Health Direct- NHS news, advice and information

Recent Posts

Tag Cloud

Site search

Site menu:


HON- Accreditation

The Health Direct blog adheres to the eight principles of the Health On the Net’s HON Code of Conduct (HONcode) for medical and health websites.

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation.




Recent Comments

Tag: RCS

Surgery death rate twice as high as previously thought

Twice as many people die after surgery in NHS hospitals as previously thought according to a new report that finds serious shortcomings in the way many patients are treated.The overall chance of dying within two months of surgery is one in 28 (3.6 per cent), found the study published in The Lancet. Dr Rupert Pearse, […]

Hospitals should operate seven days a week

The most senior doctor in the NHS is demanding that hospitals have a full complement of doctors at weekends to make the health service more convenient to access as “people get sick seven days a week”.Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, criticised the culture in hospitals of only treating emergency cases at the […]

Study reveals disturbing rate of failure among some surgeons

Thousands of patients are being forced to go under the knife for a second time because as many as half the operations carried out by some NHS surgeons end in failure.The disturbing finding comes from a study of bowel surgery, one of the commonest operations carried out on the NHS. Patients whose bowel operations fail […]

Emergency patients let down by labour targets, say surgeons

Emergency patients are being let down by the health service because managers are more concerned with meeting targets by treating those with appointments, the heads of Royal Colleges warn. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, some of the country’s most senior doctors say they are “deeply frustrated” at the low priority given to Accident […]

NHS waiting lists rise after doctors’ hours cut by eu red tape

Hospital waiting times have begun to rise again after years of decline following the introduction of European rules on junior doctors’ working hours.Waiting times in the NHS had been dropping since the 1990s but the rules limiting junior doctors to a 48-hour week, which were implemented last August, had reversed the trend. Thousands more patients […]

EU red tape rules are making our doctors lazy clock-watchers

European rules are creating a generation of “lazy, clock-watching” junior surgeons who lack the skills to operate safely, their bosses have warned. A year after the EU directive limiting workers to a 48-hour week was brought in for the NHS, 80 per cent of consultants polled by the Royal College of Surgeons said quality of […]

Doctors reject MOT tests on medical competence

Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson’s scheme for inspectors to be appointed by every health trust has been rejected by the BMA. Ten years after the reputation of the medical profession was ripped apart by the Bristol children’s heart surgery disaster and the Harold Shipman murders, efforts to introduce regular checks on doctors’ competence, known […]