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Archive for November, 2011

Unions’ strike means thousands of operations to be postponed today

Hospital managers are planning to postpone thousands of non emergency operations today, because of the public sector unions striking over pension changes.Patients across the UK have been sent letters warning them of the disruption. Diagnostic tests and outpatient appointments will also be delayed, but hospitals insist emergency and critical care will not be affected. Managers […]

Labour wasted cancer cash on NHS salaries and PFI schemes

Cancer care on the NHS lags behind that in many other developed countries because Labour wasted billions of pounds on PFI schemes, bureaucracy and inflated salaries for managers.A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found that, despite record spending on health care, cancer survival rates in Britain are worse than […]

Doctors and dentists to receive new tax warning letters

About 2,500 doctors and dentists have been targeted by the tax authorities as probable tax dodgers.HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will send them warning letters in the next few days, telling them to pay within 21 days or face possible prosecution. The threats are part of the Revenue’s efforts to recover unpaid tax owed by […]

New drug could help obese patients lose tenth of their weight in just one month

A new drug which destroys blood supply to fatty tissue could help people lose a tenth of their body weight in just one month, a study indicates.Obese rhesus monkeys lost on average 11 per cent of their body weight after four weeks of the experimental treatment. Body mass index (BMI) and waistline also were reduced, […]

NHS among best health care systems in the world

Britain has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, according to results of an international survey published this week. The Commonwealth Fund survey consistently ranks the NHS highly on a range of measures looking at how health systems deal with people with chronic and serious illness. It finds people in Britain have among […]

Bed blocking rise of 11pc in last year

Elderly patients are increasingly being kept in hospital beds because there is no one to support them at home, or there are no places available in residential homes, figures indicate.The number of hospital bed days lost to so-called ‘bed blockers’ across NHS hospitals in England has risen by 11 per cent in the past year, […]

Amy Winehouse was killed by alcohol- the UK’s favourite drug

Death by misadventure was the verdict at the inquest of Amy Winehouse, who died in July.On the afternoon of July 23, the day Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27, a friend rang me with the sad news, saying: “Shows just how deadly heroin is, doesn’t it?” I replied that heroin certainly can be […]

NHS 111 health direct number- 1 in 8 calls unanswered

One in eight calls to the NHS’s new non emergency health direct phone number are going unanswered, amid reports people are having to wait over half an hour.Ministers want 111 to be the only number people need to call in England, “if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life threatening […]

Weight loss diets work better with WeightWatchers than the NHS

NHS weight loss programmes are more expensive and less effective than WeightWatchers, a study has found.Diet programmes such as Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Rosemary Conley are cheaper and far more effective than those run by the NHS’s nanny state, according to new research. Dieters lost more weight and kept it off for longer by […]

Glasgow Royal Infirmary protest at PFI parking fee hike

Health workers at a Glasgow hospital are staging a protest later over a 113% increase in parking fees.The monthly cost of a permit for the multi-storey at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has risen from £42 to £89.50. Parking fees at most Scottish hospitals were abolished in 2009 but remained at three sites where car parks […]