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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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The NHS ombudsman warns GP’s to improve communication between themselves and patients to avoid even more patient complaints.
Last year 17% of all complaints received by the ombudsman were regarding local doctors and over a fifth of those were complaints from patients who felt they had been unfairly removed from their doctor’s lists.
According to the British Medical Association (BMA), anti-social behaviour caused by one member of a family shouldn’t mean that other family members are struck off the list.
Ann Abraham, of the ombudsman states that although the NHS will not …

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Scotland’s NHS is experiencing a critical cash shortage, but it’s still managing to pay over 3000 clinicians, managers and executives a salary of over £100,000.  Last November saw ministers vowing to make ‘robust’ alterations to these film star level salaries, but to date the number of people receiving them remains unchanged.
The £300 million annual wage bill would be enough to pay for over 13,000 nurses.  However, rather than do that, nearly 2,000 nurses have been slashed from the NHS payroll as a means to save money.
In comparison to other salaries, …

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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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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 …

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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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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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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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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 …