Fraud could be costing NHS in England £5.7 billion a year

The NHS in England could be losing up to £5.7 billion a year to fraud from its £100bn budget, a new report suggests. A review – led by former NHS anti-fraud boss Jim Gee – highlighted fraud by pharmacists, dentists, GPs and patients. Among the areas it found to be

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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

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NHS mistakes costing £2.5 billion a year

Mistakes in hospitals in costing the NHS up to £2.5bn a year according to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. As a result the NHS could afford to hire more nurses if the errors were cut out, Mr Hunt claimed during a speech in Birmingham. Cost is incurred through problems like

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Obesity and diabetes drugs cost needlessly harms NHS

NHS Scotland has spent nearly £230 million on drugs to treat diabetes and obesity within the last three years figures have shown. The diabetes drugs bill was £75.7 million in 2013-14, £73.2 million last year and £74.2 milion in 2011-12.  Another £6.1 million went on obesity prescriptions in the three

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Hygiene worries at cancer centres

Inspectors have expressed worries at the standard of hygiene and cleaning at Scotland’s largest cancer centres. On a visit to the Beatson and Gartnavel General Hospitals, they found dust and debris- and were told by staff there were not always enough cleaners. Healthcare Improvement Scotland also found many patients had

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Missed hospital appointments cost east of England NHS £42 million

Patients who missed hospital appointments cost the NHS in the eastern region more than £42 million in the past year alone.There were nearly five million appointments in the east’s 24 NHS hospital and foundation trusts in 2012. But in about 418,000 cases- nearly ten per cent, the patients failed to

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London NHS wastes £13 million on public relations

The NHS in London spent almost £13 million on public relations in the last three years – enough to recruit 600 nurses.Some £9.7 million went on press officers’ salaries at hospitals and primary care trusts (PCTs), while private PR companies were paid a further £3 million. Critics called for “medical

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Private health companies paid £130 million by the NHS

The NHS in Northern Ireland paid private healthcare companies around £130 million in the past three years. One Belfast based company has received over £44 millio of that total. Using private companies allows patients to be seen sooner and means that health trusts meet government targets. Some argue it benefits

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Health Secretary wants to cut nurses’ paperwork by third

Jeremy Hunt the Health Secretary, wants to cut the amount of paperwork doctors and nurses have to do by a third so they can spend hours more every week with patients.“Endless” box ticking and “burdensome regulation” mean nurses spend about a day a week on paperwork, Mr Hunt told a

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3,000 more patients have died needlessly in NHS hospitals

More than 3,000 people may have died unnecessarily at five NHS trusts in a crisis that could dwarf the horrors at Mid Staffordshire, which were detailed in a devastating report published yesterday.An investigation began on Wednesday night into excessive mortality rates at the five trusts – the same warning sign

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