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Archive for January, 2011

MRSA Action UK’s fears for government’s continued failings over hygiene

MRSA Action UK’s dismay at the government’s continued failings to inform the public of the need to protect themselves from Swine Flu and other infectious illnesses that have become a modern day plague. With H1N1 (Swine Flu), norovirus and the continuing threat from MRSA and Clostridium difficile in the community setting MRSA Action UK is […]

Flu vaccination call for all children from doctors

The doctor parents of a three year old girl who died from swine flu have called for all children to be vaccinated against the virus. Lana Ameen, who had no underlying health problems, died in hospital on Boxing Day, two days after apparently catching a cold and developing a high temperature. Her parents, a doctor […]

Casualty units shut to pay for labour’s private finance hospital contracts

NHS trusts are closing accident and emergency departments to help pay for hospitals built under Labour’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) an investigation by The Daily Telegraph has found. Since 2007, more than a fifth of England’s hospital trusts with active PFI hospitals have closed casualty departments, or published proposals to do so. In the same […]

Lucrative NHS overtime for consultants questioned

Some health consultants are making more than £100,000 a year in overtime payments from the NHS. The sums – paid on top of basic salaries and bonuses – have been criticised at a time when the health service is trying to save money. Consultants have been accused of playing the system, but doctors said poor […]

Pregnant women denied flu jabs say midwives

Pregnant women were denied the seasonal flu jab in some parts of the UK, before swine flu began claiming more lives, because not all GPs were aware that mothers-to-be had been made a priority group to receive the jab this winter. Louise Silverton, deputy general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, told the Guardian […]

High doses of common painkillers like ibuprofen increase stroke risk warn researchers

Commonly used painkillers increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes when taken at high doses or over the long term, according to research. Experts analysed more than 30 clinical trials on more than 116,000 patients to examine the effects of painkillers on people’s health. The fears relate to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as […]

Cancer- GPs given money and powers to help save 5,000 lives

The lives of more than 5,000 cancer sufferers will be saved each year under an £800 million government drive to make England’s survival rates among the best in Europe, the Health Secretary announced this week. The strategy will focus on increasing the number of lives saved by the NHS with a series of measures to […]

IVF quango battles for it’s own life against closure

The HFEA was one of 192 quangos listed for abolition in October as one of the coalition’s flagship money saving initiatives. Three months after the formal announcement of its abolition, the authority is continuing its work and gently fighting a low-key, behind-the-scenes battle for survival. Its office does not have the aura of a body […]

Pregnant women win £200,000 payout over pill implant contraceptive failures

Nearly £200,000 in compensation has been paid to women who have become pregnant or been hurt after they were fitted with a popular contraceptive implant. The NHS has received more than 1,000 complaints about Implanon, a device that had been hailed as the future of family planning. The procedure involves injecting a plastic implant under […]

We cannot afford not to reform NHS says David Cameron

The Government cannot afford to delay essential reform of Britain’s public services, David Cameron warned yesterday. As ministers prepared to publish legislation to radically overhaul the NHS, the Prime Minister said that failure to modernise was draining resources away from the public sector. The Government’s plans for the NHS were denounced by six health service […]