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Following an undercover investigation into both NHS and private dentist treatment, it appears both are failing to give patients the treatment they deserve.
In the case of NHS dentists, they are paid on a three-fold scale.  Because of this, some dentists are routinely opting for less time-consuming tooth extractions, as opposed to more lengthy treatment such as root canals.  And although it is good practice to give patients advice on oral care, many NHS dentists are failing because they are not paid to do so.
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Over half of special care baby units In England do not even meet minimum government standards according to a survey by the charity Bliss.
The charity, fund-raisers for specialist care for babies, found that cuts in staffing levels in over 30% of the country’s 172 neonatal care units was “significantly affecting the care of babies.”
According to the Department of Health, at least 70% of midwives and nurses working within neonatal settings should be fully qualified in providing specialist care, but over half of units did not reach this target.
What’s more, units …

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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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An NHS trust is advising doctors to refrain from making a referral for investigation for patients suspected of having cancer, unless they can attend their appointment within two weeks.
Government guidelines suggest that patients suspected of having a tumour should have a referral to see a specialist within two weeks and so the move by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will ensure this target will be met.
However, it will also mean that patients could end up waiting longer than necessary to see a specialist.
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Peter Carter, the head of the Royal College of Nursing, has spoken out over the use of untrained healthcare assistants in the NHS. Healthcare assistants are traditionally employed to help with a range of basic tasks. These include helping patients to wash and assisting them with feeding. But Mr Carter says that many of them are relied upon to do a lot more than this – despite the fact they are not trained for many of the jobs they undertake.
“Many hospitals employ healthcare assistants as opposed to registered nurses,” said …

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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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The Department of Health has released information showing that only one in every three staff members working for the NHS are receiving the flu jab each year. Only 30% of nurses received the vaccination last year, prompting concerns that they could be putting patients at risk by not getting the protection they need.
There was a big difference between the number of practice nurses working in GP surgeries who had the jab, and those working in hospitals. A total of 42.5% of practice nurses got the jab, whereas just 30% of …

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Births in England have risen 22 per cent over the past two decades, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).  However, the number of practicing midwives has not increased in the same ratio.
This has led to parts of England having a desperate shortage of midwives to cope with today’s increased number of births.  This, coupled with the fact that many births are becoming increasingly complex due to a greater number older and obese woman needing extra support, means that maternity services in some parts of the country are close …

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The NHS is owed millions of pounds from overseas patients who leave the country before paying up for treatments.
It is suspected that thousands of people flock to Britain every year with the intention of receiving hundreds of pounds worth of NHS treatments, and then leaving without paying.
From 2009-2010 alone, the NHS saw a deficit of £7m, the sole cause being foreigners fleeing the country before paying. In a time when the NHS is already strapped for cash, £7m could have paid for over 300 nurses for a year.
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According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, there have been 4.7% fewer referrals to hospital made by GPs in the three months from April to July than there were for the same months in 2010.
This has led to concern that it may be storing up problems for the future, as fewer people are getting the care they need at an early stage. Outpatient attendances have also been recorded at a lower level, dropping by 2.7% for the same period year on year.
The British Medical Association has …