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Archive for November, 2014

Osborne gives NHS £2 billion for extra winter funds

George Osborne has announced that he will add an extra £2 billion into the NHS in his Autmn Statement this week. The chancellor said it was not a “one off” but what he called a “down payment on a long term NHS plan”. There would be no “unfunded giveaways”, he said, adding he could make […]

NHS U turn over cancer drug trial funding

Hospital chiefs and cancer research leaders had been warned that funding for patients taking part in drug trials might be cut- but these were now “incorrect” according to NHS England. Excess treatment costs (ETCs) cover the care of patients involved in drug trials which are not already covered by the pharmaceutical or academic research body […]

Delayed NHS hospital discharges reaches record high

Delays in discharging patients ready to leave NHS hospitals rose to record levels last month official figures show. Patients spent a total of 143,000 days in hospital when they should have been sent home. In a further sign of growing pressure on the system, the number of emergency admissions also reached record levels and indicate […]

Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity cost £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% […]

Doctors GPs surgeries ranked by risk

Doctors’ GPs surgeries are now being ranked by the health watchdog the CQC. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked almost every GP surgery in England in terms of risk of providing poor care and whilst the majority are of low concern, 11% have been rated in the highest risk band by the CQC. Many […]