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NHS health data sharing project scrapped

The Department of Health in England is scrapping its controversial data sharing project – known as Care.data. The programme, which was due to launch in 2014, faced widespread criticism – including fears the public had been left in the dark about it. The announcement comes as Dame Fiona Caldicott and the Care Quality Commission published […]

Many NHS hospital patients complain of lack of dignity

A fifth of people in hospital in England are not always treated with respect and dignity according to new research. Analysis of the 2012 poll has found that poor care was more likely to be experienced by those aged over 80. It also found that more than a third of patients who need help at […]

Elderly being trapped in hospital warns Age UK

Elderly people are being “trapped” in English hospitals in ever greater numbers as there is nowhere else for them to go. Age UK said it was bad for patients’ health, a waste of NHS resources and a huge cost to taxpayers. Its analysis shows patients spent a total of nearly 2.5 million days stuck in […]

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 […]

Hospital charges to rise for non EU patients

Visitors from outside the EU who receive treatment in NHS hospitals in England are now charged 150% of the cost. The charges however only apply to non EU citizens settling in the UK for longer than six months. The new rules from the Department of Health came into force on 6 April. However primary care […]

New government should boost nurse numbers

Immediate action must be taken by the next government to increase the number of NHS nurses, a report has warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said there were fewer nurses now than in 2010 if midwives, health visitors and school nurses were not included. It said government cuts to nurse training places in 2010 […]

Pharmacists could help ease GP pressures

An army of pharmacists could step in to help treat patients at GP practices across England leading health professionals plan. The proposals focus on pharmacists seeing patients with common ailments directly – not on setting up shops within surgeries. Pharmacists would provide health advice and be able to prescribe medication once extra training had been […]

War on drugs is unwinnable

Four decades after President Nixon declared a “war on drugs”, US states have legalised the sale of marijuana and most Americans support legalisation. Across the world, drug laws are being relaxed, from Uruguay to Portugal, Jamaica and the Czech Republic. After many years prosecuting drugs offences as an Assistant US Attorney, growing frustration with the […]

UK air pollution causing deadly public health crisis

The Environmental Audit Committee argues air pollution is a “public health crisis” causing nearly as many deaths as smoking. The committee suggested a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to cut emissions as there are an estimated 29,000 deaths annually in the UK from air pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is known to cause inflammation of the airways, […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder- SAD winter blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) describes a type of depression with a seasonal pattern, usually occurring during winter. A lack of light is thought to affect the part of the brain that rules sleep, appetite, sex drive, mood and activity levels. Patients experience lethargy and a craving for sugary snacks. In 1984 psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal first […]