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Health bodies call for drugs to be decriminalised

Two leading public health organisations have called for the possession and personal use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised in the UK. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health said the government’s approach to drugs policy had failed.  There should be a greater focus on treatment and education, they […]

NHS health staff crisis is worse than cash woes

The growing crisis in healthcare professionals’ morale is a greater risk to the NHS than the financial problems it is grappling with. Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, warned staff shortages, disputes with government and bullying were creating a “toxic mix”. He said if the problems persisted, the affinity staff felt […]

Agreement in sight for Junior doctors’ contract deal

A potential deal in the long running dispute over a new junior doctors’ contract has been agreed. Government negotiators and the British Medical Association leadership have reached an agreement after eight days of talks at conciliation service Acas. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the deal was a “significant step forward”, while the BMA said it […]

NHS understaffed by 50,000 due to bad health planning

Bad planning and cost cutting have left the NHS in England short of 50,000 vital front line staff MPs are warning. The Public Accounts Committee said the shortfall in doctors, nurses and midwives could even get worse if ministers did not get a “better grip”. The group also warned there had been “no coherent attempt” […]

Jeremy Hunt- lies bullshit and poisoned statistics pt 2

Following one from Health Direct’s Jeremy Hunt- lies bullshit and poisoned statistics post yesterday. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the claim he made about doctors’ contracts So, is it true? Do 6,000 people — or 11,000 — die needlessly in NHS hospitals because of poor weekend care? Nobody knows for sure; Jeremy Hunt certainly does […]

Jeremy Hunt- lies bullshit and poisoned statistics

On the first day of the all out junior doctors strike Health Direct reposts a Financial Times review of Jeremy Hunt’s use of poisoned statistics. We have more data — and the tools to analyse and share them — than ever before. So why is the truth so hard to pin down? Thirty years ago, […]

Sugar Tax- how will it work?

A new sugar tax on the soft drinks will be introduced in the UK the chancellor announced yesterday. The move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the fight against child obesity. So how will the sugar tax work? The levy is squarely aimed at high sugar drinks- particularly fizzy drinks, which […]

Hospital charges to rise for non EU patients

Visitors from outside the EU who receive treatment in NHS hospitals in England are now charged 150% of the cost. The charges however only apply to non EU citizens settling in the UK for longer than six months. The new rules from the Department of Health came into force on 6 April. However primary care […]

Cameron promises seven day health services

All hospitals in England will provide “a truly seven day NHS” health service under a future Conservative government. Mr David Cameron said that more hospitals must provide top-level treatment at the weekend, starting with emergency care. In a wide ranging speech, he said his party’s message to various sections of the population was: “We’re with […]

NHS A&E has worst week in 2014

Pressures in England’s NHS A&E units have hit record levels- with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began. New data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to December 14. Major units particularly struggled, with just six out of 140 meeting […]