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Big variations in NHS surgery due to postcode lottery rationing

The number of patients undergoing common NHS surgical procedures varies widely across England because of postcode lottery funding restrictions.Local NHS rationing of hernia repair, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and varicose vein surgeries has led to a “postcode lottery”, say researchers. Writing in the Lancet, they warned such policies could be “storing up problems for […]

Postcode dementia care is disgraceful according to the Alzheimer Society

There is a “disgraceful” variation in the number of proportion with dementia being diagnosed across the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. About 800,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia, but most have not been diagnosed. Estimates by the charity suggest only 32% were diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire compared […]

Diabetes care depressingly poor warn MPs

The standard of care for diabetes in England is “depressingly poor”, causing unnecessary deaths and disabilities- a parliamentary committee warns.The Public Accounts Committee came to the conclusion after looking at how well the NHS was doing at helping patients manage their condition. Previous reports have criticised the lack of checks being carried out, such as […]

A million dementia friends to be taught how to diagnose and improve care

One million people are to be taught how to spot the early signs of dementia as part of a drive to spread knowledge about the illness and improve the care of sufferers.David Cameron will also announce today that the Government will trial new medical technology that could potentially reduce the time it takes the NHS […]

Sexual healthcare at risk from NHS changes

In April 2013 many health services are being put out to private tender – and will be overseen by amongst others the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).But CCGs will not commission sexual health or public health services such as obesity and smoking prevention. This function will fall to local councils, and elected officials. The directors […]

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 […]

NHS hospital patients facing severe cutbacks if elderly care crisis not solved

NHS patients will see “severe” reductions in their care in the next few years if the Government does not close an estimated £2 billion shortfall in funding for care for the elderly, hospital chiefs are warning.The current system of care is in danger of becoming “unsustainable” if more money is not made available, they say. […]

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, […]

NHS has cash reserves of almost £4 billion

The NHS has stockpiled cash reserves of almost £4 billion- emphasising the disparity in the National Health Service which we posted about yesterday NHS under pressure with more trusts in the redFour per cent of the entire NHS budget – half of which was not spent in 2011-12 alone – is sitting in the bank, […]

NHS under pressure with more trusts in the red

The number of NHS trusts in financial difficulty has more than doubled in a year an Audit Commission report warns.The NHS ended 2011-12 with a £1.6 billion surplus- but the differences between solvent trusts and struggling ones is growing, warns the Audit Commission. Hospitals on the outskirts of London and across the south east are […]