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Hygiene worries at cancer centres

Inspectors have expressed worries at the standard of hygiene and cleaning at Scotland’s largest cancer centres. On a visit to the Beatson and Gartnavel General Hospitals, they found dust and debris- and were told by staff there were not always enough cleaners. Healthcare Improvement Scotland also found many patients had not been given information about […]

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 […]

Health Secretary wants to cut nurses’ paperwork by third

Jeremy Hunt the Health Secretary, wants to cut the amount of paperwork doctors and nurses have to do by a third so they can spend hours more every week with patients.“Endless” box ticking and “burdensome regulation” mean nurses spend about a day a week on paperwork, Mr Hunt told a meeting organised by the think-tank […]

Decriminalise drugs- cross party group of Lords call

The possession and use of all illegal drugs should be decriminalised a cross party group of Lords has said.The least harmful should be regulated and sold in licensed shops, with labels detailing risks, the group concluded. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform (APPG) said criminal sanctions did not combat drug addiction, and only […]

Fear of being sued is ruining modern medicine

Doctors are too scared to deviate from evidence based medicine and innovation is being stifled claims Lord Saatchi.Lord Saatchi was spurred into launching a medical Bill after his wife Josephine Hart died of ovarian cancer The mantra that young, fledgling doctors repeat to themselves endlessly is “evidence based practice”. On the face of it, this […]

Some NHS hospitals charged double rate for medical supplies

Some NHS hospitals are paying twice the charged rate for essential medical supplies as others- wasting up to £475 on each piece of equipment.A study found that some hospitals were paying hundreds of pounds over the odds and negotiating better deals could save taxpayers £500 million a year. Knee implants were sold to one NHS […]

Consultants warn care hit by expensive deals on supplies

Many NHS hospitals in England are paying over the odds for expensive supplies- a snapshot investigation suggests.The assessment by consultants Ernst & Young highlights big variations in the prices paid for a range of medical products. The findings come despite long standing concerns from MPs and the National Audit Office over wasteful procurement. The Department […]

NHS wastes logo checking ‘head of brand’ on almost £100,000

The NHS has employed a ‘Head of Brand’ on a salary of almost £100,000 a year to ensure its logo is being used appropriately.Sir David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, on Tuesday denied it was “frivolous” waste of money but admitted the job title was “rather unfortunate”. The Leeds based position at the NHS […]

NHS doctors must treat foreign health tourists to promote eu human rights

Foreign health tourists must be given free treatment by NHS doctors to avoid discriminating against them- new eu guidelines for doctors have ruled.The principles, issued to English doctors, stipulate they must register any foreignborn patient in a bid to “promote eu human rights and public health”. New patients registering to British GP surgeries could include […]

Diabetes UK warns of health calamity

The Diabetes UK charity calls for government intervention after fears that another 700,000 Britons will be diagnosed with the disease by 2020.The rise will put severe strain on the NHS, which currently spends 10% of its budget treating the consequences of the condition, according to Diabetes UK. The charity’s estimate of 700,000 extra cases in […]