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NHS hospitals wasting £500m a year on basic supplies

NHS Hospitals are wasting up to £500 million a year by paying too much for basic supplies, according to Britain’s spending watchdog. The National Audit Office found that some health bodies are paying twice as much as others around the country for dressings, clothing and medical equipment. In some areas, individual hospitals are purchasing 177 […]

Only scientist in Commons alarmed at MPs’ ignorance

The only scientist in the House of Commons has called for all MPs to be required to take a crash course in basic scientific techniques. Julian Huppert, a research biochemist who became the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge at the last election, said he was alarmed at the lack of scientific knowledge among colleagues. In […]

Homeopathy- government ignored expert advice on remedies

The coalition Government ignored scientific advice on the questionable value of homeopathy by continuing to allow the NHS to fund homeopathic treatment despite there being next to no evidence that it works. Last week, health ministers refused calls from the House of Commons science and technology committee to stop the NHS funding homeopathic treatment on […]

Homeopathy wastes NHS money claim MPs

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said using public money on the highly-diluted homeopathy remedies could not be justified. The cross-party group said there was no evidence beyond a placebo effect, when a patient gets better because of their belief that the treatment works. But manufacturers and supporters of homeopathy disputed the report, […]

PFI- Private firms should share benefits of big hospital contracts with NHS

The NHS should be allowed to share the benefits of “efficiencies” made by private companies who have won lucrative contracts to build and manage hospitals under the private finance initiative, according to report from the National Audit Office. The report into the performance of PFI in the health service praises the private sector for making […]