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A new non-emergency service is to be launched for the NHS, providing a simple 111 number that people can call when they need advice on a medical condition or problem.
The service will replace the current NHS Direct phone line and is designed to provide a first port of call for help during hours when doctors’ surgeries are not open. The 24 hour service is intended for non-emergency situations; those requiring immediate help or assistance in an emergency should still call 999 for an ambulance as per usual.
The 111 number has …

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elderly man

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has issued a warning that poor post-operative care for many of the nation’s most vulnerable patients is causing thousands of needless deaths.
In the rush to meet targets, such as getting patients into surgery within 18 weeks, many are simply left on regular wards after their operation and not getting the specialist care necessary.  Their after care is being left to junior doctors instead of the specialised units where care is provided by experienced nurses and consultants.
This is leading to unacceptably high mortality rates for …

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medicine pills

An NHS clinic aimed at treating those addicted to ‘clubbing drugs’ opened this week with 70 referrals before it was launched.
The Chelsea based clinic has been set up by addiction psychiatrist Dr Bowden-Jones as the number of people addicted to ‘clubbing drugs’ continues to rise. As of yet, the harm that can be caused by taking ‘clubbing drugs’ such as mephedrone, ketamine and GBL is unknown but Bowden-Jones suggests that the types of people most likely to be affected are young, employed and generally affluent. He adds that substance users …

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Dr Brian Keighley, the head of the BMA (British Medical Association) in Scotland, has spoken out about the “panic measures” that are being resorted to in some hospitals in Scotland. His comments came during an interview with BBC Radio Scotland, where he discussed the challenges faced by the NHS due to the reduction in its budget.
The Scottish government made clear in its Comprehensive Spending Review that more than £800 million will be allocated to the Scottish NHS in the next three years. However the BMA disputed this, saying that inflation …

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The NHS IT system that was developed while Labour was in power is finally going to be scrapped. The coalition has decided that it is best to get out now and prevent any further funds being lost. The total amount of money wasted – taxpayer’s money – is said to be in the region of £12 billion. Some people think the true cost could be far higher.
The National Audit Office had already reported that it was unwise to pour more money into a scheme that has been beset by delays …

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The Department of Health has released information showing that only one in every three staff members working for the NHS are receiving the flu jab each year. Only 30% of nurses received the vaccination last year, prompting concerns that they could be putting patients at risk by not getting the protection they need.
There was a big difference between the number of practice nurses working in GP surgeries who had the jab, and those working in hospitals. A total of 42.5% of practice nurses got the jab, whereas just 30% of …

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obesity in the uk

According to the latest figures gastric bands are becoming far more common in the under 25s. The figures reveal that a total of 55 people in this age group had a gastric band fitted in the period 2006/7. Fast forward to the 2009/10 period and that number has increased to 2010. This is roughly four times as many people under 25 having the operation now as compared to just a few short years ago. The youngest people to have it done were just fifteen years old.
This sharp rise in figures …

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medical4

According to the General Medical Council (GMC), around 12,000 new doctors begin working each year for the NHS – be it in full-time, part-time or locum positions.  Following the publication of a new report, it’s now feared that some of these individuals, which include new doctors entering clinical practice for the first time, as well as thousands of foreign doctors, might not be fully prepared to begin treating patients un-supervised.
After some tragic events over the previous years, where foreign doctors providing out-of-hours services for the NHS made fatal mistakes treating …

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Police looking into the contamination of saline solutions at Stepping Hill hospital have been informed of a further incident in which an elderly patient was given milk containing bleach.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that they do not believe the two incidents to be related, although they are investigating the second incident.
Police were informed of the situation on Saturday after a patient received the drink whilst on a ward catering for the elderly. Fortunately the patient was not harmed.
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that, “an incident relating to the possible …

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It’s been a lament echoed by parents over the millennia – that you don’t get taught how to be a parent.  Well, if the latest government plans come to fruition then that might well be a thing of the past.
Prime Minister, David Cameron, has long been arguing that much of the problems in the country are caused by the lack of ability by some parents to bring up children with acceptable moral boundaries.  Further fuelled by last month’s riots, plans are now being drawn up that will allow the NHS …