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Archive for October, 2012

Sexual healthcare at risk from NHS changes

In April 2013 many health services are being put out to private tender – and will be overseen by amongst others the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).But CCGs will not commission sexual health or public health services such as obesity and smoking prevention. This function will fall to local councils, and elected officials. The directors […]

Weight loss surgery sold as a quick fix for obesity

Weight loss surgery is being sold as a quick fix option to obesity surgeons warn.Firms are using questionable selling techniques including limited period offers, potentially misleading before-and-after photos and celebrity ‘success stories’ to attract clients. Too often patients are not being properly informed of the risks of gastric band and gastric bypass surgery – which […]

Social care cuts could lead to higher NHS bills

Dying people could end up in hospital sooner – and so cost taxpayers more – if cuts to social care services continue.Better social care appears to reduce the need for hospital until the very latest stage among the dying, found the Nuffield Trust. The Nuffield Trust, a think tank, has found that good social care […]

Viruses and bugs widespread in NHS medical technology

NHS medical technology has been found to be infected by computer viruses and malware according to  health and security experts.They fear that the virus infections could become so severe that a patient may end up getting harmed. Many out dated computer systems which were not able to be changed were to blame for the vulnerabilities, […]

Grumpy old men and women lead to early demise

Research warns that levels of happiness among over 50s had a significant bearing the onset of disability, slower walking speed and incidence of coronary heart disease.The study, which follows the lives of more than 10,000 English people throughout older age, shows that psychological well being could be used to predict which people will go on […]

NHS bill for PIP breast implant scandal almost £2 million- and growing

The NHS is facing a bill of almost £2 million for the PIP breast implant scandal as thousands of women are being turned away by their private clinics.Around 47,000 British women are believed to have been given faulty implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). They were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended […]

NHS doctors must treat foreign health tourists to promote eu human rights

Foreign health tourists must be given free treatment by NHS doctors to avoid discriminating against them- new eu guidelines for doctors have ruled.The principles, issued to English doctors, stipulate they must register any foreignborn patient in a bid to “promote eu human rights and public health”. New patients registering to British GP surgeries could include […]

Fake drug websites raided

A global raid on websites selling fake and unlicensed medicines has netted £6.5 million worth of drugs.UK drug officials took part in a series of co-ordinated raids with Interpol and agencies from more than 100 different countries over the past nine days. A total of 79 people have been arrested over the distribution of the […]

Doctors to undergo annual checks but concerns kept from patients

Doctors will undergo annual assessments from next year to ensure they are up to the job- but patients will not find out if concerns were raised.The system, called revalidation, will involve an annual ‘beefed-up’ appraisal with a senior colleague going over complaints, compliments, clinical data, complications and mistakes as well as any management and research […]

Men need to become match fit if they want to be fathers

Men have been warned they need to become ‘match fit’ if they want to be fathers, as a fertility study claims too much attention has been focused on mothers’ weight.While the health risks surrounding obesity and pregnancy have largely been centred on overweight mothers, the focus is now on men to lose weight. Less efficient […]