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Archive for November, 2012

1 in 3 diabetic inpatients suffer NHS error report finds

Almost one in three diabetic inpatients in Wales has experienced at least one NHS medication error-  a new report by Diabetes UK Cymru finds.The charity is concerned because the number of people with diabetes in Wales rose more than a quarter in five years. The Diabetes UK Cymru report reveals diabetes is growing rapidly with […]

Minimum pricing plans for alcohol will do nothing to curb binge drinking

The Home Office has announced plans to introduce a minimum price of 45p per alcohol unit and ban supermarkets from “irresponsible” alcohol offers- and recieved criticism as a result.Miles Beale, the chief executive of the Wines and Spirits Trade Association, said a multi-buy ban “feels like a particular attack on the middle classes”. “You can’t […]

Consultants warn care hit by expensive deals on supplies

Many NHS hospitals in England are paying over the odds for expensive supplies- a snapshot investigation suggests.The assessment by consultants Ernst & Young highlights big variations in the prices paid for a range of medical products. The findings come despite long standing concerns from MPs and the National Audit Office over wasteful procurement. The Department […]

UK patients will access their NHS records online in three years

NHS patients will be able to access to their NHS records online in the next three years under plans to be announced by the Government.Doctors’ surgeries will have to set up services to allow anyone to see their health files, book appointments and order repeat prescriptions on the internet. People will also be given detailed […]

Cardiac arrest survival rates dire and not improving

Cardiac arrest survival rates across Britain are “dire” and show no sign of improving, campaigners warned.Official figures show that fewer than one in five people who suffer a cardiac arrest receive adequate care from bystanders. The NHS statistics also found that in some areas, just one in 14 people, who collapse with a cardiac arrest, […]

Health tourism clampdown to end NHS world health service

Foreigners could be forced to pay for GP appointments under proposals ministers are considering to make sure the NHS does not end up “serving the health needs of the world”.At the moment GPs must treat almost anybody who comes into their surgery. This year new guidance was issued stipulating that “nationality is not relevant” when […]

DNA code of MRSA superbug cracked by scientists

The DNA code of the superbug MRSA has been cracked by scientists so that their future spread can be halted more quickly.A new device can identify specific bacterial strains from their genetic codes so experts can target the transmission path of the infection and cut it off. In an early test of the technology, researchers […]

NHS wastes logo checking ‘head of brand’ on almost £100,000

The NHS has employed a ‘Head of Brand’ on a salary of almost £100,000 a year to ensure its logo is being used appropriately.Sir David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, on Tuesday denied it was “frivolous” waste of money but admitted the job title was “rather unfortunate”. The Leeds based position at the NHS […]

The NHS is “sleepwalking” into a nursing crisis with thousands of frontline posts lost and training positions axed

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that despite the Coalition’s promise to protect frontline staff from cuts the NHS workforce has fallen by almost 21,000 since the Coalition Government came to power.This includes a loss of more than 6,000 qualified nursing posts – from a total of 312,000 nursing posts in the NHS. The […]

Cancer overtakes heart disease as number one UK killer

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the UKs number one killer, new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.Almost a third of people now die of one kind of cancer or another, according to mortality statistics for 2011. The figures show that cancer was recorded as the underlying cause of death in […]