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Half of prostate cancer cases may be missed

Half of prostate cancer cases may wrongly be given the all clear due to flaws in diagnosis procedures, a new study has found.Experts say that thousands of patients are being put at unnecessary risk because most NHS hospitals are using outdated and inaccurate techniques. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting 40,000 […]

Third of health authorities still imposing postcode lottery treatment bans

A third of local health authorities are still imposing postcode lottery treatment on certain ailments including hernia operations, IVF, varicose vein removal and even hip and knee replacements, according to a survey of GPs.Last November Andrew Lansley- the then Health Secretary, banned primary care trusts (PCTs) and health commissioning groups from imposing across-the-board restrictions, describing […]

Andrew Lansley was a disaster who deserved to be sacked

The former secretary of state took a wrecking ball to NHS structures, alienated every interest group and patronised those who disagreed with him.There should be no sentiment about Andrew Lansley’s departure as health secretary, no matter how hard he worked, how gutted he is to lose the Tory health brief after nine years or how […]

Sue NHS if managers deny approved drugs says NICE

Patients should sue their local health authorities if they deny them drugs deemed cost effective for use on the NHS, the head of the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) has said in a excellent example of the pot calling the kettle black.Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the killer quango watchdog, said “numerous trusts” were […]

Patients can demand a private hospital if they wait 18 weeks for surgery

People will be able to demand they are treated privately if they have to wait more than 18 weeks for NHS care, the Health Secretary has announced.Andrew Lansley has made the offer of private treatment which could benefit tens of thousands of people who currently have to wait more than 18 weeks for non-urgent operations. […]

Hospital PFI project went ahead despite warnings

A hospital now losing £44 million a year was allowed to go ahead with a private finance deal to build new premises despite the Government being warned that the project was unsustainable.A report, commissioned by the hospital regulator, Monitor, reveals that strong concerns were raised that Peterborough Hospital would not have the money for the […]

NHS is paying for Labour’s dodgy deals

The NHS faces huge costs because of flaws in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts agreed by the previous administration.Yesterday afternoon, the Queen opened the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. She will doubtless have been impressed: the facility, the first to be built in Northern Ireland for more than a decade, is a gleaming shrine […]

Coalition ministers take over bankrupt PFI hospitals

One of Britain’s biggest hospital trusts is “on the brink of bankruptcy” and will be taken over by ministers in the coming weeks after being saddled with large debts from PFI deals.South London Healthcare Trust, which runs three hospitals in the capital, is losing more than £1 million a week and will be run by […]

Doctors try to justify strike in open letter

Doctors have published an open letter in the national newspapers to try to quell a growing backlash against their industrial action.The full page statement, paid for by their union, the British Medical Association, explains why they are striking and taking a day of action. The BMA announced yesterday that doctors would postpone non – urgent […]

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. […]