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The overstretched NHS has paid out over £25m to accommodate grossly obese patients over the past 5 years, new figures have revealed.
Furthermore, as 23 out of 138 trusts have been asked to disclose their expenditure on specialist equipment, it is expected the true figure may be even higher.
Equipment brought includes reinforced beds, strengthened operating tables, wider stretchers, larger commodes and even bigger fridges for hospital mortuaries that can withhold bodies of up to 50 stone.
Across the country, costs included over £42,000 on seven bigger birthing beds for overweight …

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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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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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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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The Department of Health has released figures that show a shocking increase in the length of time that many people are waiting to be seen in Accident and Emergency departments up and down the country.
The second quarter in 2010 saw 86,626 people having to wait longer than the four hour period that is recommended by government guidelines. This shot up to 165,279 in the same period in 2011. This has worried some who are saying that Andrew Lansley’s decision to get rid of the target for waiting times was the …

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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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The new NHS 111 service is designed to be a port of call for all members of the public when they need medical advice fast in situations that do not require a call to the emergency 999 service. The system is currently being trialled in four areas, including Luton and Nottingham City, but it is expected to be rolled out across the entire country by April 2013.
The Department of Health this week contacted all NHS areas to ask them when they were intending to roll out the NHS 111 service …

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obesity in the uk

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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The Department of Health issued a ‘Dementia Commissioning Pack’ yesterday (Thursday 21/07/11) warning of the dangers of routinely prescribing anti-psychotic drugs to those with dementia.
Thousands of people across the UK are taking a chemical cocktail of drugs – many unnecessarily – that potentially cause health problems that can be fatal.  These drugs can cause other medical conditions to worsen, with the likelihood of a CVA (stroke) being one of the highest risks.  They are also known to speed up the rate of mental decline.
It’s estimated that five people per day …

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The Department of Health has announced a new annual award for ‘distinguished exemplary service’ within the Ambulance Service.  The proposal for the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal (QAM) has been approved by Her Majesty and will be announced twice yearly in both the Queen’s New Year and Birthday Honours Lists starting in 2012.
Services will be able to nominate individuals for the award.  The idea is for the medal to recognise those with an exceptional devotion to their duty, and those who show outstanding ability and merit in their work.
Those eligible for …