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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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In a blow for patients who are suffering from an advanced form of skin cancer, it has been announced that a new drug capable of treating it will not be made available on the NHS.
The drug is called ipilimumab and it has already been used in clinical trials. But it has a price tag of £80,000 for every patient treated with the drug. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (otherwise known as NICE) has issued guidance recommending that the NHS does not use the treatment. Furthermore the clinical …

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As summer draws to a close and thoughts head towards the long winter months ahead, health ministers are urging people in the ‘at risk’ group not to forget their influenza vaccinations.
Last year saw a high number of people contract flu – an illness which can prove fatal for the elderly, very young, expectant mothers and those with underlying medical conditions.  This group are routinely offered the flu jab every year from their GP.  Ministers are hopeful that if as many people as possible take advantage of the vaccination, a similar …

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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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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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GP’s and hospitals are putting patients at risk by failing to act on mandatory NHS safety alerts, some of which are urgent.
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) sends out these alerts after mistakes have come to light across the country in a bid to stop the same mistakes happening again.
However, the patient support organisation, Action against Medical Accidents has warned that not all departments are complying with these alerts and no trust has taken all of the necessary action required by the NPSA over the last 12 months.
Peter Walsh, chief …

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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 …

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NHS trusts are delaying non-urgent operations – for the simple reason that this cuts waiting lists because patients either die whilst waiting or choose to pay for the operation to be done privately.
This callous attempt to save money sees NHS managers deliberately causing delays of up to four months in the hope that they’ll ‘remove themselves from the waiting list’ in one way or the other.
In an official report by the independent watchdog, Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), who advises the NHS, it has been shown that NHS trust managers …

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After months of objections from politicians and charities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday confirmed that the cancer networks, which help aid Primary Care Trusts in the treatment of cancer patients, will be safe when reforms are put into place. Until now Lansley had made clear that it would be up to the proposed GP consortiums as to which services would receive funding, but last night he announced that the government, “will fund and support cancer networks in 2012-13, (and) the NHS commissioning board will thereafter continue to support strengthened cancer …

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A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has lambasted the ill-fated NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).  In the past 10 years, £6.4 billion has been spent and another £5 billion is due to be invested with still no immediate hope of seeing implementation of the fully integrated, nationwide patient records system.
The patient administration software – known as ‘Lorenzo,’ is due to be delivered to 4,715 NHS organizations.  So far, only 1,518 have received it.  IT services giant CSC took over the contract when it acquired troubled firm iSoft …