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End Of Life care letting people down

Thousands of dying patients are being let down by poor End Of Life care provision according to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) The health ombudsman’s report detailed “tragic” cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has investigated 265 complaints about end-of-life care in the past […]

Alcohol detox centre saves NHS millions

The NHS could save £27 million a year by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients. Alcohol abuse costs the NHS £3.8 billion a year, £145 for each UK household. One in three of all A&E admissions are alcohol related- but on a weekend that can rise to 70%. Dr Chris Daly, the lead […]

Leonardo da Vinci still teaching us about the heart

After Leonardo da Vinci dissected the heart of a man he produced the first known description of coronary artery disease. More than 500 years later, coronary artery disease is one of the most common causes of death in the western world. “He had a great mind, and he was willing to really look and see,” […]

Overweight seen as the norm warns chief medical officer

Being overweight is increasingly seen as the norm, England’s chief medical officer warns. In her annual report on the state of health, Dame Sally Davies said this was concerning, pointing out many people did not recognise they had a problem. Parents of overweight children were also failing to spot the signs too, she said. Dame […]

Being born to young mothers is risk factor for early childhood death

Children born to mothers under 30 are more likely to die than those born to older mums according to a new report on child deaths in the UK.Whilst overall child mortality fell by 50% in the past 20 years having a young maternal age was found to be a risk factor for death in early […]

Man with no shame- Sir David Nicholson- calls to resign after misleading MPs

Calls for the resignation of Sir David Nicholson- the chief executive of the NHS, were growing after it emerged he misled MPs over how he dealt with a ‘whistleblower’.Sir David was forced to issue a correction over evidence he gave to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), after part of it was revealed to be untrue. […]

NHS 111 phone number raises safety concerns

Doctors are questioning the safety of a new non emergency NHS 111 phone number sparks concern.The 111 service, replacing NHS Direct, is being piloted in some areas ahead of a nationwide launch but has proved problematic, with some callers left on hold for hours. Dr Laurence Buckman, the British Medical Association’s GP committee chair, says […]

Leeds hospital suspends child heart surgery

Children’s congenital heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary has been suspended as a review is carried out.There are concerns about the number of deaths at the hospital, which is at the centre of a long dispute over the future of children’s heart services. The medical director of the NHS, Bruce Keogh, said it was “a […]

New NHS structure changes come into force

New Government reforms of the NHS in England have come into force and health leaders warn of a tough year ahead.April 1st- April Fools Day- marks the first day of the new structures. GP-led groups have taken control of local budgets and a new board, NHS England, has started overseeing the day-to-day running of services. […]

London NHS wastes £13 million on public relations

The NHS in London spent almost £13 million on public relations in the last three years – enough to recruit 600 nurses.Some £9.7 million went on press officers’ salaries at hospitals and primary care trusts (PCTs), while private PR companies were paid a further £3 million. Critics called for “medical doctors not spin doctors”, pointing […]