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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 […]

3,000 more patients have died needlessly in NHS hospitals

More than 3,000 people may have died unnecessarily at five NHS trusts in a crisis that could dwarf the horrors at Mid Staffordshire, which were detailed in a devastating report published yesterday.An investigation began on Wednesday night into excessive mortality rates at the five trusts – the same warning sign that exposed the needless deaths […]

Stafford Hospital- hiding mistakes should be criminal offence- Francis inquiry

NHS staff should face prosecution if they are not open and honest about mistakes, according to a public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital.Years of abuse and neglect at the hospital led to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients. The “appalling” levels of care that led to needless deaths have already been well documented […]

Patients admitted to hospitals on bank holidays almost 50 per cent more likely to die

Patients are much more likely to die if they are admitted to hospital on a bank holiday because there are fewer doctors on duty according to new research.Public holidays are usually tagged on to a weekend, providing a three or four day holiday, resulting in what the authors refer to as a “cumulative effect”. The […]

Monday mornings are the A&E rush hour

Beware going to your hospital this morning- Doctors and nurses say that Monday mornings are the busiest time of the week.The busiest time in accident and emergency departments in England is Monday morning, hospital data shows. There are 4,000 cases every hour between 10am and noon on Monday – twice the average. Late morning was […]

New Meningitis B vaccine for killer strain of meningitis is licensed

A meningitis B vaccine that could save thousands of lives has been licensed for the first time, in a move hailed as the most important breakthrough in 30 years.The vaccine could soon be available privately and Government advisers are deciding if it should be introduced into the free NHS childhood vaccination programme. The jab, called […]

Doctor and nurse shortages on wards cause thousands of NHS deaths a year

Shortages of doctors and nurses on hospital wards are likely to cause thousands of deaths a year, a new study has suggested.Researchers found that patients were almost 10% more likely to die when there were fewer medically-trained staff available. It is thought that those being treated in overstretched hospitals are more prone to developing fatal […]

Number of children with asthma admitted to hosptal falls since smoking ban

The number of children with symptoms of asthma who have been admitted to hospital  has fallen since the ban on smoking in public places came into effect.Research shows there was a 12.3% fall in admissions in the first year after the law came into place in July 2007, and these have continued to drop in […]

Top Christmas health risks

With the festive break on us  here, in no particular order, is my personal selection of the top Christmas health risks. High lights- low lights It may look festive but dragging a tree – plastic or wooden – into your living room and covering it with electric lights and tiny glass baubles is asking for […]