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Luxury car makers build bigger cars for fat drivers

Luxury car makers are building bigger cars as a result of drivers and passengers becoming more overweight.Typical family cars have become more than a foot wider and almost double the weight over the past 50 years as manufacturers struggle with the world’s obesity crisis. Consequently some luxury manufacturers have begun road testing the next generation […]

For GPs appointment- call NHS Health Direct if you want to see your doctor

Patients will have to contact a call centre to arrange GP appointments under plans for NHS Health Direct to handle bookings for local doctors’ surgeries.Anyone wanting an appointment will first have to contact NHS Direct by dialling 111, which will be used as the new non-emergency medical number. Call centre staff would then make their […]

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 […]

NHS Direct- Andrew Lansley backtracks over closure

A political row has erupted after Andrew Lansley the health secretary was accused of making “a significant U-turn” over plans to scrap NHS Direct, in the face of widespread public anger. Andrew Lansley said that NHS Direct would remain but that its telephone number would be replaced so that from 2013 people could call 111 […]

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 […]

Dental NHS copayments total £4.5bn since 1997

NHS dental patients have paid £4.5bn in charges since 1997, while 2 million people have “lost” their dentist, the Conservatives have claimed.The total paid in charges per year increased 22 per cent between 1997 and 2007, according to figures released to shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley. New analysis by the Conservatives reveals that: NHS dental […]