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Archive for May, 2012

Doctors try to justify strike in open letter

Doctors have published an open letter in the national newspapers to try to quell a growing backlash against their industrial action.The full page statement, paid for by their union, the British Medical Association, explains why they are striking and taking a day of action. The BMA announced yesterday that doctors would postpone non – urgent […]

Obese and smokers denied health treatments to save NHS 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 […]

Vitamin D supplements recommended by NHS health experts

The chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, is to contact medical staff about concerns young children and some adults are not getting enough vitamin D.Government guidelines recommend some groups, including the under-fives, should take a daily supplement. However, recent research found that many parents and health professionals were unaware of the advice. There […]

Cost of sleeping pills to NHS almost £50 million

The cost of a good night’s sleep to the NHS has almost hit £50 million, with more resorting to pills due to job worries brought on by the recession.Figures released by the NHS Business Services Authority show England’s 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) spent £49.2 million on sleeping pills in 2010-11, up 17 percent in […]

Sex after heart attacks not the preserve of TV programmes

Racy TV plot lines where middle aged men die in their lovers’ arms are putting heart attack survivors off sex, say doctors.Cardiologists say heart attacks are so rarely bought on by sex that survivors need not worry about abstaining. Television series like Downton Abbey and Mad Men, and films like Body of Evidence, feature dramatic […]

Obesity a derogatory word claims nanny quango NICE

The word ‘obesity’ could be considered ‘derogatory’ and public health professionals should use it with care, according to the nanny quango NICE.A quarter of adults in Britain are now obese, a figure that is due to more than double by 2050. Those from poorer backgrounds are much more likely to be obese than the more […]

New Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society has announced that actress Carey Mulligan as its newest ambassador. Carey attended a special event in north London being held to mark the beginning of the charity’s Dementia Awareness Week™ (20 – 26 May). Carey joined people with dementia and their carers at the ‘Rest-Bite’ service in Kentish Town. The Bafta-winning star […]

Persistent cough could be lung cancer warning

The public should be vigilant about persistent coughs as they could be a sign of lung cancer, a new government advertising drive is warning.The campaign, which is being run in TV, radio, print and online media, recommends that people with coughs lasting more than three weeks should visit their GP. Research has shown the public […]

New IVF postcode lottery meaningless ruling by NICE quango

Gay couples and women over 40 will be entitled to the same free IVF treatment as heterosexual couples on the NHS for the first time under new guidelines published today.Same sex couples will be given the same rights as heterosexual couples under guidance issued by the killer quango National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE). The […]

Health Direct website for NHS patients booking doctor appointments online

NHS patients will be able to book GP appointments online and get test results online within three years from a new health direct website.The moves are part of a new Information Strategy designed to “take the hassle out of the health service”. Online communications between patients and their doctors is already happening in some places. […]