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ESA benefit payments- retests axed for chronically ill claimants

Claimants of long term sickness benefits will no longer face repeated medical assessments to keep their payments. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better. More than two million people receive ESA, which is worth […]

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 […]

Overseas patients to be charged for emergency healthcare

Foreign patients could be charged for emergency treatment under new government plans for the NHS in England. Visitors from outside the European Economic Area already pay for planned hospital care. The EEA covers the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to save the NHS millions of pounds by extending the […]

UK end of life care- best in world

End of life care in the UK has been ranked as the best in the world with a study praising the quality and availability of services. The study of 80 countries said thanks to the NHS and hospice movement the care provided was “second to none”. Rich nations tended to perform the best – with […]

Target of four week cancer diagnosis plan

More details of plans to improve cancer care in England have been revealed. They include a target that 95% of people should be given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by a GP, by 2020. Implementing it will cost £300 million a year until then. The target – recommended by […]

Ministers accused of failing to keep mental health pledge

A row over spending on mental health in England has broken out after Labour accused the government of failing to honour promises to boost funding. Freedom of information requests made by Labour to NHS commissioning bodies in England suggest on average mental health budgets fell in 2015-16. However, the Department of Health said it rejected […]

National Living Wage will damage care homes

The National Living Wage could result in a “catastrophic collapse” in the number of care homes, according to the five biggest providers. In a letter to the chancellor, they say staffing accounts for 60% of the cost of care. The companies said they supported the National Living Wage, but efforts would be needed to rescue […]

Drug firms accused of overcharging by CMA

Pfizer and Flynn Pharma have been accused by the Competition and Markets Authority of charging “excessive and unfair” prices for an anti epilepsy drug. Phenytoin sodium capsules, used by 50,000 people in Britain, are made by Pfizer and sold by Flynn. When Pfizer made the drug under its Epanutin brand name, the NHS spent about […]

NHS medical legal costs- excessive should be capped

The UK government plans to limit excessive fees some lawyers claim in medical negligence cases against the NHS. Officials want a defined limit on legal costs in cases where the claims are below £100,000, saying that some lawyers submit bills that charge more than patients receive in compensation. But solicitors warn the move could deny […]

Elderly being trapped in hospital warns Age UK

Elderly people are being “trapped” in English hospitals in ever greater numbers as there is nowhere else for them to go. Age UK said it was bad for patients’ health, a waste of NHS resources and a huge cost to taxpayers. Its analysis shows patients spent a total of nearly 2.5 million days stuck in […]