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Archive for October, 2014

Dementia is biggest killer of women in UK

Dementia is the biggest cause of death for women in England and Wales official figures show. The disease now kills more than three times as many women as breast cancer and thousands more than either heart attacks or stroke. Analysts say the rising numbers may be because doctors are becoming more aware of the disease […]

First UK hospital to go paperless

Addenbrooke’s Hospital is the first paperless healthcare system in the UK to go live. A £200 million electronic patient record system that will eventually make two hospitals paperless has gone live. The system at Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals in Cambridge means nurses can access patient records on handheld devices instead of waiting for notes. Chief […]

Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready by end of 2015

Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015 the World Health Organization has announced. The WHO said “several hundred thousand” would be produced in the first half of the year and vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December […]

NHS needs extra cash and overhaul claim health bosses

A five year plan for the NHS unveiled by six national bodies claims to have found an annual £30 billion budget shortfall. Their report said changes, such as GP practices offering hospital services, would help to plug a large chunk of the gap, but health chiefs said the NHS would still need above inflation rises […]

NICE conflicts of interest call doctors claim

Doctors are calling on MPs to investigate potential conflicts of interest at the health spending watchdog NICE. In a letter to the Health Select Committee, they have expressed concern about financial ties to drug companies among experts working for NICE- the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure. The concerns follow controversy over the recent NICE guideline […]

Ebola screening extended to more UK airports

Passenger screening for Ebola is to be extended from Heathrow and Gatwick to Manchester and Birmingham airports. Staff at the two airports will begin checking passengers from at-risk countries after it is introduced at Heathrow, Gatwick and Eurostar last week. Screening of arrivals from West Africa, where 4,500 have died in the outbreak, started at […]

NHS mistakes costing £2.5 billion a year

Mistakes in hospitals in costing the NHS up to £2.5bn a year according to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. As a result the NHS could afford to hire more nurses if the errors were cut out, Mr Hunt claimed during a speech in Birmingham. Cost is incurred through problems like medication errors, avoidable infections after […]

People dying at home lack expert support

The NHS is failing to provide expert 24 hour support for the majority of patients dying at home in England. Around 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do not provide round the clock telephone help lines, the charity Sue Ryder said- even though there are half a million carers for terminal patients in England. […]

Type 1 diabetes- possible cure

The possibility of a cure for type 1 diabetes has recently taken a “tremendous step forward”, scientists have announced. The disease is caused by the immune system destroying the cells that control blood sugar levels. A team at Harvard University used stem cells to produce hundreds of millions of the cells in the laboratory. Tests […]

Increase in paramedics quitting NHS jobs

Increasing numbers of paramedics are leaving NHS ambulance services, according to new research. Senior staff say remaining paramedic crews are under greater pressure than ever before to meet demand. At least 1,015 paramedics left their job in 2013-14, compared with 593 in the same period two years earlier. London Ambulance Service saw 223 paramedics leave […]