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NHS will miss targets on foreign patient cost payments

The government is expected to fall well short of its target of recovering £500m a year from overseas visitors treated in NHS hospitals in England. The Department of Health has “refined” to £346m its target for 2017-18, says the National Audit Office. Some £289m was paid in 2015-16; £73m in 2012-13. A new “surcharge” for […]

The NHS- how big should the National Health Service be?

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 with 144,000  health professionals. In less than seven decades that figure has risen tenfold to over 1.4 million staff across the UK. But with all the political parties promising more health workers in the coming years -just how many doctors, nurses, porters, therapists and managers does the […]

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 […]

Cancer patients not referred to specialists by GPs

Thousands of people who go on to be diagnosed with cancer were not referred to a specialists by their GP. NHS England data from around 4,000 GP practices suggests symptoms were picked up in other ways, for example by accident and emergency departments. The NHS said not all cancer patients went to their GPs and […]

Food poverty is now a health emergency

Food poverty in the UK has now become such a big problem that it should be seen as a public health emergency according to a group of health experts. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, six leading public health figures warned poor nutrition could lead to a host of problems. It comes amid […]

Health Direct website for NHS patients booking doctor appointments online

NHS patients will be able to book GP appointments online and get test results online within three years from a new health direct website.The moves are part of a new Information Strategy designed to “take the hassle out of the health service”. Online communications between patients and their doctors is already happening in some places. […]

NHS 111 health direct number- 1 in 8 calls unanswered

One in eight calls to the NHS’s new non emergency health direct phone number are going unanswered, amid reports people are having to wait over half an hour.Ministers want 111 to be the only number people need to call in England, “if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life threatening […]

Exercise should be standard part of cancer care

All patients getting cancer treatment should be told to do two and a half hours of physical exercise every week, says a report by Macmillan Cancer Support. Being advised to rest and take it easy after treatment is an outdated view the charity says. Research shows that exercise can reduce the risk of dying from […]

HIV- Thirty years after the first diagnosis Britain heads for 100,000 cases

The number of people living with HIV in Britain will top 100,000 for the first time next year.The toll of those infected announced by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), is revealed as the world marks 30 years since the first cases of the disease were diagnosed. The growing number of British HIV patients is due […]

For GPs appointment- call NHS Health Direct if you want to see your doctor

Patients will have to contact a call centre to arrange GP appointments under plans for NHS Health Direct to handle bookings for local doctors’ surgeries.Anyone wanting an appointment will first have to contact NHS Direct by dialling 111, which will be used as the new non-emergency medical number. Call centre staff would then make their […]