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Archive for July, 2010

HIV infection rate in over 50s doubles

HIV infections among the over 50s have more than doubled in seven years. The number of new cases per year recorded in England, Wales and Northern Ireland rose from 299 to 710 between 2000 and 2007, research has shown. Half were diagnosed late, increasing the risk of an early death from Aids. Among younger age […]

Private US firm advising NHS sees profits surge

Controversial US group UnitedHealth, which runs GPs’ practices and advises PCTs in UK reported a 30% leap in profits to $1.1bn.The company recently had to repay $350m to settle a US case in which it was accused of artificially depressing insurance repayments to customers. A US health insurance company that recently won a multimillion-pound contract […]

Banishing the NHS paper pushers to cut waste and red tape

Finger on the Pulse- pointless and costly bureaucracy and ludicrous management salaries have no place in this era of austerity. Several years ago, a friend worked as a temp in the NHS. She was the secretary to a group of middle management in a primary care trust (PCT) and spent the summer holiday before going […]

Coroner condemns maternity unit after death of third baby

A coroner yesterday condemned a “scandalous” hospital maternity unit over the death of a third baby in its care. Milton Keynes General Hospital has been heavily criticised over shortages of beds and midwives following the deaths of baby girls Romy Feast and Ebony McCall. Yesterday, its maternity unit faced fresh scrutiny after an inquest found […]

NHS suffering devastating cuts to jobs and services warns BMA

The NHS is suffering potentially devastating cuts to jobs and patient services as the Government’s austerity drive hits the health service, doctors’ leaders have warned.Thousands of doctors and nurses face being made redundant or not replaced if they leave, while many hospitals have cut treatments, the British Medical Association has found. Despite ministers’ assurances that […]

Anthrax deaths expose drug addicts’ plight

A spate of 13 deaths among heroin users whose drugs were contaminated with anthrax has highlighted how addicts are “demonised” and struggle to get treatment, according to experts. Since the contaminated batch was first detected in the UK last Christmas, almost 50 addicts have been admitted to hospital, while 13 have died. Anthrax-related heroin deaths […]

UK life expectancy gap is widening- despite labours promises

The gap between average life expectancy and that of the poorest in England is widening despite efforts to close it, a National Audit Office report says. Life expectancy is now 77.9 years for men and 82 years for women but in poor areas it falls to 75.8 and 80.4 years. The NAO says this means […]

Royal College of GPs warns over NHS health visitors

The Royal College of GPs says thousands of new health visitors whom the government plans to recruit should not solely be placed in children’s centres. Over 4,000 more health visitors have been promised in England, focused in Sure Start centres. GPs say there is already a breakdown in communication with health visitors who work in […]

Emergency hospital admissions rises are unsustainable for NHS

The rise in emergency admissions to hospitals is “overheating” the system in England and is “unsustainable” in the future, a health think tank says. Analysis by the Nuffield Trust found there were now 4.9 million unplanned admissions a year – a rise of 12% since 2004-05 – costing the NHS £11bn a year. It said […]

Sacked NHS whistleblower vindicated and should be reinstated

An NHS worker with an unblemished 27-year career was sacked after she blew the whistle on senior doctors who were moonlighting at a private hospital while being paid to diagnose NHS patients, an employment tribunal has heard. Sharmila Chowdhury, 51, the radiology service manager at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, repeatedly warned the hospital’s most senior […]