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Archive for April, 2011

Man jailed for worst ever breach of medicines supply chain

A British man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in what law enforcers describe as the “most serious known breach” of the regulated UK medicines supply chain. Following a four month trial in Croydon Crown Court, 64-year old Peter Gillespie was found guilty for working with an international network of […]

Nurses call for annual MOT health check

Nurses have suggested they should undergo an annual health and well-being “MoT”. The physical and psychological assessment could take place alongside yearly appraisals, according to nurses at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) conference in Liverpool. They believe the plan would help staff set a healthy example to patients and argued that there are more […]

NHS should stop wasting money on “ineffective” operations warns bean counter quango

Health authorities should stop wasting money on “ineffective” operations like tonsil removals and wisdom teeth extractions, according to the quango Audit Commission. It has calculated that the NHS could save £500 million a year by doing so, that could be put towards more worthwhile treatments. Its briefing, Reducing expenditure on low clinical value treatments, found […]

NHS funding pressures hitting frontline- Accident & Emergency chief warns

Hospital casualty departments are struggling to cope with growing demand for emergency care because they have too few staff and not enough beds, Britain’s top accident and emergency doctor has warned. As new figures pointed to a steep rise in A&E waiting times and 890 ambulance jobs were lost, John Heyworth, president of the College […]

Children are significantly fatter than their parents were at the same age

Today’s generation of 11-year-olds are significantly taller – and fatter – than their parents were at the same age, a survey suggests. According to the first ever nationwide sizing survey using 3D body scanners, both typical waist-lines and height have increased over the last 30 years. The findings are based on measurements of more than […]

Patients are denied high cost drugs by NHS trusts’ managers

Family doctors are being prevented from prescribing drugs for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis as NHS managers attempt to make drastic budget cuts, an investigation has found. Primary care trusts are adding more medicines to their so-called “red lists” which means they can only be prescribed by a hospital consultant and not […]

Private company pulls out of NHS contract after Tower Hamlets PCT row

A private company that won a 10 year contract to run a failing GP surgery in east London has pulled out after three years- doctors are warning that it is a taste of things to come. It was billed as a move that would transform the quality of healthcare for patients in one of Britain’s […]

Type 2 diabetes cut after weight loss surgery

The UK’s first large scale study on the impact of weight loss surgery has reported a large reduction in type 2 diabetes and other health problems. The National Bariatric Surgery Registry said type 2 diabetes fell by 50% and on average patients lost nearly 60% of their excess weight a year after surgery, based on […]

I’m sorry- Andrew Lansley tells nurses conference

Looking uncomfortable and sounding contrite, Andrew Lansley came to face his nursing critics yesterday – apologising four times and promising to listen to them in future. Just hours after members of the Royal College of Nursing had voted overwhelmingly in favour of a “no-confidence” motion in Mr Lansley’s management of NHS reforms, the Health Secretary […]

Cannabis could be used to treat epilepsy medical researchers discover

Researchers at the University of Reading have discovered that three compounds found in cannabis leaves can help to reduce and control seizures in epilepsy. They are now using extracts from the plants grown in huge industrial-sized greenhouses in the south of England to develop new drugs that could ease the misery of millions of epilepsy […]