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Archive for September, 2011

Early success in prostate cancer drug trial gives patients promising future

A London hospital’s trial of a prostate cancer drug has been stopped early because it was so successful doctors felt it would be “unethical” to deny the treatment to other patients.Medics halted tests of the life-extending drug because it would have been “unethical” not to offer the treatment to all 922 cancer sufferers taking part […]

Dismantling NHS IT computer scheme could cost more money

Dismantling Labour’s disastrous £12 billion NHS IT programme may cost taxpayers more than keeping it going.Ministers announced on Thursday that they will speed up the scrapping of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT)  after a review concluded “there can be no confidence that the programme has delivered or can be delivered as originally conceived”. It […]

Nanny state wants to ban the Great British Fryup Breakfast

Nanny state government targets are putting the great British Breakfast under threat.For many, a plate of bacon, sausage and eggs makes the perfect start to a buzy day. But Government nanny state targets are about to put the great British breakfast under threat. Butchers and other food retailers say health diktats to reduce salt levels […]

Health lottery launched to raise £50 million

A new health lottery is launched today with the aim of generating up to £50 million a year for health causes.The Health Lottery – run by Northern & Shell, which owns Channel 5 and Express newspapers – offers a £100,000 top prize for matching five numbers from 50. The launch was hosted by television presenter […]

NHS hospitals crippled by labour’s PFI scheme

Patient care is under threat at more than 60 NHS hospitals which are “on the brink of financial collapse” because of costly private finance initiative schemes the Health Secretary warns.Andrew Lansley says he has been contacted by 22 health service trusts which claim their “clinical and financial stability” is being undermined by the costs of […]

Gastric band weight loss ops on the rise for under 25s

The number of under 25s being given weight loss surgery on the NHS in England has quadrupled over the last three years.That includes people being fitted with a gastric band, having their stomach stapled, or having a gastric bypass. Between 2006 and 2007, 55 people under the age of 25 had one of these operations, […]

An apple or pear a day keeps strokes at bay

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables with white flesh may help to protect against strokes, says a study in the journal Stroke.But Dutch researchers say they do not know why people with a high intake of apples, pears, bananas or cauliflower reduce their risk of stroke by 52%. The study followed more than 20,000 adults […]

NHS staff’s poor English is potential danger to patients

The General Medical Council (GMC) says some overseas doctors come to the NHS with ‘little or no preparation’ for working in the UK.Along with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, it wants the right to test the English language skills of applicants from within the EU in the same way they test applicants from outside of […]

Midwife shortages in England risking lives

Parts of England are facing big midwife shortages putting mothers and babies at risk midwives have warned.The Royal College of Midwives says a 22% rise in births over 20 years has led to shortfalls across England, but some areas are worse than others – it highlights the East Midlands and East. The RCM wants 4,700 […]

NHS Hospitals failing to report serious safety incidents

NHS Hospitals are breaking the law by failing to report incidents that result in severe harm to patients a charity has warned.Peter Walsh, chief executive of the charity Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), said many were failing to own up to such incidents despite a law that had been in force since April 2010, requiring […]