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Millions of surgery patients at risk in drug research fraud scandal

Millions of NHS patients have been treated with controversial drugs on the basis of “fraudulent research” by one of the world’s leading anaesthetists.Guidelines for British anaesthetists regarding colloids are being revised after it emerged that four of the key studies on which they were based are to be formally retracted Joachim Boldt is at the […]

NHS to suffer 60 years of PFI pain

Labour’s Private Finance Initiative- NHS hospitals will cost taxpayers 60 years of pain. Under Private Finance Initiative schemes, British taxpayers are committed to pay £229 billion for new hospitals, schools and other projects with a capital value of just £56 billion. Official figures show that, under Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes, British taxpayers are committed […]

Pregnant women win £200,000 payout over pill implant contraceptive failures

Nearly £200,000 in compensation has been paid to women who have become pregnant or been hurt after they were fitted with a popular contraceptive implant. The NHS has received more than 1,000 complaints about Implanon, a device that had been hailed as the future of family planning. The procedure involves injecting a plastic implant under […]

Complaints to NHS top 100,000 for the first time

Complaints about the NHS have breached the 100,000 a year mark for the first time, according to a new report. The figures for 2009/2010 show a 13 per cent increase on the previous year – the largest ever increase . The rise has been fuelled by growing dissatisfaction over the treatment of the elderly in […]

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 […]

Drugs specials cost NHS an extra £160m

More than £70m a year could be saved from the drugs budget in England, if the government closed a legal loophole.Official figures show middlemen – or wholesalers – are inflating the price of a group of drugs called “unlicensed specials” – sometimes by thousands of percent. These are often simple drugs, sold as a liquid […]

Junior Doctor shortage sees new overseas recruitment drive

A shortage of junior doctors to start work in hospitals this August is forcing the NHS to try to recruit from India.Tighter immigration rules introduced in recent years meant many overseas medics left Britain and returned home. But the exodus, added to new European regulations limiting the hours of doctors, caused unfilled vacancies. Attempts to […]

NHS continues Connecting for Health medical database- despite promises

The NHS’s Connecting for Health CfH, NPfIT continues to push forward its plan to nationalise and centralise all medical records in England. This despite a misleading announcement from the Department of Health that uploads to the Summary Care Record (SCR) aka Snoopers Charter are ‘on hold’. In just the last few days, the medical press […]

NHS safety alerts jump by a quarter in six months

The number of reported safety alerts involving NHS patients has risen sharply, with nearly 500,000 incidents in six months. But fewer patients are dying or coming to seriuos harm as a result of medical errors in England, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) said. The figures show that 473,162 incidents were reported between April and […]

General Election 2010- cuts inevitable as NHS must make savings

The NHS is facing upheaval and cutbacks as a decade of budget increases comes to an end and £20 billion of savings must be found over the next five years. Despite pledges from Labour and the Conservatives to protect front line services, there is evidence that their promises may have come too late. A list […]