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Cameron rejects drugs review

David Cameron has rejected a royal commission review to consider decriminalising illegal drugs.In response to the report by the home affairs select committee, David Cameron said the current policy was working in Britain. The committee highlighted Portugal’s approach, where people found with drugs are not always prosecuted.  It also asked ministers to monitor cannabis legalisation […]

Government plans to share NHS patient details with private sector raises data privacy concerns

Critics warn that parts of the Government’s plan to share patient records with private companies give real concern over personal data privacy issues.Mr Burnham said it is “absolutely essential” that patient data is safeguarded, after The Sunday Telegraph revealed David Cameron will use a keynote speech to outline far closer “collaboration” between the health service […]

NHS reform Bill survives fatal Lords vote

Controversial reforms to the NHS have avoided a potentially “fatal” delay in the House of Lords, to the relief of ministers.Amid deep concern in the medical profession and among many members of the public, some peers had tried to have the Health and Social Care Bill thrown out or subjected to detailed scrutiny that would […]

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. […]

Cameron’s five pledges for NHS future

David Cameron will commit to “five guarantees” on the future of the National Health Service in a speech designed to reassure critics of his controversial health reforms.The Prime Minister will promise to keep waiting lists low, maintain spending, not to privatise the NHS, to keep care integrated and to remain committed to the “national” part […]

Southern Cross residents need government rescue plan

David Cameron has been urged to step in with a “rescue plan” for more than 30,000 elderly care home residents as Britain’s biggest private care provider faces financial ruin. Elderly campaigners, charities and union leaders warned that the threat of collapse at Southern Cross Healthcare Group would be a “catastrophe” that could threaten the lives […]

NHS will collapse without urgent reform warns Saga

The NHS and social care services will “collapse” unless the Coalition’s health reforms are enacted because of growing demand from elderly people, Saga and Age UK have warned. Ros Altmann, director-general of Saga, said stalling reform was “not an option” due to growing numbers of the very old and frail. Michelle Mitchell, charity director of […]

NHS funding pressures hitting frontline- Accident & Emergency chief warns

Hospital casualty departments are struggling to cope with growing demand for emergency care because they have too few staff and not enough beds, Britain’s top accident and emergency doctor has warned. As new figures pointed to a steep rise in A&E waiting times and 890 ambulance jobs were lost, John Heyworth, president of the College […]

David Cameron to take charge of NHS reforms

David Cameron will this week take personal charge of the Government’s health reforms, amid fierce criticism of the plans. The Prime Minister will unveil a “listening exercise” to reassure the public, doctors and Coalition MPs that the NHS is not being privatised by the back door. There will be a three month pause in the […]

David Cameron defends plans to overhaul NHS in England

David Cameron has defended the coalition’s plans for an overhaul of the NHS in England, as MPs hold their first debate on the bill. The prime minister said the “biggest risk” to patients was failing to modernise in the face of challenges such as the ageing of the population. Under the plans, GPs will get […]