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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 […]

Overseas nurses denied NHS jobs

Thousands of overseas nurses were denied permission to work in England last year, despite hospitals facing staff shortages. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has found that the refusals have hit high profile hospitals in Cambridge, Newcastle and Manchester. A Freedom of Information request to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) found more than 2,341 refusals. […]

UK pays less for cancer drugs than some countries

The UK is paying less for new cancer drugs than a number of other high income countries, according to a report in The Lancet Oncology. While the UK, Greece, Spain and Portugal pay the least, on average, for the drugs they use, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland pay the most. The authors said more transparency was […]

NHS health staff crisis is worse than cash woes

The growing crisis in healthcare professionals’ morale is a greater risk to the NHS than the financial problems it is grappling with. Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, warned staff shortages, disputes with government and bullying were creating a “toxic mix”. He said if the problems persisted, the affinity staff felt […]

NHS understaffed by 50,000 due to bad health planning

Bad planning and cost cutting have left the NHS in England short of 50,000 vital front line staff MPs are warning. The Public Accounts Committee said the shortfall in doctors, nurses and midwives could even get worse if ministers did not get a “better grip”. The group also warned there had been “no coherent attempt” […]

Obese smokers denied surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons found a third of local NHS health bosses put restrictions on surgery for smokers and the obese. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has been increasingly alarmed about the rationing of surgery in the NHS in the tough financial climate. However, some local NHS groups criticised in the report say […]

Doctors want new cosmetic surgery laws

Surgeons want new laws to protect patients undergoing cosmetic surgery The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called on the government to introduce legislation in the next Queen’s Speech to protect patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, as the organisation and the General Medical Council (GMC) publish new standards on cosmetic procedures. The RCS’s new Professional Standards […]

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 […]

Junior doctors threaten exodus after Hunt’s ultimatum

Junior doctors are threatening an exodus from the NHS after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt imposed a new contract. After two strikes by junior doctors, the sticking point in negotiations remained the rates of pay for working Saturdays. Under the new contract, 7am to 5pm on Saturdays will be regarded as a normal working day. But […]

David Bowie thanked by end of life care doctor

A doctor specialising in end of life care has  thanked David Bowie helping people to talk about death. Dr Mark Taubert, palliative care consultant at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff, said it prompted a “weighty” discussion with a dying woman. His letter, published on the blogs website page of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), has […]