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 The Department of Health (DH) aim to create a group that will aid in reducing the £300m which is wasted on unused medicines each year throughout the NHS.
The DH has estimated that medicine wastage accounts for £300m of NHS spending every year, around half of which, they suggest, is avoidable. Furthermore, another £500m is wasted because patients do not take medicines properly and therefore do not get the full benefits of them.
Robert Johnstone, a trustee of health and social care charity National Voices, and Rob Darracott, chief executive of community …

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Over 2000 children have had treatment for eating disorders since 2008 according to figures released today.
Statistics showed that almost 600 under 13’s were admitted to hospital in England. This figure includes 197 aged between five and nine and 98 between five and seven years of age. Almost 1500 were aged between 13 and 15.
A study by University College London’s institute for Child Health also revealed that nearly 3 in every 100 000 children in the UK have some sort of eating disorder.
The research findings released last October showed that one …

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Three patient deaths that have occurred in the Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport are now being investigated by police after a nurse called attention to irregularities in the levels of blood sugar found in several patients.
It is understood that three people have died – two men aged 84 and 71 and a 44 year old woman. The nurse, understood to hold a senior role, raised the alarm when she noticed that a disproportionate number of people on the ward had blood sugar levels that were far lower than normal. Upon …

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MacMillan Cancer Support has spoken up at the shocking rise in cancer cases over the previous decade.  Diagnosed cases of cancer in the UK have risen 35 per cent, from 1.5 million in 1998 to over 2 million in 2008.
The rates of cancer are increasing so rapidly that four in ten people will develop cancer at some stage in their lives.  Of these, 64 per cent will die from the disease.
This trend is set to continue and it’s believed that over the next twenty years this number will rise …

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MP’s have suggested that a quarter of beds in hospitals are taken up by people with degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
They say that at least 10% of beds occupied in acute trusts could be removed and the money saved be put back into improving the quality of life of sufferers within their home.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, agreed, “The reality is, money is not being spent in the best way and NHS bosses must find a way to change this.
“Most people with dementia want to be in …

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The Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, has laid down a stark warning about the role of politicians concerning the reform of the NHS. He was speaking about the prospect of having to make £20 billion worth of changes to the National Health Service. He said that all politicians from all parties needed to support the changes and provide a clear message to the public about what the changes might mean for them.
“Some parts of the NHS will not do everything in the future,” Sir Nicholson said. He …

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The Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has issued a stark warning over the security of patient records and data, after a range of incidents resulting in lost confidential data.
The Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, has been called to a meeting with Mr Graham to focus on finding ways to eradicate the problem. Mr Graham has already stated that fines of as much as half a million pounds will be imposed on hospitals and trusts that lose patient information.
Christopher Graham has said that “the health service holds some of …

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The chief executive of the NHS in the South West, Sir Ian Carruthers, has asked NHS staff for their input and ideas on how the National Health Service can be improved. He wrote an open letter to everyone working in the NHS – not just those in the South West region – in the hope that it would invite good ideas and suggestions to be submitted.
Sir Ian Carruthers is conducting a review on NHS practices for the coalition government. The period for responses to be received lasts until the 31st …

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NHS reforms could create the “greatest quango in the sky” unless GP’s are quick to take on the responsibility for commissioning care for their patients, according to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS.
Now that the 2013 deadline for GP take over of commissioning has been relaxed, there are growing concerns that many localities will be in a continual state of planning which could affect patient care.
Sir David writes that reforms could result in the continuing “planning blight” that has affected the health service since changes were announced. “This …

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The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been outed from the government’s advisory service despite a successful 40 year track record and has been replaced by the controversial anti-abortion group Life.
Alongside a re-shuffle of the organisations involved, the government has also replaced it’s Independent Advisory Group with the new Sexual Health Forum with an aim to advise the government on matters of sexual health.
Stuart Cowie, Head of Education for Life, expressed his delight at being invited to the forum adding that Life, “represent(s) views that have not always been around …