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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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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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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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NHS hospitals are finding it hard to maintain quality and avoid significant cuts according to the King’s Fund.
Half of all finance directors surveyed for the latest quarterly report on MHS performance expressed concern over meeting targets over the coming year.
Approximately a quarter of all 29 finance directors were worried that they could end up with a budget deficit for the year whilst struggling to maintain clinical standards.
Professor John Appleby, chief economist at the King’s Fund, added that there should be “significant doubt” over hospitals reaching their set targets.
Sir Richard Thompson, …

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The financial situation imposed on the NHS seems to have had an effect on waiting lists. Recent figures state that more people now have to wait longer to get essential tests performed on the NHS. This comes after the record low that was experienced just last year.
The most telling statistic concerned May’s figures when compared to those issued a year earlier. In May 2010, 3,378 people were waiting for longer than six weeks to have essential tests done. In May 2011 this figure had risen markedly to 15,667. This figure …

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Prime Minister David Cameron had to fend off repeated questioning from the Labour leader Ed Miliband recently, as the latter asked why cancer patients would be “penalised” as part of the welfare reforms taking place. The discussion took place during the regular Prime Minister’s Questions.
Macmillan Cancer Support has already spoken up about its concerns about the welfare reforms and how they will affect cancer patients. The reforms will mean that people will have their benefits means tested after 12 months. This applies to cancer sufferers as well as others, and …