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ESA benefit payments- retests axed for chronically ill claimants

Claimants of long term sickness benefits will no longer face repeated medical assessments to keep their payments. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better. More than two million people receive ESA, which is worth […]

Over 1000 NHS ‘never events’ a disgrace says Patients Association

Over 1,000 NHS patients have suffered from medical mistakes so serious they should never have happened. The so called never events included the case of a man who had a whole testicle removed rather than just a cyst. In another, a woman’s fallopian tubes were taken out instead of her appendix. Other “never events” included […]

Pharmacists could help ease GP pressures

An army of pharmacists could step in to help treat patients at GP practices across England leading health professionals plan. The proposals focus on pharmacists seeing patients with common ailments directly – not on setting up shops within surgeries. Pharmacists would provide health advice and be able to prescribe medication once extra training had been […]

Patients visit A&E up to 50 times a year

Some patients are going to Accident and Emergency (A&E) units more than 50 times a year. Data from 183 sites obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed nearly 12,000 people made more than 10 visits to the same unit in 2012-13. And a small number of those – just over 150 – attended more […]

Friday is worst day of the week for surviving surgery

Health Direct wishes you good luck if you are going under the knife today- you have a 44% gerater chance of dying than if you had your operation on a Monday. People who have surgery towards the end of the week are more likely to die than those who have procedures earlier on, researchers say. […]

Organ donations rise in UK tripled in numbers

The number of living people giving one of their organs to a stranger almost tripled last year in the UK, according to new figures.The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) approved 104 so-called altruistic organ donations in 2012-13 compared with 38 the previous year. The figures include the first case of someone giving part of their liver […]

Hospitals reveal 750 blunders that should never have happened

More than 750 patients have suffered after preventable mistakes in England’s hospitals over the past four years.The incidents, such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving instruments inside patients, are categorised by the Department of Health as “never events”. This means they are incidents that are so serious they should never happen. NHS […]

A&E- accident and emergency facing serious problems

Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are facing a “serious problem” a health minister has said, after NHS chiefs ordered urgent action to tackle growing pressures.Rising attendances have meant A&E units in England have started struggling to hit the four hour waiting time target. The problem has got so bad that NHS England has pledged extra […]

NHS satisfaction ratings stabilising after record fall

Public satisfaction ratings with the NHS appears to have stabilised following a record fall- according to the British Social Attitudes Survey.The poll of more than 1,100 people in England, Wales and Scotland last year found satisfaction with the way the NHS was run stood at 61%. This followed a record fall from 70%, in 2010, […]

Stafford Hospital aftermath- five more hospital trusts to be investigated

Five other hospitals trusts are to be investigated in the wake of the public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital.Neglect and abuse at the hospital led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths between 2005 and 2008. In response to the inquiry, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that five other hospitals with persistently high death rates would […]