has been launched to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Sativex will be made widely available after it was approved by the medicines regulator last week. Taken as a mouth spray, it is used to help alleviate symptoms of spasticity – involuntary muscle stiffness and […]

Dozens of teenage girls have had three abortions or more

Dozens of teenage girls have had three abortions or more, according to figures that campaigners say paint a profoundly depressing picture of modern Britain. These statistics follow controversy last month over the UK’s first ever television advertisement for abortion services. Government data have disclosed that 89 girls aged 17 or under who terminated a pregnancy […]

NHS waiting times targets relaxed and abandoned

NHS Hospital waiting times have been relaxed or scrapped as part of a drive by the new Government to rid the NHS of Labour’s ‘target culture’. Nursing and doctors’ leaders welcomed the greater flexibility they have been given to treat patients according to clinical need rather than being forced to stick to strict central guidelines. […]

One in 10 brain tumour sufferers see their GP eight times before referred to specialist

One in ten brain tumour sufferers see their GP eight times before they are referred to a specialist with a quarter visiting their family doctor four times. The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, which carried out the research, warned that it had heard of patients being forced to buy their own brain scans, at a […]

Thousands of hospital patients dying because too few senior staff work weekends

Health Direct warns that with the weekend coming up, patients are much more likely to die if they are rushed to hospital at weekends than during the week, because too few senior staff are working. Higher deaths rates at weekends mean thousands of patients every year are dying unnecessarily, according to the findings. Patients were […]

Huge disparity in NHS hospital death rates found

Patients less likely to die in some hospitals finds Guardian investigation which suggests that vascular surgery patients are less likely to die in bigger, busier hospital units. Doctors in the NHS do not know how well they are performing and whether they are more likely than their colleagues to kill or cure their patients, because […]