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Further cuts will put women at risk announce the Royal College of Midwives.
The NHS already acknowledges that there are too few midwives, particularly in London and the South-east of England, however, over a third of senior midwives questioned admit they will probably have to make more cuts within the next year to save money.
The Royal College warns that further cuts within an already understaffed service will mean that the NHS will no longer be able to guarantee the safety of ladies giving birth in their hospitals.
Already, of the senior midwives …

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The Health Minister for Wales, Lesley Griffiths, has only been in the job since May this year. But she has now pledged to take the flak for the huge number of changes that are coming to the health service.
The Public Health Wales conference was the platform for her impassioned speech. She promised to improve the maternity care that is currently available for women, and also described the two stage plan that was aimed at changing and improving the NHS.
She also pointed out the gap between the rich and the poor …

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The latest figures reveal that mixed sex wards are gradually slipping into oblivion. The number of patients who have been housed on a mixed sex ward fell to their lowest ever level last month. According to research just 1126 people were on mixed sex wards during August. This is a stark contrast when compared to the 11,000+ patients who were sleeping on these wards last December. The situation appears to have made a remarkable recovery in just eight or nine months.
The health secretary Andrew Lansley has hailed the figures a …

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Lib Dem backbenchers are preparing to revolt in opposition to the government’s health and social care bill, demanding further changes be made.
Former Liberal Democrat Evan Harris and Lady Shirley Williams plan to stage a motion in Birmingham to draw attention to their views, after they gained more support than they expected in a vote this week. 16 out of 24 liberal democrat backbenchers voted against the changes, even after amendments made as an outcome of the listening exercise.
Lady Williams has shown concern that the amendments didn’t go far enough in …

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The new NHS reforms will offer “genuine opportunities” for areas of the NHS to be taken over by the private sector according to the Health Minister responsible for pushing the bill through parliament the House of Lords.
Speaking at an independent Healthcare forum today Lord Howe said that although the NHS will “not give up their patients easily,” opportunities are there for public sector companies to become involved.
However, he added that it shouldn’t be seen as was to make a “fast buck” but a chance to, “stand on your own merits …

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Much has been made of the recent comments made by Lord Crisp, the former chief executive of the NHS between 2000 and 2006, concerning the potential closure of some NHS hospitals. He thinks that a certain number of hospitals should close in order that funds can be shifted to other parts of the NHS where they are needed more.
Now people from various health groups have stood behind Lord Crisp’s comments, saying that he is correct in wanting to divert funds to areas of the NHS where more long term treatment …

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Prime Minister, David Cameron and Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary will not support changes to abortion laws suggested by anti-abortion groups.
Nadine Dorries, Conservative party member and proposer of the changes, suggests that companies such as Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) may have financial motives when providing women with counseling before an abortion takes place before adding that counselling from an independent company could prevent around a third of the 200,000 terminations which take place annually.
The proposed changes will be subject to debate within the House of Commons, …

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Women have being called to explain to the NHS the things they would like to see from their ante natal and post natal services.
Throughout the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust, women are being asked for their opinions and suggestions for maternity services as part of a public investigation into the maternity services of tomorrow.
The Andover Birth Centre (ABC) has become less popular over recent years, and now only four women a week choose to give birth there. It’s services have now been put on hold for the third time, …

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Some universities and hospitals are to benefit from a £800m record funding boost for medical research the Prime Minister has declared.
The money, will be spent throughout a five year period in hopes of improving diagnoses and treatments for patients with diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The research will be managed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and be carried out by collaborations between universities and NHS trusts.
The largest amount, £112m, will go to the Imperial College and Imperial NHS trust, for it’s work in genetics, cancer and …

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With financial pressures mounting on a daily basis, a report published today by the Audit Commission warns that it is only set to increase in 2012.
Next year the NHS is to receive no increase in resources; rather it will have to deliver £5 billion in savings – a figure that equates to 5 percent of the total budget.  That is an increase on the £4.3 billion of savings achieved in the 2010/2011 period.
The Audit Commission has reported that to achieve the 2012 target, “large scale transformation will be required.”
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