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Pregnant women feel abandoned by NHS

The declining role of GPs in maternity care is leading to some pregnant women feeling “abandoned” by the system, a leading think-tank has claimed. Often expectant mothers do not know who to turn to if they suffer health problems during pregnancy, according to The King’s Fund. Although family doctors frequently know a woman’s medical history […]

NHS scaring patients into accepting electronic records database

The NHS has been accused of scaring patients into agreeing to have their personal information included on the controversial NPfIT electronic records database. The agency charged with rolling out the new system is warning of “adverse consequences” if people choose to opt out of the computerised network, which has been criticised as chaotic by doctors. […]

NHS sends your confidential patient records to India

The NHS is sending millions of patient records and confidential medical notes to India for processing — despite a pledge by Labour that personal information would not be sent overseas. It is the first time that databases of names, addresses and NHS numbers of patients have been sent abroad, along with private information about medical […]

NHS worst for data breaches says Information Commissioner

The NHS reported the highest number of serious data breaches of any UK organisation since the end of 2007, the Information Commissioner’s Office says. David Smith, deputy commissioner at the ICO told the Infosec security conference the NHS had highlighted 287 breaches to it in the period. That accounts for more than 30% of the […]

NHS admits failings in IT records plan

The National Health Service’s £12.7bn scheme to create an electronic patient record will “no longer provide the comprehensive solution” originally promised, says a top NHS executive. Until now, health ministers and officials have acknowledged that the world’s biggest civilian information technology project is running four to five years late, and have said they want to […]

Muslim staff escape NHS MRSA hygiene rule

Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the NHS to restrict the spread of MRSA hospital superbugs. Female staff who follow the Islamic faith will be allowed to cover their arms to preserve their modesty despite earlier guidance that all staff should be “bare below […]

Labour in cancer leaflet row

Labour has become embroiled in a row about the use of personal data after sending cancer patients alarmist mailshots saying their lives could be at risk under a Conservative government. Personalised cards addressed to sufferers by name warn that a Labour guarantee to see a cancer specialist within two weeks would be scrapped by the […]

Failing NHS IT supplier faces dismissal

The biggest single supplier to the £12bn NHS NPfIT white elephant programme is on the brink of being fired from a key part of its contract after failing to meet a deadline to install systems at hospitals in the north west. CSC, which holds the contract for two-thirds of England, missed the deadline to get […]