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Archive for June, 2013

Surgeon’s data published- landmark improvement for NHS

Vascular surgeons have become the first of a new group of nine specialities to publish their operating data. This move to publish this data is being viewed as a significant milestone as to date, individual performance data has only been published for heart surgeons. But for years there has been debate about whether other areas […]

Cancers increase by 40% due to bad lifestyles

Cancers caused by smoking, drinking and excessive sunbathing have soared in the past decade- official statistics have revealed.The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal large increases in the incidence of so called “lifestyle” related cancers. The biggest rise has been in the rate of malignant skin cancer, which has increased by […]

Bullying creates toxic NHS culture

A culture of bullying and secrecy has created a “toxic working environment” in the NHS- doctors warn. The British Medical Association annual conference heard how a proper system of regulation needed to be introduced for managers so they could be held to account. This idea has already been put forward by the Francis Inquiry into […]

NHS needs to simplify emergency urgent care

The NHS needs to provide a much simpler and co-ordinated system of 24/7 urgent and emergency care- a review of its services says.It also warns that many patients are confused about who to turn to when they need urgent medical help, so too often they go to A&E units. The review – led by NHS […]

Direct Health NHS 111 debacle- inquiry needed

An independent inquiry is needed into the direct health NHS non-emergency 111 phone line “debacle” in England GPs say. Doctors at the British Medical Association’s GPs conference in London said lessons had to be learned after the “disastrous” roll-out of the service in recent months. The phone line – which has replaced NHS Direct – […]

Friday is worst day of the week for surviving surgery

Health Direct wishes you good luck if you are going under the knife today- you have a 44% gerater chance of dying than if you had your operation on a Monday. People who have surgery towards the end of the week are more likely to die than those who have procedures earlier on, researchers say. […]

CQC to reveal NHS cover up names

England’s NHS regulator will name some officials accused of covering up a failure to investigate deaths of babies at a Cumbria hospital.Pressure is mounting on the Care Quality Commission to name managers who apparently blocked publication of a critical report. The Information Commissioner said the Data Protection Act does not overide public interest in releasing […]

NHS cover up is unacceptable wanrs Health Secretary

A cover up by England’s NHS regulatory body after a series of baby deaths at a Cumbria hospital is unacceptable warns the Health Secretary.Jeremy Hunt was speaking after a review of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) response to complaints about several deaths at Furness General Hospital. The review has shown a senior manager may have […]

Half of UK population will get cancer

The number of people in the UK who will get cancer during their lifetime will increase to nearly half the population by 2020 a report has forecast.Macmillan Cancer Support said the projected figure of 47%, up from the current 44%, would put huge pressure on the NHS. People living longer is thought to be a […]

Health Secretary to name and shame surgeons’ data

Surgeons who refuse to publish their performance data including mortality rates should be publicly named, the health secretary says.Jeremy Hunt promised to take tough action after it emerged doctors could block the release of the information under the Data Protection Act. League tables for 10 specialities are due to be published in England from next […]