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Archive for August, 2012

Data breaches rocket over the last few years

Data breaches in the UK have increased ten fold in the past five years- figures from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reveal.In local government the increase was a shocking 1,609% and within the NHS 935%. More than 100 health records – almost half of them in NHS Grampian – went missing in Scotland in 2011. […]

Newborns facing unnecessary delays in treating infections

Some hospitals are causing unnecessary delays in treating newborn babies suffering from infections, the healthcare quango has said.The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (Nice) has published new guidance after finding variations in the treatment of babies with early onset neonatal infection. It found delays at some hospitals in recognising and treating sick babies. Early-onset neonatal […]

NHS waiting times rise for first time in a year

The number of NHS patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to be seen at hospital has increased for the first time in a year amid concerns that cuts are hitting front-line services.In June there were 155,439 people who had been waiting longer than 18 weeks to be seen in hospital after being referred by their […]

Home care cap would still leave elderly with huge bills

Middle class families will still have to pay up to 90 per cent of the cost of having a relation in a nursing home under plans to overhaul care backed by David Cameron, a leading Tory MP claims.John Redwood broke ranks with his party leader to attack proposals by the economist Andrew Dilnot to cap […]

Hospitals fail to check for potentially fatal conditions

Millions of people are missing out on health checks for potentially fatal conditions, an investigation has revealed, because cash-strapped hospitals deem them to be a low priority.As many as nine million patients may be missing out on checks designed to spot potentially fatal conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, unless current provision and uptake […]

Major cosmetic surgery review launched

Britain’s cosmetic surgery industry faces tough new regulations over fears that patients are being misled over the safety of procedures.The Government has launched a review into cosmetic surgery following the PIP breast implant scandal Minimum training requirements for surgeons and psychological screening to protect vulnerable patients are expected to be introduced after an inquiry into […]

Labour planned profit making NHS exports two years ago

Labour began selling NHS services overseas two years ago despite today condemning the Coalition’s plans to set up profit making hospitals abroad, official documents show.The labour party is facing accusations of hypocrisy after saying the Government”s decision to export NHS expertise is an example of David Cameron’s “rampant commercialisation”. Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow health secretary, […]

Scottish drink and drug deaths at record levels

Dring and drug related deaths in Scotland have reached record levels.There were 584 recorded deaths in 2011 – up 99 on the previous year and a 76% increase on 2001. Heroin substitute methadone was linked to 47% of deaths, with heroin and morphine accounting for a third. Justice Minister Roseanna Cunningham said the government was […]

Calorie burning by office workers and hunter gatherers are the same

Office workers burn as many calories as their hunter gatherer forebears meaning the obesity epidemic cannot be blamed on our lack of exercise research suggests.Researchers have found that western men and women used strikingly similar amounts of energy each day compared with peers from a traditional community from the open savannah of Tanzania. Despite trekking […]

Thousands wait more than four hours to be seen in A&E

The number of patients left to wait up to 12 hours for an emergency hospital bed rose by almost a third in the first six months of the year, according to official figures.Almost 67,000 patients admitted to A&E departments could not be seen for between four and 12 hours amid concerns thousands had to wait […]