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Archive for February, 2012

Obese and smokers denied NHS treatment to save money

The NHS has been accused of trying to save money by blocking access to surgery for smokers and obese patients as new figures show how they are routinely being denied treatments.Data shows that more than a quarter of Primary Care Trusts in England have brought in new restrictions based on patients’ lifestyle criteria in the […]

More than half care home residents denied basic care

More than half of elderly and disabled people in care homes are being denied basic health services while staff are failing to to do enough to preserve their dignity, according to an official review.Some older people routinely have to wait up to three months for formal checks for painful conditions such as bed sores, according […]

Ivabradine lifesaving £1.40 heart pill gets European approval

A new pill costing only £1.40 a day that could save the lives of thousands of heart failure patients every year has been approved by European regulators.New data on Ivabradine suggested it could cut death rates by up to 39 per cent, while experts said it could prevent between 5,000 and 10,000 deaths a year. […]

IT firm behind unworkable NHS database keeps IT deal

Ministers have agreed to give the American company responsible for the “unworkable” NHS database NPfIT almost £1 billion in health contracts, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The National Audit Office criticised the NPfIT NHS database project for being poor value for money, patchy and long overdue. Computer Sciences Corporation, (CSC) an American IT firm, previously […]

BMA calls for ‘active stand’ against health bill

Family doctors must take an “active stand” against the Government’s health reforms by preventing private firms from controlling NHS budgets, the British Medical Association has warned.The call-to-arms is contained in a strongly-worded letter from the BMA to 22,000 general practitioners, which argues the Health and Social Care Bill will be “irreversibly damaging to the NHS”. […]

Killing babies article reveals the truth of abortion say pro-lifers

Pro-life campaigners have welcomed publication of an article arguing killing newborns should be “permissible”, saying it showed there was no moral difference between abortion and infanticide.The article, which argued newborns and foetuses were only “potential persons” and not “actual persons”, has provoked a storm of protest. The authors, whose piece was published in the Journal […]

PFI indebted hospitals to be given £1.5 billion lifeline

Seven English NHS hospital trusts with debts caused by Labour’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) debts are to have access to a £1.5 billion government bailout fund.The subsidy will be available over the course of 25 year long contracts. Trusts will have to show they have improved efficiency and provide good care in order to access […]

Record number of legal highs detected by doctors

A record number of new legal highs were identified last year by British scientists.The scientists – who’ve advised the government before – said that more than 41 new substances were detected across Europe in 2011, breaking the previous year’s tally. They are mainly from China and being bought by UK users over the internet. The […]

Patients more likely to die if admitted to hospital at weekends

Research finds that patients are more likely to die if they are admitted to hospital at the weekend.The study Weekend hospitalization and additional risk of death: An analysis of inpatient data was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, found that patients were 16% more likely to die if they were admitted […]

Northumbria trust takes over two Cumbria hospitals

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is to take over the running of two hospitals in north Cumbria.North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust has suffered a number of financial problems and some medical staff said they had no faith in their management. The trust had accepted it was not strong enough to survive on its own and […]