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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 […]

NHS Direct under growing strain as doctors told to give Tamiflu to low risk patients

HS Direct is struggling to cope as the number of people using the helpline dramatically increases due to freezing weather and the swine flu outbreak.Amid claims some patients had waited for two days to speak to a nurse, officials urged patients to use a new online health information service. Senior nurses suggested the helpline was […]

Private healthcare market to face OFT investigation

An investigation into how well the private healthcare market is working is being planned by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). It will examine the nature of competition in the market, as well as whether it is fully competitive. The OFT said its preliminary research had raised questions about whether the market was working well […]

Doctors shocked by spread of swine flu– and its severity

The Swine flu H1N1 virus that swept the world last year causing a global health emergency has returned to claim the lives of 10 adults in the UK in the past six weeks.The 10 deaths were in younger adults under 65 and associated with H1N1 swine flu. Most had underlying conditions but “a small proportion” […]

Just one in 750 patients invited to take part sign up to Government’s online records programme

A service set up to enable millions of patients to email their GPs and access their Summary Care Records online has proved to be unwanted by the vast majority of potential users, according to a major new study.Academics from London found that instead of the 5-10% of the population that Connecting for Health predicted would […]

Major NHS websites suffer lack of awareness

A new study to better understand what prevents people from using information technology to help them manage their health and care has found that few people have even heard of the three major NHS health information websites. The study commissioned by Connecting for Health, looked at how social groups who may be excluded from electronic […]

NHS Direct helpline- Government confirms plan to scrap website

The government has confirmed it is planning to scrap the NHS Direct telephone service in England and replace it with an alternative service. Nick Chapman, chief executive of NHS Direct: “The new helpline will be better and more cost effective than NHS Direct” A new 1-1-1 helpline is already being piloted in north-east England. It […]

NHS £86m websites spend confusing

The NHS spends up to £86m a year on thousands of websites that are difficult to find, confusing for patients and which do not meet their needs, according to research commissioned for a Department of Health report. Research for the NHS Digital Communications Review, conducted by communications agency Precedent and leaked to the Health Service […]

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 […]

NHS London chairman quits over government policy change

The chairman of NHS London has resigned after stating his vision of healthcare delivery had “little in common” with that of the new government.In a letter to the health secretary Andrew Lansley, Sir Richard Sykes said he thought his work had made real improvements for Londoners. Other NHS London board members may also leave, Sir […]