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A health centre in Yorkshire has written to patients who need minor surgical procedures telling them they are no longer to be funded by the NHS.  The letter details their options to undergo the treatment privately, with a list of four providers and costs.  However, one of the providers is a company that is owned by the doctor’s practice.
The company, HBG Ltd., is one of four options offered to the patients.  The type of procedures it refers to is those such as wart removal, mole removal, cyst removal and ingrowing …

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Plans to tighten rules on the English language skills of European doctors have been welcomed throughout the profession.
Under current rules the General Medical Council (GMC) is unable to test the language and communication skills of doctors coming from Europe to practice in the UK. This can only be done by individual NHS employers.
However, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced that the GMC will be allocated powers that will allow them to take necessary action against anyone with concerning communication skills.
What’s more, NHS bodies will have …

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In a poll of 8000 nurses, the Royal College of Nursing concludes that huge numbers of it’s members believe their jobs are vulnerable.
Over 20,000 nurses believe that they will have lost their jobs by this time next year and almost 30,000 worry that they will lose responsibilities. In all, 75,000 nurses believe they may be made redundant, lose hours or be demoted within the next 12 months.
And it would seem that fears are justified as trusts across the country begin to reduce their numbers of mental health nurses in …

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In a new trial, doctors will prescribe ecstasy to patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The belief is that it could ease the emotional pain of those who have endured distressing episodes such as war or rape, and in turn encourage them to feel more comfortable with these past events.
In America, a small trial of patients given the active ingredient in ecstasy; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), alongside their psychotherapy, showed a significant positive effect of the drug on their mental well-being 8 weeks later compared to those administered with a placebo …

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The world’s first tax on unhealthy foods is to be imposed in Denmark, as the government urge the population to become healthier.
As of the 1st October, the population of Denmark will be charged a further 8p per packet of crisps, 30p on a pack of butter and 13p on 1lb worth of mince. It is expected that the government will see a revenue equivalent to £140m in return for a cut in consumption of unhealthy fats by 10% throughout the population.
Although under 10% of Danish people are diagnosed as …

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A new drug that’s been developed for those suffering from advanced stages of prostate cancer has been deemed ‘too expensive’ by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The drug, called cabazitaxel, has been proven to extend life for a period of around two months in those whom other treatments have stopped working.  It has only just been licensed in the UK, and is one which the Prostate Cancer Charity says is an important treatment that can allow men to spend precious extra time with their families.
However, at around …

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A regularly prescribed painkiller has been found to significantly raise the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) advises those taking diclofenac to continue taking the drug but visit their GP if they are concerned.
Not only was Diclofenac prescribed for conditions such as arthritis and back pain up to 6m times last year, it is readily available over the counter. Yet scientists have discovered the risk of serious cardiac illnesses could be increased by up to 40% compared to those who don’t take it …

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Further cuts will put women at risk announce the Royal College of Midwives.
The NHS already acknowledges that there are too few midwives, particularly in London and the South-east of England, however, over a third of senior midwives questioned admit they will probably have to make more cuts within the next year to save money.
The Royal College warns that further cuts within an already understaffed service will mean that the NHS will no longer be able to guarantee the safety of ladies giving birth in their hospitals.
Already, of the senior midwives …

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Peter Carter, the head of the Royal College of Nursing, has spoken out over the use of untrained healthcare assistants in the NHS. Healthcare assistants are traditionally employed to help with a range of basic tasks. These include helping patients to wash and assisting them with feeding. But Mr Carter says that many of them are relied upon to do a lot more than this – despite the fact they are not trained for many of the jobs they undertake.
“Many hospitals employ healthcare assistants as opposed to registered nurses,” said …

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As summer draws to a close and thoughts head towards the long winter months ahead, health ministers are urging people in the ‘at risk’ group not to forget their influenza vaccinations.
Last year saw a high number of people contract flu – an illness which can prove fatal for the elderly, very young, expectant mothers and those with underlying medical conditions.  This group are routinely offered the flu jab every year from their GP.  Ministers are hopeful that if as many people as possible take advantage of the vaccination, a similar …