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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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A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the care of elderly patients at 100 hospitals nationwide has shown that 1 in 5 is breaking the law.  The damning report goes onto say that 40 out of the 100 were also flagged as having ‘minor to moderate’ concerns about their treatment of some of society’s most vulnerable patients.
Chairman of the CQC, Dame Jo Williams, said that inspectors were far too often witnessing care treated as a chore, rather than with the compassion it should be carried out with.
For example, one inspector …

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Plans to tighten rules on the English language skills of European doctors have been welcomed throughout the profession.
Under current rules the General Medical Council (GMC) is unable to test the language and communication skills of doctors coming from Europe to practice in the UK. This can only be done by individual NHS employers.
However, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced that the GMC will be allocated powers that will allow them to take necessary action against anyone with concerning communication skills.
What’s more, NHS bodies will have …

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The latest figures reveal that mixed sex wards are gradually slipping into oblivion. The number of patients who have been housed on a mixed sex ward fell to their lowest ever level last month. According to research just 1126 people were on mixed sex wards during August. This is a stark contrast when compared to the 11,000+ patients who were sleeping on these wards last December. The situation appears to have made a remarkable recovery in just eight or nine months.
The health secretary Andrew Lansley has hailed the figures a …

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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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Andrew Lansley, the government’s Health Secretary, has made it clear that he wants to practically halve the amount of cash that goes on managers in the NHS. This is due to take place over a four year period.
But the most recent figures to be released show that a massive amount is still being shelled out to headhunt managers for the NHS. A whopping £16 million is being given out to recruitment firms to find the best staff for various managerial roles. The most reported example of such headhunting involved a …

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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 NHS is one of the most cost effective health services in the developed world according to a study.
The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, suggests that the only country, within the last 25 years, that saves more lives for all money spent as a proportion of national wealth is Ireland. Amongst the 17 countries studies, the US healthcare system ranked among the least effective.
The researchers suggest that these findings contrast suggestions by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley that the NHS requires competition to become more …

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MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureu) cases are now at a record low – according to the latest data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
25 acute NHS trusts have now been free from any outbreaks of the superbug MRSA for the past twelve months.  Taking all the NHS trusts in England into account, there were less than 100 infections reported in any given month of last year.
Incidents of another superbug, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) are also down by 16 per cent from the previous year – from 2,001 to 1,681 across England’s …