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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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The NHS IT system that was developed while Labour was in power is finally going to be scrapped. The coalition has decided that it is best to get out now and prevent any further funds being lost. The total amount of money wasted – taxpayer’s money – is said to be in the region of £12 billion. Some people think the true cost could be far higher.
The National Audit Office had already reported that it was unwise to pour more money into a scheme that has been beset by delays …

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It’s been a lament echoed by parents over the millennia – that you don’t get taught how to be a parent.  Well, if the latest government plans come to fruition then that might well be a thing of the past.
Prime Minister, David Cameron, has long been arguing that much of the problems in the country are caused by the lack of ability by some parents to bring up children with acceptable moral boundaries.  Further fuelled by last month’s riots, plans are now being drawn up that will allow the NHS …

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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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The Royal College of Midwives have suggested that middle-class parents to be are becoming increasingly likely to pay for ante-natal classes as NHS services are affected by cuts.
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the country’s most popular private provider of ante natal classes, has seen an increase in numbers of almost 100% since 2005. The charity suggests that, on average, almost 10% of first time parents attend a course of NCT classes at a cost of around £187.
Statistics show that 90% of NCT members are within the highest 50% of earners …

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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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The Labour party have accused David Cameron of worsening inequality within the NHS.
Labour say that poorer areas such as Manchester and Liverpool are going to lose funding but affluent areas such as Surrey and Oxfordshire are set to gain money. They also argue that those areas set to gain are predominantly Conservative compared to the Labour dominated North West.
The figures have been brought about due to a significant way in which Primary Care Trusts are allocated resources and the weighting given to “health inequalities.”
By changing the weighting from 15% to …

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One of the main pledges that David Cameron made in his pre-election manifesto last year – a manifesto that eventually got him into 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister – was to increase spending on the NHS. He pledged that the spending would increase in ‘real terms’ every single year.
However figures recently released by the Treasury have revealed that in the very first year of the coalition government, spending on the NHS has dropped. Spending has decreased by £0.8 billion over the twelve month period, leading Labour to criticise …

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The cost of the government’s NHS reforms is rising by £1m a day according to new figures.
In a spreadsheet released by the Department of Health last week, it was revealed that the cost is now set to reach £1.49bn, a rise of £160m since the last estimate 6 months ago.
The health bill has since undergone scrutiny from the future forum, a committee set up to revise and advise on plans after criticism over the range of plans.
Analysis by the Health Service Journal suggests that moving control of budgets to Gps …