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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 …

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With continuing delaying tactics of the NHS for non-life threatening operations, the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII) have warned against the perils of waiting until later in life to purchase private medical insurance.
The advice for those considering a private health insurance policy is to take it out before reaching middle age.  The longer a person leaves it, the more likely they are to have a pre-existing medical condition that private insurance would not cover.
The AMII say that as we age, the natural wear and tear on the body can …

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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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The Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust has found itself in deep water after accidentally sending a CD filled with personal patient information to a landfill. The CD was said to contain the details of 1.6 million patients in the area. The information included the patients’ addresses, NHS numbers and other sensitive information.
The loss occurred when an office was cleared out. The person responsible for the move did not realise the CD was held in a filing cabinet, which was then sent to the landfill. According to various reports, …

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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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Births in England have risen 22 per cent over the past two decades, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).  However, the number of practicing midwives has not increased in the same ratio.
This has led to parts of England having a desperate shortage of midwives to cope with today’s increased number of births.  This, coupled with the fact that many births are becoming increasingly complex due to a greater number older and obese woman needing extra support, means that maternity services in some parts of the country are close …

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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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According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, there have been 4.7% fewer referrals to hospital made by GPs in the three months from April to July than there were for the same months in 2010.
This has led to concern that it may be storing up problems for the future, as fewer people are getting the care they need at an early stage. Outpatient attendances have also been recorded at a lower level, dropping by 2.7% for the same period year on year.
The British Medical Association has …