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Archive for February, 2011

NHS hospital admissions due to alcohol could rise to 1.5 million year- charity warns

Health Direct wonders if you have had a good weekend as the number of admissions to hospital in the UK because of problem drinking could rise to 1.5 million a year by 2015, a charity says. Alcohol Concern estimates that alcohol abuse will cost the NHS £3.7bn annually if nothing is done to stop the […]

NHS still missing safety alerts campaigners warn

Too many NHS health trusts are still not responding to patient safety alerts in England, campaigners warn. Alerts are issued when potentially harmful situations are identified in health settings, such as the risk of overdoses or using medical equipment. Department of Health data showed there were over 650 cases of NHS trusts not complying with […]

NHS shamed over callous treatment of elderly

The National Health Service is condemned over its inhumane treatment of elderly patients in an official report that finds hospitals are failing to meet “even the most basic standards of care” for the over-65s. A study of pensioners who suffered appalling treatment at the hands of doctors and nurses says that half were not given […]

How to Treat Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins are unsightly blue or purple bulging veins that may be lumpy or knobbly in appearance. They are a fairly common affliction, affecting three in 10 adults, and occur when the valves in a vein weaken and fail to work properly. These valves normally keep the blood flowing effectively through the veins and to […]

Sacked drugs adviser demands apology from Home Office

A row over a disgraced GP sacked from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for controversial views including linking homosexuality with child abuse intensified as it emerged that a Home Office report makes the same point. The appointment last month of Dr Hans Christian Raabe – who takes a hard line against drug […]

Labour’s Private Finance Initiative- NHS hospitals will cost taxpayers 60 years of pain

Under Labour’s Private Finance Initiative schemes, British taxpayers are committed to pay £229 billion for new hospitals, schools and other projects with a capital value of just £56 billion. Several contracts are due to run for 60 years, documents released under freedom of information requests show, meaning taxpayers will be paying for the projects for […]

Nanny state’s drug ban may have done harm rather than good official research finds

The ban on designer drug miaow miaow (mephedrone) has not only failed to reduce its availability but it may even have driven some users to harder drugs, according to a new report.A survey by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs has revealed that users have noticed little difference in their ability to get hold of […]

For GPs appointment- call NHS Health Direct if you want to see your doctor

Patients will have to contact a call centre to arrange GP appointments under plans for NHS Health Direct to handle bookings for local doctors’ surgeries.Anyone wanting an appointment will first have to contact NHS Direct by dialling 111, which will be used as the new non-emergency medical number. Call centre staff would then make their […]

NHS buys PFI hospital and saves £14 million

A hospital trust will save £14million after becoming the first in the country to buy its way out of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal. The NHS body was due to pay £2m a year for the next two decades to the private firm that built West Park Hospital in Darlington, County Durham. But after […]

Breast cancer will hit one in eight women research finds

One in eight women will develop breast cancer as rates have risen over the past decade, according to new figures. The number of middle aged women contracting the disease has increased particularly sharply, with lifestyle factors partly to blame. British women are drinking and eating more than before, and exercising less, as well as having […]