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Following an undercover investigation into both NHS and private dentist treatment, it appears both are failing to give patients the treatment they deserve.
In the case of NHS dentists, they are paid on a three-fold scale.  Because of this, some dentists are routinely opting for less time-consuming tooth extractions, as opposed to more lengthy treatment such as root canals.  And although it is good practice to give patients advice on oral care, many NHS dentists are failing because they are not paid to do so.
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Six separate studies, including those from the United States and the National Institute of Health, have shown that there is an increased risk of pre-eclampsia in women who’ve conceived through IVF, as opposed to conceiving naturally.
The condition, which causes high blood pressure, fluid retention and protein in the urine, has been found to be increased by up to 41 per cent in women who’ve received IVF.  It didn’t matter whether the IVF included using donor eggs or standard IVF.
Although it’s not completely understood exactly why these findings have occurred, experts …

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Over half of special care baby units In England do not even meet minimum government standards according to a survey by the charity Bliss.
The charity, fund-raisers for specialist care for babies, found that cuts in staffing levels in over 30% of the country’s 172 neonatal care units was “significantly affecting the care of babies.”
According to the Department of Health, at least 70% of midwives and nurses working within neonatal settings should be fully qualified in providing specialist care, but over half of units did not reach this target.
What’s more, units …

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According to recent figures released by the Department of Health, the coalition government’s record for waiting times on the NHS has been getting steadily worse over the past months.
The figures have revealed that the recommended waiting times indicated by the government have been breached on many more occasions than has occurred in the past. The percentage increase is rated as 48%.
Two very different stories have emerged as a result of these figures however. Apparently the overall picture is that waiting times are being met for the most part. But drilling …

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A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the care of elderly patients at 100 hospitals nationwide has shown that 1 in 5 is breaking the law.  The damning report goes onto say that 40 out of the 100 were also flagged as having ‘minor to moderate’ concerns about their treatment of some of society’s most vulnerable patients.
Chairman of the CQC, Dame Jo Williams, said that inspectors were far too often witnessing care treated as a chore, rather than with the compassion it should be carried out with.
For example, one inspector …

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Those who choose to donate their organs should have their funerals funded by the NHS according to a report by the Nuffield Council on bioethics.
The suggestion is that it would provide an incentive for more people to register as organ donors.
Currently, 3 people die daily whilst waiting for organs whilst 8,000 people continue to wait on the list.
Nuffield have advised that the government run a pilot scheme in order to judge public opinion on the idea. However the report did not support any proposals for an ‘opt out’ system.
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Parenting website mumsnet has launched a campaign fighting towards better NHS care for the thousands of families who suffer a miscarriage.
The campaign, backed by doctors and other specialists, is calling for quicker scans for those waiting to discover if they have had a miscarriage. As it stands women can wait several agonising days to discover whether they have lost their baby and are often left waiting in the same room as heavily pregnant women with experiencing successful pregnancies.
Furthermore, the campaign is fighting for better training for NHS staff to …

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A brand new institute – The Translational (early stage) Research Partnerships – has been created by the government to cut red tape and allow various different institutions to combine forces to discover ground-breaking new drug treatments.
The idea is to allow both public and private groups to work together, so speeding up the process from trials to full patient use.  The whole procedure will be overseen by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
This new funding will mean that the NHS, life science companies and university clinical researchers will be able …

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An NHS trust is advising doctors to refrain from making a referral for investigation for patients suspected of having cancer, unless they can attend their appointment within two weeks.
Government guidelines suggest that patients suspected of having a tumour should have a referral to see a specialist within two weeks and so the move by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will ensure this target will be met.
However, it will also mean that patients could end up waiting longer than necessary to see a specialist.
Chief Executive of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire …

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Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex, is at the centre of an investigation after two women died not long after giving birth in the maternity unit there. The first woman, Sareena Ali, died there in January after having a heart attack brought on by a rupture in her womb. The second woman, Violet Stephens, died in April. This death occurred a month after a review into the services provided in the maternity unit. The review stated that essential standards were not being met.
There are reports that a total of twelve women …