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Archive for March, 2013

New criminal offence to stop NHS hospitals fiddling figures to be introduced

A new criminal offence to stop NHS hospitals fiddling official figures is to be introduced by ministers in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal.Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is to announce that senior NHS managers and hospital trusts will be held criminally liable if they manipulate figures on waiting times or death rates. Trusts […]

NHS complaints system review launched

An MP who claimed her husband died “like a battery hen” in a hospital bed is to lead a review of the NHS complaints system.Ann Clwyd was appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to examine how issues raised by patients and their families are listened to and acted upon. She told MPs of the […]

Social care cost caps brought forward

The government will bring forward its overhaul of social care funding by a year the chancellor has announced. A cap on the amount the elderly pay for social care in England – which was to be £75,000 but will now be £72,000 – would start in the same year. Mr Osborne promised in his budget […]

London NHS wastes £13 million on public relations

The NHS in London spent almost £13 million on public relations in the last three years – enough to recruit 600 nurses.Some £9.7 million went on press officers’ salaries at hospitals and primary care trusts (PCTs), while private PR companies were paid a further £3 million. Critics called for “medical doctors not spin doctors”, pointing […]

Man with no shame Sir David Nicholson is partly to blame for Mid Staffs- Jeremy Hunt

The man with no shame- Sir David Nicholson does “bear some responsibility” over the scandal at Mid Staffs hospital according to  Jeremy Hunt.Speaking in the Commons during a debate on NHS accountability, Mr Hunt, the Health Secretary, became the most senior Government figure to admit that Sir David, the NHS chief executive, was partly at […]

Gagging clauses for NHS staff to be banned

Gagging orders which prevent NHS whistleblowers raising concerns about patient safety are to be banned- Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary has said.Employees leaving their health service posts will be given a new legal right to voice their concerns about public interest issues including patient safety and death rates. The so-called “compromise agreements” which prevent staff […]

Big variations in NHS surgery due to postcode lottery rationing

The number of patients undergoing common NHS surgical procedures varies widely across England because of postcode lottery funding restrictions.Local NHS rationing of hernia repair, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and varicose vein surgeries has led to a “postcode lottery”, say researchers. Writing in the Lancet, they warned such policies could be “storing up problems for […]

Leeds heart surgery campaigners win legal challenge

Campaigners trying to keep child heart surgery in Leeds have won a key legal challenge to keep the facility open.The High Court has ruled the consultation over changes to children’s heart surgery in England and Wales was flawed. Legal action was brought by campaigners trying to save operations at Leeds General Infirmary but the ruling […]

Olympian lifespan is possible for everyone

The longevity lifespan that Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, doctors say.A research report- Survival of the fittest: retrospective cohort study of the longevity of Olympic medallists in the modern era is published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests athletes live 2.8 years longer on average than the average lifespan. The research […]

UK ranks badly in European health league table

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill health, research suggests.Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet. Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the UK needs to increase its […]