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Up to 1,000 new doctors could face unemployment

Up to 1,000 new doctors will face unemployment next year as there are too few training places available, it has been warned.UK graduates leave medical school qualified as a doctor but they must complete a foundation year, which is effectively an apprenticeship where they work under close supervision, before they are allowed to join the […]

Man jailed for worst ever breach of medicines supply chain

A British man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in what law enforcers describe as the “most serious known breach” of the regulated UK medicines supply chain. Following a four month trial in Croydon Crown Court, 64-year old Peter Gillespie was found guilty for working with an international network of […]

NHS satisfaction at record high

Public satisfaction with the NHS has reached record levels, according to a leading health economist. Writing on the BMJ website, Professor John Appleby said 64% of people were either very or quite satisfied with the NHS. Critics have questioned why the government is reorganising the NHS when the public is happy with it. The Department […]

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 […]

NHS will be tested to limit by savings finds MPs

The NHS will be ‘tested to the limit’ as unprecedented savings ordered by ministers take effect on the front line, a powerful group of MPs have warned. The Coalition pledge to increase spending on health in real terms will not be met, the Commons Health Select Committee has warned. It means the scale of the […]

NHS waiting times increasing after targets scrapped

Tens of thousands of GPs’ patients are now waiting more than 18 weeks from referral to treatment following the Government’s decision to scrap performance management of the flagship target. The number of patients missing out on treatment within 18 weeks of referral jumped by 15% between July and September this year, after PCTs were released […]

GP appointments could be booked via central call centre

Patients could be forced to make doctors’ appointments through remote call centres under an efficiency drive to save the NHS £600 million. A report commissioned by the Department of Health says GPs’ administrative support teams should be radically altered to cut costs. The plan would involve centralising appointment bookings through a national call centre, clearing […]

MPs attack Labour inaction on health inequality

Labour chair of public accounts committee laments ‘bad story of missed opportunities’ in tackling health inequality. Labour’s stewardship of the NHS produced an alarming health gap that saw people living in the poorest neighbourhoods in England die almost two years before those in the rest of the country, in what the head of the public […]

NHS faces bed blocking crisis after health spending review

NHS patients will be denied hospital beds because they will be bed blocked by the elderly and vulnerable who are unable to get council care after government cuts, a health service chief has warned.The Coalition has promised to increase the NHS budget over the next four years, even as it cuts more than £40 billion […]

Children drink related hospital admissions up by third

The number of under-18s admitted to hospital because of drinking has increased by a third, according to a new report.The figure went up by 32 per cent between 2002 and 2007, with 36 children a day being admitted for alcohol related conditions, the study by the charity Alcohol Concern found. Over the last five years, […]