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Health tourism clampdown to end NHS world health service

Foreigners could be forced to pay for GP appointments under proposals ministers are considering to make sure the NHS does not end up “serving the health needs of the world”.At the moment GPs must treat almost anybody who comes into their surgery. This year new guidance was issued stipulating that “nationality is not relevant” when […]

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 […]

Hospitals should operate seven days a week

The most senior doctor in the NHS is demanding that hospitals have a full complement of doctors at weekends to make the health service more convenient to access as “people get sick seven days a week”.Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, criticised the culture in hospitals of only treating emergency cases at the […]

Doctors warned over the risks of Facebook

Doctors are being warned to take extra care when using social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The British Medical Association guidance highlighted a series of potential pitfalls doctors face. In particular, it said there was a risk the lines between personal and professional lives could be blurred. It comes after a series of […]

David Cameron backs changes to NHS plans

David Cameron has agreed to make changes to the plans for the NHS in England and insisted the government had not made “a humiliating U-turn”. Ministers have accepted all the recommendations suggested by a panel of experts, including more controls on competition and a slower pace of change. Doctors’ groups have broadly welcomed the revisions. […]

Health bodies attack government alcohol plans

Leading health organisations have slammed the Government’s “responsibility deal” on alcohol and refused to sign up as partners. The six organisations, including Alcohol Concern, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians, accused the Department of Health of allowing the drinks industry to dictate health policy. Under the deal, the drinks industry would […]

Doctors slam UK prescription charge postcode lottery

The British Medical Association (BMA) has renewed its call for England to abolish prescription charges, after it was announced that they will rise from £7.20 to £7.40 on April 1 and Scotland abolishes them altogether. The government in England  “should be following the lead set by the three other nations in the UK and making […]

We cannot afford not to reform NHS says David Cameron

The Government cannot afford to delay essential reform of Britain’s public services, David Cameron warned yesterday. As ministers prepared to publish legislation to radically overhaul the NHS, the Prime Minister said that failure to modernise was draining resources away from the public sector. The Government’s plans for the NHS were denounced by six health service […]

Summary Care Record IT program given go ahead

The Summary Care Record IT program  is to go ahead, but its content will be limited to core information with an opt out form will be included in patient information packs. The Department of Health has published the results of two simultaneous reviews of the SCR, covering the content of the record and the information […]

Bonus payments to doctors on six figure salaries set to be slashed

Bonus payments given to thousands of doctors on top of their six figure salaries are to be slashed as part of a Government clampdown.Most hospital consultants currently receive an annual merit award, which gives them up to £76,000 on top of an average salary of £110,000. Once a medic is on the scheme, they almost […]