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Archive for June, 2012

NHS children’s services failing 1,500 lives a year

Up to 1,500 youngsters- half the number of people killed on the roads, are dying every year because of faults with children’s health services, which are approaching crisis point, the new president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has said.Child death rates in Britain were higher than in Germany, France, Italy and […]

Quarter of hospitals, clinics, care homes fail to meet basic standards of patient safety, quality of care

A quarter of hospitals, clinics and care homes in England are failing to meet basic standards for patient safety and quality of care, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind.The Care Quality Commission’s state of the nation report based on 14,000 unannounced inspections of dentists and NHS, private, and social care run facilities […]

NHS is paying for Labour’s dodgy deals

The NHS faces huge costs because of flaws in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts agreed by the previous administration.Yesterday afternoon, the Queen opened the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. She will doubtless have been impressed: the facility, the first to be built in Northern Ireland for more than a decade, is a gleaming shrine […]

Your iCoach guide to becoming an ex-smoker

The iCoach gives you information and tips for the particular phase that you are in and it gives you access to various tests and a diary. The aim of the iCoach is to enable you to move to a next phase to come closer to a final smoke stop. The iCoach is a unique online […]

Coalition ministers take over bankrupt PFI hospitals

One of Britain’s biggest hospital trusts is “on the brink of bankruptcy” and will be taken over by ministers in the coming weeks after being saddled with large debts from PFI deals.South London Healthcare Trust, which runs three hospitals in the capital, is losing more than £1 million a week and will be run by […]

Lives at risk due to arbitrary postcode lottery health rationing warn surgeons

NHS rationing of common operations is putting patients’ lives at risk by subjecting them to “unproven and arbitrary” decicions about their healthcare, the heads of Britain’s top surgical organisations warn.Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the five say decisions over whether patients get operations like hernia repairs, hip and knee replacements, and weight loss procedures are […]

False dental claim fines hit thousands

More than 8,000 NHS dental patients have been fined in the past year for claiming free treatment when they were not eligible in the last year.The fines totalled more than one million Pounds. Some of those affected say the rules about who does and does not qualify were not made clear to them. But the […]

Doctors strike- only just 8 per cent take action claim govt

Just eight per cent of doctors working in the NHS were on strike- Government figures suggest.A quarter of GP surgeries are operating a reduced service due to BMA members participating in the day of action, the Department of Health said. It said some 11,500 doctors up and down the country took part in their first […]

NHS compensation to misdiagnosed patients rises to £98 million

NHS payouts to patients whose conditions were misdiagnosed by medical professionals increased by three quarters in the last year to nearly £100 million.Compensation paid to people whose illnesses were not spotted or were detected too late soared from £56 million in 2009-10 to more than £98 million in 2010-11. Nearly one in ten of the […]

Dentists’ warning on acidic soft drinks including smoothies and juices

Children’s teeth are rotting by health conscious parents misguidedly giving them too many acidic fruit smoothies and juice drinks- senior dentists have warned.The concerns were raised as official figures disclosed that dental problems have become the third most common reason for children to be admitted to hospital. The investigation reveals that the acid levels of […]