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Poor diabetes care in England leading to preventable deaths

Poor diabetes care in England is leading to preventable deaths, record rates of complications and huge costs to the NHS. Diabetes UK says the disease is the fastest growing health threat of our times and current care models are not working to get on top of the problem. The NHS spends a tenth of its […]

NHS plans for earlier cancer diagnosis to save lives

Patients are to be given the option to refer themselves for cancer tests, as part of an NHS England bid to diagnose an extra 10% of people early. The NHS said it would start testing new ways of speeding up diagnosis, including offering patients the option to book appointments directly with a hospital or testing […]

NHS hospitals are gridlocked

Hospitals like the Cheltenham General Hospital are being closed to new patients and routine operations- but why? Primarily hospitals are all about flow- as new patients arrive, others must move on through the system and, eventually, leave. But what has happened in the past month is that the system has stalled. Last year more than […]

IVF success rates may be boosted by time lapse embryo imaging

Time lapse imaging- which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.The article Retrospective analysis of outcomes after IVF using an aneuploidy risk model derived from time-lapse imaging without PGS was reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, can be used to select embryos at low risk […]

Dementia affects 80% of care home residents

More than 320,000 of the 400,000 people living in care homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland now have dementia or severe memory problems, the Alzheimer’s Society charity estimates.It said the figure was almost 30% higher than previous estimates because of the rise in the ageing population and improvements in data collection. Of 2,000 adults […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Third of health authorities still imposing postcode lottery treatment bans

A third of local health authorities are still imposing postcode lottery treatment on certain ailments including hernia operations, IVF, varicose vein removal and even hip and knee replacements, according to a survey of GPs.Last November Andrew Lansley- the then Health Secretary, banned primary care trusts (PCTs) and health commissioning groups from imposing across-the-board restrictions, describing […]