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Archive for April, 2013

Missed hospital appointments cost east of England NHS £42 million

Patients who missed hospital appointments cost the NHS in the eastern region more than £42 million in the past year alone.There were nearly five million appointments in the east’s 24 NHS hospital and foundation trusts in 2012. But in about 418,000 cases- nearly ten per cent, the patients failed to turn up. Automated reminders are […]

Dementia care patchy- quango finds

The standard of care provided for people with dementia is “patchy”, the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) has said. Some people with the condition were not getting even basic levels of care, it added. The warning came as NICE unveiled new standards for dementia care in England, covering issues such as housing and access […]

NHS satisfaction ratings stabilising after record fall

Public satisfaction ratings with the NHS appears to have stabilised following a record fall- according to the British Social Attitudes Survey.The poll of more than 1,100 people in England, Wales and Scotland last year found satisfaction with the way the NHS was run stood at 61%. This followed a record fall from 70%, in 2010, […]

Food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water

 The huge rise in food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water according to new research.Food allergies have risen sharply over the past 20 years, with 1-2 per cent of adults and 4-6 per cent of children thought to be affected. The number of children admitted to hospital for food-related anaphylaxis (a life-threatening […]

NHS could charge fees to call out a doctor

Calling out a doctor to your home could cost £8.50 under radical proposals to shore up the finances of the NHS.The proposals are being outlined as a way of tackling the financial hole in the accounts of the Health Service. The moves sparked outrage with claims they amount to a patients’ tax and undermine the […]

Ambulance service boss warns bed shortages are harming patients

Steve Wheaton of West Midlands Ambulance Service has said nearly 2,000 ambulances had waited more than an hour in March.Patients in the West Midlands are suffering as hospital bed and staff shortages mean ambulances cannot unload patients, a senior ambulance boss says. He said the situation was the worst he had known in his 20 […]

NHS Doctors put lower value on lives of the disabled research finds

NHS doctors are more likely to allow patients to die if they suffer from a mental disability according to a damning Government-backed research finds.In some cases doctors may even be making orders not to resuscitate “because” patients have learning difficulties, the three year study concludes. In other cases, it found evidence of doctors making more […]

NHS whistleblower Gary Walker faced bullying culture

Former NHS trust executive Gary Walker claimed he was put under pressure to meet non emergency targets.The former boss of a hospital which is being investigated over high death rates has told MPs there was a culture of “sheer bullying” in the NHS. Gary Walker, former United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust chief, said he was sacked […]

Bikini waxes and Brazilians- causes rise in STI warts

Bikini waxes and shaves are the cause for the explosion in the number of cases of a type of sexually transmitted infection that causes unsightly warts, doctors are warning.Shaving the pubic region causes ‘micro-trauma’ of the skin, boosting the chance of a pox virus called Molluscum contagiosum, say the medical experts. The virus causes water […]

Man with no shame- Sir David Nicholson- calls to resign after misleading MPs

Calls for the resignation of Sir David Nicholson- the chief executive of the NHS, were growing after it emerged he misled MPs over how he dealt with a ‘whistleblower’.Sir David was forced to issue a correction over evidence he gave to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), after part of it was revealed to be untrue. […]