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Archive for February, 2016

NHS struggles to recruit thousands of healthcare professionals

More than two thirds of NHS trusts and health boards are struggling to recruit qualified healthcare professionals. Data from a BBC Freedom of Information request shows that on 1 December 2015, the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had more than 23,443 nursing vacancies – equivalent to 9% of the workforce. In comparison, the […]

Over 1000 NHS ‘never events’ a disgrace says Patients Association

Over 1,000 NHS patients have suffered from medical mistakes so serious they should never have happened. The so called never events included the case of a man who had a whole testicle removed rather than just a cyst. In another, a woman’s fallopian tubes were taken out instead of her appendix. Other “never events” included […]

Junior doctors threaten exodus after Hunt’s ultimatum

Junior doctors are threatening an exodus from the NHS after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt imposed a new contract. After two strikes by junior doctors, the sticking point in negotiations remained the rates of pay for working Saturdays. Under the new contract, 7am to 5pm on Saturdays will be regarded as a normal working day. But […]

Good News on World Cancer Day

The cancer death rate for men fell by 12% and for women 8% between 2003 and 2013. In 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer. In 2003, it was 312. Improvements in diagnosis and treatment are thought to be the reason. The death rate for men fell 12% and for women by […]