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Archive for September, 2010

Doctor suspended after getting patient pregnant

A doctor who got one of his patients pregnant and then helped to arrange an abortion has been suspended from medical practice. Stephen Carr-Bains, 56, had sexual relationships with two vulnerable patients while working at a surgery at the University of Surrey. When one of the women fell pregnant he arranged for a termination but […]

Drugs specials cost NHS an extra £160m

More than £70m a year could be saved from the drugs budget in England, if the government closed a legal loophole.Official figures show middlemen – or wholesalers – are inflating the price of a group of drugs called “unlicensed specials” – sometimes by thousands of percent. These are often simple drugs, sold as a liquid […]

NICE- killer quango wants taxpayers to bribe obese and smokers

NICE the killer quango wants to waste taxpayers money by suggesting that the NHS should bribe fat people to lose weight and smokers to quit, and give children toys for eating their fruit and vegetables.The Killer Quango- the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) was set up in early 1999 by the labour Secretary of […]

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Dementia cost to top 1% of GDP

Dementia care costs are rising fast with the costs associated with dementia amounting to more than 1% of the world’s gross domestic product this year at £388bn a report says.The World Alzheimer Report says this is more than the revenue of retail giant Wal-Mart or oil firm Exxon Mobil. The authors say dementia poses the […]

Almost a thousand GPs earn more than £200,000

Almost 1,000 GPs are being paid more than £200,000 a year with the average wage topping £100,000, new figures have shown. Ten percent of GPs earnt between £150,000 and £200,000 in 2008/9 Some 700 GPs were paid between £200,000 and £250,000 in 2008/09, an increase of 50 from the previous year, according to data from […]

Small dose of aspirin can ward off bowel cancer

Taking a quarter of an aspirin pill every day can help prevent bowel cancer, with the benefits growing the longer it is taken, scientists claim. A daily 75mg dose – lower than the recommended dose for a child – can provide significant protective effects after just one year, researchers said. Even people not considered to […]

Single prostate cancer test could save tens of thousands of lives

A single blood test for every man aged 60 could save tens of thousands of lives by pinpointing those most at risk from prostate cancer, scientists claim. The national screening programme would rule out the risk in half of the male population and also identify those most in danger of dying from the disease, the […]

6,500 NHS staff earn more than the Prime Minister

Nine thousand public sector staff are earning more than Prime Minsiter with the majority- 6,500 working in the NHS. An investigation by BBC1’s Panorama and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism suggested the numbers earning more than David Cameron’s £142,500-a-year are significantly higher than previously thought. Based on the responses to more than 2,400 Freedom of […]

Colon cancer cases may rise 50%- killing thousands

The UK is heading for a 50% increase in the number of new colon cancer cases over the next 30 years, says an international team of scientists. The forecast, in the European Journal of Cancer, is for 35,000 new cases a year by 2040, compared with 23,000 now. Rising obesity is one reason – and […]