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Archive for May, 2011

NHS is failing to support vulnerable young people says children’s minister

The children and families minister Sarah Teather has attacked the health service for failing some of the country’s most vulnerable young people. Sarah Teather said the chance of a child receiving much needed speech and language therapy was a postcode lottery “between low and nil”, while the wait for a wheelchair could be “really long”. […]

Britain’s alcohol addiction crosses million hospital referrals

Health Direct warns that as the bank holiday weekend approaches that the number of alcohol related hospital admissions in England has topped one million for the first time. An NHS Information Centre report said admissions had increased by 12% between 2008-09 and 2009-10. That includes liver disease and mental disorders due to alcohol abuse as […]

GPs should offer £20 ovarian cancer blood test to women

Women over 50 who persistently feel bloated or have lower abdominal pain should be offered a £20 blood test to check for ovarian cancer, a panel of experts has recommended. Campaigners say hundreds of lives could be saved a year if GPs were quicker to spot symptoms of the disease – dubbed a “silent killer” […]

Scrapping NHS IT project could cost more MPs warned

Scrapping the controversial and delayed NHS electronic records project could cost more than seeing it through to completion, a parliamentary committee has heard. The project to install electronic patient records systems at health trusts in the north and east of England and the Midlands is years behind schedule. The programme has been described as not […]

Dentists overcharging NHS patients hundreds of pounds

Some dentists are overcharging NHS patients by hundreds of pounds a time, an undercover investigation has found. They are quoting patients up to £725 for work which should cost just £198, under the current three tiered payment system for NHS work. They are also commonly neglecting to offer patients a scale and polish alongside a […]

OECD- UK’s huge elderly care bill threatens family ties

Britain faces one of the largest bills for elderly care of any leading industrialised nation, with rising costs threatening to undermine the bonds between parents and their children, a major international study has found. Research to be presented this week suggests that a combination of low birth rates and rising life expectancy will force the […]

Mixed sex wards lead to hospital fines

Hospitals in England have been fined for keeping patients in mixed sex accommodation under a new push to eradicate the problem.There were 2,660 breaches in April – half the number from the previous month, the Department of Health said. Hospitals are fined £250 for each day a patient is kept in mixed sex wards. It […]

NHS £12 billion IT system is waste of money NAO still finds

NHS patients are getting “precious little” from the NHS electronic care records system in England, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. The £7bn system to replace paper files is falling further behind schedule and in places where it has been introduced it is not working as it should. The National Audit Office also said […]

Drinking coffee cuts prostate cancer by 20 per cent

Drinking six or more cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of prostate cancer by 20 per cent new US research has found.Coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of dying from prostate cancer in a study of nearly 50,000 US men. Those who drank six or more cups a day were […]

Killer quango NICE unveils new money saving tool

Killer quango NICE- The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure has launched a new online money saving tool – NICE Pathways – that pulls together connected National Health Service guidance into one easy-to-use resource. For the first time, doctors and commissioners will be able to view and navigate all of NICE’s separate sets of recommendations that […]