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Archive for December, 2010

Smokers and fat patients thrown off NHS waiting lists

Smokers and overweight patients in need of major operations could be thrown off hospital waiting lists under “desperate” cost-cutting plans. Any smoker referred for ‘non-urgent’ operations will not be allowed to join the queue until they have either given up smoking, or completed a 12-week course to help them ditch the habit Patients’ groups described […]

Politicians should say what they really think about drugs

The real debate about drugs and addiction is considered taboo by the political classAs a rule, politicians only feel able to say what they really think about drugs once they’re safely out of office. This month, Bob Ainsworth, the minister responsible for narcotics policy between 2001 and 2003, called for an end to the “war […]

Flu cases rise 40 per cent claim GPs

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) reported that cases of flu in England and Wales reached 124.4 per 100,000 of the population in the week ending December 26.There were 85.8 per 100,000 cases in the previous week. A Department of Health spokesman said: ”These figures are in keeping with what we would expect during […]

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NHS Direct under growing strain as doctors told to give Tamiflu to low risk patients

HS Direct is struggling to cope as the number of people using the helpline dramatically increases due to freezing weather and the swine flu outbreak.Amid claims some patients had waited for two days to speak to a nurse, officials urged patients to use a new online health information service. Senior nurses suggested the helpline was […]

Politicians should say what they really think about drugs

Real debate about drugs and addiction is considered taboo by the political class, says Andrew M Brown and prescription drugs are increasingly a problem. As a rule, politicians only feel able to say what they really think about drugs once they’re safely out of office. Last week, Bob Ainsworth, the minister responsible for narcotics policy […]

Complaints to NHS top 100,000 for the first time

Complaints about the NHS have breached the 100,000 a year mark for the first time, according to a new report. The figures for 2009/2010 show a 13 per cent increase on the previous year – the largest ever increase . The rise has been fuelled by growing dissatisfaction over the treatment of the elderly in […]

Dieting for two days a week can almost half the risk of breast cancer

Dieting for two days every week could reduce women’s chances of developing breast cancer by almost half, scientists have found. A study found that when overweight women were put on a restrictive diet there was a reduction of up to 40 per cent in cancer-causing hormones following an average drop in weight of 13lb. The […]

Swine flu- half of worst afflicted were previously in good health

Fears of a major swine flu crisis are growing after a letter from the country’s top doctor warned that half of the most severe cases have involved people who were previously healthy. Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s chief medical officer, has written to all GPs and NHS hospitals warning of a “sharp increase” in […]

Increase in work for NHS lifts private hospitals’ profits

Private hospitals bucked the recession in 2009 – but only by massively expanding the amount of work they carry out for the National Health Service, according to the analysts Laing and Buisson.Overall, revenue rose by 7.5 per cent to £3.76bn. But patients treated under private medical insurance fell by 30,000 between 2007 and 2009 as […]