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Archive for October, 2010

NHS faces bed blocking crisis after health spending review

NHS patients will be denied hospital beds because they will be bed blocked by the elderly and vulnerable who are unable to get council care after government cuts, a health service chief has warned.The Coalition has promised to increase the NHS budget over the next four years, even as it cuts more than £40 billion […]

Children drink related hospital admissions up by third

The number of under-18s admitted to hospital because of drinking has increased by a third, according to a new report.The figure went up by 32 per cent between 2002 and 2007, with 36 children a day being admitted for alcohol related conditions, the study by the charity Alcohol Concern found. Over the last five years, […]

NHS patients to see medical records online

Patients will be able to view their medical records online, email their GP and compare doctors across Britain under plans for an “information revolution” in the NHS to be led by Martha Lane Fox, the internet entrepreneur. Martha Lane Fox says that the most useful online services for consumers should be made available to NHS […]

First drug addict sterilised under cash for vasectomy offer

A  drug addict has become the first man in the country to be sterilised in exchange for cash under a controversial new project.A man addicted to heroin for 15 years, was given £200 by an American charity in return for having a vasectomy The man, known as John, who has been addicted to heroin for […]

Statins cut bowel cancer risk by 12%

Cholesterol lowering drugs used to prevent heart problems can reduce the risk of bowel cancer by 12%, a study has suggested. The beneficial effect of statins emerged from an analysis of 22 studies involving more than 2.5 million participants. “Statin use was associated with a statistically significant reduction in colorectal cancer,” said lead research Dr […]

Hundreds of foreign doctors not checked for competency

Hundreds of foreign doctors working in Britain have not been checked for language skills or competency, according to figures out today. Despite widespread outrage over the case of a German doctor with poor English whose mistake led to the death of a pensioner, less than one in four foreign doctors is currently being properly verified, […]

Spending Review- how the National Health Service (NHS) is effected

The National Health Service (NHS) is the only major area of Whitehall spending in which there will be a rise in real terms. However, an increase of just 0.1 per cent a year will be dwarfed by the rise in the cost of drugs, an ageing population, the cost of reorganisations and inflation. The cuts: […]

NHS whistleblowers charter for consultation

NHS whistleblowers will be given greater protection under changes being considered in the aftermath of the nursing standards scandal at Mid Staffordshire hospitals. Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said a “culture of fear” had pervaded Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where between 400 and 1,200 patients died due to poor nursing care between 2005 and […]

Summary Care Record IT program given go ahead

The Summary Care Record IT program  is to go ahead, but its content will be limited to core information with an opt out form will be included in patient information packs. The Department of Health has published the results of two simultaneous reviews of the SCR, covering the content of the record and the information […]

ME patients banned from donating blood transfusions

Patients with ME will be banned from donating blood transfusions in the UK under new safety guidelines. Nanny state officials spin that the ban, starting on 1 November, is designed to protect the health of people with ME – also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. But the ME Association says the move is motivated by […]