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The NHS is one of the most cost effective health services in the developed world according to a study.
The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, suggests that the only country, within the last 25 years, that saves more lives for all money spent as a proportion of national wealth is Ireland. Amongst the 17 countries studies, the US healthcare system ranked among the least effective.
The researchers suggest that these findings contrast suggestions by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley that the NHS requires competition to become more …

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MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureu) cases are now at a record low – according to the latest data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
25 acute NHS trusts have now been free from any outbreaks of the superbug MRSA for the past twelve months.  Taking all the NHS trusts in England into account, there were less than 100 infections reported in any given month of last year.
Incidents of another superbug, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) are also down by 16 per cent from the previous year – from 2,001 to 1,681 across England’s …

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From April 2012, NHS patients in England will have more choice about where they can go for treatment.
In effect, this means that once a patient has been referred from the relevant first port of call – in most instances this will be their GP – they will be able to make a choice about where they will be treated, and by whom.  Providers will have to be qualified, registered and licensed to provide their particular service, and will have to have agreed to accept current NHS fees.  The choices open …

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Today the NHS celebrated its 63rd birthday. The NHS opened it’s doors to the British public on July 5th 1948 on the premise that good healthcare would be made available for all, regardless of wealth and class.
The service was launched by Health secretary Aneurin Bevan at Park hospital in Manchester. It was the first time that multiple health services including, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists were combined under one roof and fee at the point of delivery, as it is today.
However, those opposed to the recent attempts at NHS reform …

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Approximately a third of all hospital trusts are not meeting the eighteen week deadline for treating patients following referral.
More than a quarter of patients in the worst performing area, Hastings and Rother in Sussex, wait longer than 18 weeks for treatment and over the last 12 months, the number of trusts with this problem has doubled, which has led to calls for hospital closures.
Peter Carter, head of the Royal College of Nursing, said of the situation, “In our metropolitan areas we have far too many acute hospitals. That’s a drain …

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Following the horrific Panorama underground investigation into the patient abuse at a mental-health hospital close to Bristol, it’s clear that despite staff tip-offs and investigations the system woefully failed these vulnerable patients.
But how easy is it to blow the whistle on unethical practices in the NHS?  In theory it all sounds very simple, and most PCT’s have guidelines in place as to how to go about this.  Indeed, in his first major speech last year Andrew Lansley stated, “NHS staff need to be free to raise concerns and shielded from …

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NHS Reforms and What They Mean to YouSome of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms are already being implemented across the country. The head of a doctors’ group said that new GP consortium’s have taken over from managers across the country, and are attempting to save money improve patient care by reducing pressure on hospitals.
These changes have been bitterly criticised by health professionals and MPs who fear it could lead to ‘back door privatisation’, hence the Prime Minister has ‘paused’ the passing of the bill.
Dr John Lister, director of the London Health …

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 A recent inspection of 12 hospitals by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that some elderly patients are not receiving the most basic of health care whilst in hospital.
The CQC found that of the 12 hospitals, care in three was so bad it was unlawful. The most serious of failings were identified at Alexandra Hospital, Worcestershire where meals were left at bedsides whilst patients were asleep or not sitting in a position so as to be able to eat. In some cases, patients resorted to using their fingers as …

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After months of objections from politicians and charities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday confirmed that the cancer networks, which help aid Primary Care Trusts in the treatment of cancer patients, will be safe when reforms are put into place. Until now Lansley had made clear that it would be up to the proposed GP consortiums as to which services would receive funding, but last night he announced that the government, “will fund and support cancer networks in 2012-13, (and) the NHS commissioning board will thereafter continue to support strengthened cancer …

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has threatened to veto plans for NHS reform unless they are altered. After their astonishing landslide in the recent elections, Nick Clegg intends to act on pleas to give the Liberal Democrats more say within government stating, “the message I’ve heard on the doorstep is people want to hear a louder Liberal Democrat voice in Government. It’s already very loud inside Government, we’ve got to make sure that people hear it outside Government.”
Clegg made clear his first battle will be over Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s …