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Implant register launched to safeguard patients

A register of patients in England with breast and other cosmetic implants has been set up to allow them to be traced in the event of any safety concerns. The move comes after faulty Poly Implant ProthËse (PIP) silicone breast implants were recalled in 2010, affecting thousands of women. The inclusion of individual patients’ details […]

DVLA making unfair health driving licence decisions

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not making fair decisions about medical fitness-to-drive cases, a report has suggested. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report found “major failings” in eight drivers’ cases. It said people’s lives had been put on hold for years because of flawed decision-making and poor communication. The DVLA said […]

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 […]

NHS trust failed to investigate hundreds of deaths

The NHS has failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011 according to a new report. It blames a “failure of leadership” at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and that the deaths of mental health and learning disability patients were not properly examined. Southern Health said it “fully accepted” the quality […]

UK pays less for cancer drugs than some countries

The UK is paying less for new cancer drugs than a number of other high income countries, according to a report in The Lancet Oncology. While the UK, Greece, Spain and Portugal pay the least, on average, for the drugs they use, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland pay the most. The authors said more transparency was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Assisted Dying Bill- MPs reject right to die law

MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a […]

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 […]

Female lung cancer cases top 20,000

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began. The figure for 2012 represents a rise from 14,000 in 1993, according to the data compiled by Cancer Research UK. It means the rate of lung cancer in the female population has risen by […]