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Health bodies call for drugs to be decriminalised

Two leading public health organisations have called for the possession and personal use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised in the UK. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health said the government’s approach to drugs policy had failed.  There should be a greater focus on treatment and education, they […]

NHS health staff crisis is worse than cash woes

The growing crisis in healthcare professionals’ morale is a greater risk to the NHS than the financial problems it is grappling with. Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, warned staff shortages, disputes with government and bullying were creating a “toxic mix”. He said if the problems persisted, the affinity staff felt […]

Agreement in sight for Junior doctors’ contract deal

A potential deal in the long running dispute over a new junior doctors’ contract has been agreed. Government negotiators and the British Medical Association leadership have reached an agreement after eight days of talks at conciliation service Acas. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the deal was a “significant step forward”, while the BMA said it […]

Jeremy Hunt- lies bullshit and poisoned statistics pt 2

Following one from Health Direct’s Jeremy Hunt- lies bullshit and poisoned statistics post yesterday. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the claim he made about doctors’ contracts So, is it true? Do 6,000 people — or 11,000 — die needlessly in NHS hospitals because of poor weekend care? Nobody knows for sure; Jeremy Hunt certainly does […]

Jeremy Hunt- lies bullshit and poisoned statistics

On the first day of the all out junior doctors strike Health Direct reposts a Financial Times review of Jeremy Hunt’s use of poisoned statistics. We have more data — and the tools to analyse and share them — than ever before. So why is the truth so hard to pin down? Thirty years ago, […]

Junior doctors threaten exodus after Hunt’s ultimatum

Junior doctors are threatening an exodus from the NHS after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt imposed a new contract. After two strikes by junior doctors, the sticking point in negotiations remained the rates of pay for working Saturdays. Under the new contract, 7am to 5pm on Saturdays will be regarded as a normal working day. But […]

Cameron promises seven day health services

All hospitals in England will provide “a truly seven day NHS” health service under a future Conservative government. Mr David Cameron said that more hospitals must provide top-level treatment at the weekend, starting with emergency care. In a wide ranging speech, he said his party’s message to various sections of the population was: “We’re with […]

Osborne gives NHS £2 billion for extra winter funds

George Osborne has announced that he will add an extra £2 billion into the NHS in his Autmn Statement this week. The chancellor said it was not a “one off” but what he called a “down payment on a long term NHS plan”. There would be no “unfunded giveaways”, he said, adding he could make […]

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 year period. The figures were […]

Direct Health NHS 111 debacle- inquiry needed

An independent inquiry is needed into the direct health NHS non-emergency 111 phone line “debacle” in England GPs say. Doctors at the British Medical Association’s GPs conference in London said lessons had to be learned after the “disastrous” roll-out of the service in recent months. The phone line – which has replaced NHS Direct – […]