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A threefold increase in compensation means egg donors in the UK are one of the best off in Europe.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) currently compensate donors up to £250 to cover their loss of earnings plus an unlimited amount to further cover expenses such as transport to clinic.
Generally, the overall cost per donor averages at around £500. However, the agreement by HFEA today means that all donors will receive a total fee of £750 per donation to cover all expenses.
The reasons for this, put forward by the …

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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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New research on how much we should be eating suggests we’re not getting enough calories every day.
An advisory committee has concluded that the current guidelines on daily calorie intake, introduced 20 years ago, have been slightly under-estimated for both men and women.
The Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) suggested in 1991 that women should aim to consume 1,940 calories a day and men 2,550. However, this has now been increased to 2,179 for women and 2,605 for men.
Professor Alan Jackman. Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee on …

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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.
Lead of …

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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 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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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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obesity in the uk

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 …