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Archive for February, 2013

Systematic failures by GPs lead to rise in children admitted to hospital as emergencies

A ‘systematic failure’ by GPs and hospitals has led to a 50 per cent rise in the number of under fives being admitted to wards as emergencies in the last decade.Young children are increasingly being admitted to hospital beds for short periods with conditions that could be treated at home, an Oxford University study has […]

Elderly suffer from poor home care

A quarter of home care services provided to the elderly in England are failing to meet quality and safety standards, inspectors say.More than 700,000 people above the age of 65 rely on home help for activities such as washing, dressing and eating. But the Care Quality Commission found evidence of rushed appointments and botched assessments […]

New food labelling system to start in summer

A new consistent system of front of pack food labelling will be introduced in the summer the UK government has announced.The new food labelling system is a combination of guideline daily amounts, colour coding and “high, medium or low” wording will be used to show how much fat, salt and sugar and how many calories […]

NHS spent £15 million gagging whistleblowers

Pressure has increased on Sir David Nicholson to resign after it emerged £15 million has been spent on gagging hundreds of whistleblowers.The public money spent on stopping NHS staff from speaking out is almost equivalent to the salaries of around 750 nurses. The figures were revealed after a two year battle by Conservative MP Steve […]

Scottish waiting list scandal shows Nicola Sturgeon failure as Health Minister

The Scottish waiting list scandal shows Nicola Sturgeon failure as Health Minister.Nicola Sturgeon must be judged a failure as Health Minister after the discovery of the shambles surrounding NHS waiting lists, Labour’s Scottish leader has said. Johann Lamont told MSPs that Ms Sturgeon failed to “get out” of politics before her legacy in the health […]

Low vitamin D levels need preventative action

There is growing awareness about the importance of the “sunshine vitamin” – vitamin D – for you health.Low vitamin D levels need preventative action, but Professor Mitch Blair, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says more action is needed – potentially including fortifying more foods and even cutting the cost of the […]

Childhood cancer survival improvements under threat from clinical trial red tape

Improvements in childhood cancer survival rates will stall because red tape is hindering clinical trials and the development of new drugs, British experts have warned.New regulations in medical research mean that is now more costly and difficult than ever before to conduct trials into new medicines and children’s cancer survival rates may be hit as […]

Tax fizzy drinks and ban junk food ads say doctors

Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the watershed, doctors have said, in a call for action over obesity.The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents nearly every doctor in the UK, said ballooning waistlines already constituted a “huge crisis”. Its report said current measures were failing and called […]

Hunt criticises health trust for bullying whistleblower

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has criticised a hospital trust’s actions after a gagging order was broken to raise concerns about patient safety.Gary Walker, a former chief executive at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, broke the order when he was interviewed by the BBC. Lawyers for the trust then warned him he would have to repay […]

A paperless NHS would save billions

Further to the Health Direct post of yesterday: Health Secretary wants to cut nurses’ paperwork by third the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to be paperless by 2018 – a move which a report says could help save the National Health Service billions of pounds a year.In a speech, Mr Hunt said that […]