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In a blow for patients who are suffering from an advanced form of skin cancer, it has been announced that a new drug capable of treating it will not be made available on the NHS.
The drug is called ipilimumab and it has already been used in clinical trials. But it has a price tag of £80,000 for every patient treated with the drug. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (otherwise known as NICE) has issued guidance recommending that the NHS does not use the treatment. Furthermore the clinical …

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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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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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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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The Rarer Cancers foundation (RCF) have discovered that cancer patients in England are increasingly more likely to access effective drugs than those in Wales or Scotland.
Having reviewed statistics from health trusts across England, the RCF claim there is a “devastating divide” across the UK in how successful patients are in receiving drugs that have been approved by the government run cancer drugs fund.
The cancer drugs fund had been set up so that patients could be given access to drugs that were doctor approved but had not been released for national …

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Over 30,000 people every month are having to make a second visit to A&E, having being seen and discharged the previous week, statistics have shown.
The Department of Health released figures on Friday which suggested 1 in 13 attendances to A&E are re-attendances, where as guidelines state re-attendances should only account for one in twenty visits.
What’s more, 120 out of 178 trusts did not meet the goal of seeing 95% of attendees within 15 minutes for an initial assessment and almost 50% of trusts failed to treat patients within 60 minutes.
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GP’s and hospitals are putting patients at risk by failing to act on mandatory NHS safety alerts, some of which are urgent.
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) sends out these alerts after mistakes have come to light across the country in a bid to stop the same mistakes happening again.
However, the patient support organisation, Action against Medical Accidents has warned that not all departments are complying with these alerts and no trust has taken all of the necessary action required by the NPSA over the last 12 months.
Peter Walsh, chief …

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According to the most recent statistics released by the NHS Information Centre, the number of cases where people are admitted to hospital after having been bitten by a dog are on the rise.
The latest figures run from May 2010 to April 2011, and they reveal that there has been an increase of five per cent during that time compared with the same period the year before. From May 2009 to April 2010 a total of 5,810 people were admitted for treatment following a dog bite. This went up to 6,120 …

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Non-venomous insect bites have soared this year, with many people suffering from infection caused by bug bites.
Official NHS figures show that in the past 12 months, 3,619 people have been treated for infected bites caused by bedbugs, fleas or mosquitoes.  The worst hit area is the north west of England, who has reported 574 people with infected bites.  The north east has reported a lower figure of only 133.  The total figure represents a 19 percent increase on the previous year.
The majority of those affected are the elderly.  In a …

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Bupa has criticised the government’s lack of policy on care homes around the UK.
Ray King, chief executive of Bupa has suggested that the care home sector is heading into a crisis because of a dire lack of funds from the government.
He called on the government to, “address the chronic underfunding of care,” otherwise the closure of private care homes will create a crisis of “bed blocking” across the NHS.
Mr King suggested that the number of care home places in the UK will spirall unless operators get “fairer fees.”
Bupa itself recently …