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NHS 111 phone number raises safety concerns

Doctors are questioning the safety of a new non emergency NHS 111 phone number sparks concern.The 111 service, replacing NHS Direct, is being piloted in some areas ahead of a nationwide launch but has proved problematic, with some callers left on hold for hours. Dr Laurence Buckman, the British Medical Association’s GP committee chair, says […]

Leeds heart surgery campaigners win legal challenge

Campaigners trying to keep child heart surgery in Leeds have won a key legal challenge to keep the facility open.The High Court has ruled the consultation over changes to children’s heart surgery in England and Wales was flawed. Legal action was brought by campaigners trying to save operations at Leeds General Infirmary but the ruling […]

UK ranks badly in European health league table

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill health, research suggests.Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet. Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the UK needs to increase its […]

Three million people now diagnosed with Diabetes in UK

Three million people in the UK have now been diagnosed with diabetes, says charity Diabetes UK, which warns this new high could create a huge burden on the NHS.Most of these cases are Type 2 diabetes, caused by the UK’s ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people. Another 850,000 people are […]

NHS foreign doctors must speak English agree Ministers

Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has finally confirmed.Concerns were raised after a German doctor, Dr Daniel Ubani, gave a patient a fatal overdose on his first and only shift in the UK. He had earlier been rejected for work […]

Systematic failures by GPs lead to rise in children admitted to hospital as emergencies

A ‘systematic failure’ by GPs and hospitals has led to a 50 per cent rise in the number of under fives being admitted to wards as emergencies in the last decade.Young children are increasingly being admitted to hospital beds for short periods with conditions that could be treated at home, an Oxford University study has […]

Scottish waiting list scandal shows Nicola Sturgeon failure as Health Minister

The Scottish waiting list scandal shows Nicola Sturgeon failure as Health Minister.Nicola Sturgeon must be judged a failure as Health Minister after the discovery of the shambles surrounding NHS waiting lists, Labour’s Scottish leader has said. Johann Lamont told MSPs that Ms Sturgeon failed to “get out” of politics before her legacy in the health […]

Hunt criticises health trust for bullying whistleblower

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has criticised a hospital trust’s actions after a gagging order was broken to raise concerns about patient safety.Gary Walker, a former chief executive at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, broke the order when he was interviewed by the BBC. Lawyers for the trust then warned him he would have to repay […]

Health Secretary wants to cut nurses’ paperwork by third

Jeremy Hunt the Health Secretary, wants to cut the amount of paperwork doctors and nurses have to do by a third so they can spend hours more every week with patients.“Endless” box ticking and “burdensome regulation” mean nurses spend about a day a week on paperwork, Mr Hunt told a meeting organised by the think-tank […]

NHS Stafford Hospital- Francis Report blames no one and everyone

In the aftermath of NHS Stafford Hospital report by Robert Francis QC- there seems a huge contradiction- it blames everyone and yet at the same time no one is singled out for the hundreds of needless deaths.Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said it felt “wrong” that no one had been brought to book, while David […]