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NHS to show cost of missed appointments to patients

Patients who miss appointments will be shown how much they have cost the NHS. The NHS estimates more than 12 million appointments are missed each year Overall, missed GP and hospital appointments cost the health service in England nearly £1bn a year, Jeremy Hunt said in a speech this week. He said he sympathised with […]

NHS medical legal costs- excessive should be capped

The UK government plans to limit excessive fees some lawyers claim in medical negligence cases against the NHS. Officials want a defined limit on legal costs in cases where the claims are below £100,000, saying that some lawyers submit bills that charge more than patients receive in compensation. But solicitors warn the move could deny […]

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 […]

Poor hospital weekend care kills 4,000 a year

Poor care in hospitals at weekends is killing more than 4,000 lives a year, NHS officials have warned- so Health Direct wishes you Good Luck if you are going under the knife today.The disclosure comes in an official review of Britain’s emergency and urgent healthcare which says the current system is unsustainable, unaffordable and soaking […]

IVF success rates may be boosted by time lapse embryo imaging

Time lapse imaging- which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.The article Retrospective analysis of outcomes after IVF using an aneuploidy risk model derived from time-lapse imaging without PGS was reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, can be used to select embryos at low risk […]

Care home companies face harder financial checks

Large providers of care homes in England are to have their financial records regularly checked in future to spot potential business problems.Under the government’s plans, the Care Quality Commission and local authorities will also ensure care continues if a company does go bust. It comes after provider Southern Cross collapsed, causing distress and anxiety to […]

Missed hospital appointments cost east of England NHS £42 million

Patients who missed hospital appointments cost the NHS in the eastern region more than £42 million in the past year alone.There were nearly five million appointments in the east’s 24 NHS hospital and foundation trusts in 2012. But in about 418,000 cases- nearly ten per cent, the patients failed to turn up. Automated reminders are […]

NHS could charge fees to call out a doctor

Calling out a doctor to your home could cost £8.50 under radical proposals to shore up the finances of the NHS.The proposals are being outlined as a way of tackling the financial hole in the accounts of the Health Service. The moves sparked outrage with claims they amount to a patients’ tax and undermine the […]

Social care cost caps brought forward

The government will bring forward its overhaul of social care funding by a year the chancellor has announced. A cap on the amount the elderly pay for social care in England – which was to be £75,000 but will now be £72,000 – would start in the same year. Mr Osborne promised in his budget […]

Elderly suffer from poor home care

A quarter of home care services provided to the elderly in England are failing to meet quality and safety standards, inspectors say.More than 700,000 people above the age of 65 rely on home help for activities such as washing, dressing and eating. But the Care Quality Commission found evidence of rushed appointments and botched assessments […]