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NHS health data sharing project scrapped

The Department of Health in England is scrapping its controversial data sharing project – known as The programme, which was due to launch in 2014, faced widespread criticism – including fears the public had been left in the dark about it. The announcement comes as Dame Fiona Caldicott and the Care Quality Commission published […]

111 health direct helpline has been very disappointing admits ministers

The new NHS health direct non-emergency advice line had a “very disappointing start” and is still not operating properly in several parts of the country Ministers have admitted.Health officials have launched an investigation into the advice line after a number of potentially serious incidents, including three deaths, have been linked to the service. Patients have […]

NHS 111- warnings over seriously flawed health cover

Patients have already lost confidence in the 111 non-emergency number because it is providing a “seriously flawed” service in some parts of the country, one of Britain’s most senior doctors has warned.Dr Clare Gerada, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, attacked the Government for putting patients at risk by introducing a completely new […]

NHS 111 phone number raises safety concerns

Doctors are questioning the safety of a new non emergency NHS 111 phone number sparks concern.The 111 service, replacing NHS Direct, is being piloted in some areas ahead of a nationwide launch but has proved problematic, with some callers left on hold for hours. Dr Laurence Buckman, the British Medical Association’s GP committee chair, says […]

A paperless NHS would save billions

Further to the Health Direct post of yesterday: Health Secretary wants to cut nurses’ paperwork by third the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to be paperless by 2018 – a move which a report says could help save the National Health Service billions of pounds a year.In a speech, Mr Hunt said that […]

Consultants warn care hit by expensive deals on supplies

Many NHS hospitals in England are paying over the odds for expensive supplies- a snapshot investigation suggests.The assessment by consultants Ernst & Young highlights big variations in the prices paid for a range of medical products. The findings come despite long standing concerns from MPs and the National Audit Office over wasteful procurement. The Department […]

UK patients will access their NHS records online in three years

NHS patients will be able to access to their NHS records online in the next three years under plans to be announced by the Government.Doctors’ surgeries will have to set up services to allow anyone to see their health files, book appointments and order repeat prescriptions on the internet. People will also be given detailed […]

Viruses and bugs widespread in NHS medical technology

NHS medical technology has been found to be infected by computer viruses and malware according to  health and security experts.They fear that the virus infections could become so severe that a patient may end up getting harmed. Many out dated computer systems which were not able to be changed were to blame for the vulnerabilities, […]

Personal health data security threat by eu

Doctors leaders warn that EU data protection rules could put existing patient personal health confidentiality safeguards at risk.EC (European Commission) draft proposals on the processing and free movement of personal information suggest identifiable health data could be used for research without patient consent, the BMA says. BMA director of professional activities Vivienne Nathanson’s written evidence […]

Medical and social security records being stored unlawfully and inappropriately accessed

Medical and social security records kept by public bodies are being unlawfully or inappropriately accessed dozens of times a month and hundreds of civil servants disciplined for data offences, according to Government records.Staff at the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) are being reprimanded at a rate of nearly five per day for breach of […]