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  • Crackdown 'hits pregnant migrants'
    Crackdown 'hits pregnant migrants' Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Pregnant migrant women are missing out on pre-birth care on the NHS because health workers are being "asked to play the role of the UK Border Agency", a medical charity has claimed. More »

  • Conservatives pledge 'seven-day NHS' services by 2020
    Conservatives pledge 'seven-day NHS' services by 2020 Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, heading into what is set to be the tightest election in a generation, is expected to lay out plans to extend services available under the National Health Service to seven days a week by 2020. Cameron, who will speak at his Conservative party's conference in Manchester on Saturday, is expected to say more hospitals must provide top-level care at the weekend, starting with emergency care. The announcement follows opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech on Friday, when he put the future of the treasured but expensive state-funded health system at the heart of his campaign to oust Cameron.  Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said the NHS plan to extend weekend services would help cut to help cut mortality rates. Labour Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said Cameron needed to set out clearly how the NHS would be funded. More »

  • May 7 'the social justice election'
    May 7 'the social justice election' Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The general election will be the "social justice election", former prime minister Gordon Brown said as he announced Labour would boost NHS spending in Scotland. More »

  • Labour kicks off election campaign with focus on healthcare
    Labour kicks off election campaign with focus on healthcare Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his bid to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday with a plan to protect the treasured but expensive National Health Service and a swipe at private businesses that profit from the state-funded system. Polls put Labour tied with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives ahead of the May 7 vote. It is set to be the tightest election in decades and the outcome could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence. "With a Labour government, there will be a new double lock to protect our NHS: guaranteeing proper funding and stopping its privatisation." Miliband's appearance followed a televised election contest on Thursday that Cameron was judged to have won, although not by a big margin, a poll showed. More »

  • Miliband vows NHS 'double lock'
    Miliband vows NHS 'double lock' Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Ed Miliband has launched Labour's campaign for the May 7 general election with the promise of a "double lock" to safeguard the future of the NHS. More »

  • Labour puts focus on healthcare at launch of UK election campaign
    Labour puts focus on healthcare at launch of UK election campaign Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his bid to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday, putting the future of the treasured but expensive health system at the heart of his campaign to oust Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.  Polls put Miliband neck and neck with Cameron ahead of what is set to be the tightest election in a generation, the outcome of which could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence.  A day after a poll showed he was bested by Cameron in a live TV contest, Miliband, flanked by senior party members, kicked off his campaign for the May 7 vote with a tub-thumping speech painting his party as the trusted guardian of the National Health Service (NHS). "With a Labour government, there will be a new double lock to protect our NHS: guaranteeing proper funding and stopping its privatisation," he said, drawing cheers from the gathered audience of activists. More »

  • 'Defensive' NHS watchdog slammed
    'Defensive' NHS watchdog slammed Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The NHS ombudsman has been "defensive" and caused "pain" by its reluctance to admit mistakes when investigating patients' complaints, an MPs' report has found. More »

  • Think-tank warning on future of NHS
    Think-tank warning on future of NHS Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The next government will inherit a health service that has run out of money and waiting times for patients are likely to get worse, according to a leading think-tank's review of the NHS under the coalition. More »

  • Victims Angry At Blood Inquiry 'Whitewash'
    Victims Angry At Blood Inquiry 'Whitewash' Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    HIV and hepatitis C sufferers and their relatives have reacted angrily following the publication of a report investigating how they were infected with contaminated blood. The Penrose report followed a public inquiry set up by the Scottish government after hundreds of people - many of whom were haemophiliacs - were given infected blood by the NHS during the 1970s and 1980s. A statement from Lord Penrose - who was not present because he is seriously ill - was read out by the inquiry secretary, Maria McCann, after which several attendees called out "whitewash" to show their disapproval of the findings. Victim Bruce Norval, who explained he was involved throughout the whole process, had read the report in total as well as every piece of evidence, said the report was "a piece of nonsense". More »

  • PM Cameron apologises over infected blood in 70s, 80s
    PM Cameron apologises over infected blood in 70s, 80s Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised on Wednesday to thousands of people who were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C after being treated for unrelated conditions with contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s. Many of those infected were haemophiliacs, or people who required blood transfusions in emergency situations. The blood treatments were provided by the state-run National Health Service (NHS). Cameron was asked about the issue in parliament on Wednesday, at the same time as a public inquiry into HIV and Hepatitis C infections through NHS blood treatments in Scotland published its findings after seven years of work on the issue. More »

  • Infected Blood Donations: Warnings Ignored
    Infected Blood Donations: Warnings Ignored Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    A public inquiry into why thousands of people were infected by contaminated blood donations has found warnings were ignored by the NHS, Sky News has learned. The report, by Lord Penrose, also criticises a medical team in Edinburgh for failing to inform patients they were HIV positive until several years after diagnosis. It was ordered by the Scottish Government and has looked at around 480 Scottish cases. Sky News understands that, following publication of the Penrose inquiry report, the Scottish Government is to issue an apology to those affected. More »

  • David Cameron booed and heckled by pensioners over NHS record at Age UK eve …
    David Cameron booed and heckled by pensioners over NHS record at Age UK eve … Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    David Cameron was met with verbal disdain as he attempted to defend his government's record on the NHS in front of a group of pensioners. Angry attendees at the Age UK conference heckled, jeered and booed the prime minister as he faced awkward questions over nurses' pay and prescription charges. The Tory leader was asked how he would stop NHS nurses from quitting the organisation and take on similar roles as agency staff. "The truth is well-run hospitals will be less reliant on agency staff, and so what we need to do is make sure there are good managers planning for the capacity they need, rather than rushing around hiring agency staff," he said. More »

  • NHS Paid £3,258 For One Doctor's A&E Shift
    NHS Paid £3,258 For One Doctor's A&E Shift Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    An NHS hospital paid more than £3,200 for a locum doctor to cover a single 24-hour A&E shift over the Christmas and New Year crisis, a Sky News investigation has found. Figures obtained by Sky News show that four hospitals paid more than £2,000 for A&E consultants to work a shift, with the highest bill being the £3,258 paid by United Lincolnshire NHS Trust for a doctor to work for 24 hours. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust paid the equivalent of more than £230 an hour for one doctor. At Royal Berkshire, one agency was paid £1,875 for a nurse to work 12 hours on New Year's Day, the equivalent of £156.25 an hour. More »

  • Ed Balls: Mansion Tax Will Save The NHS
    Ed Balls: Mansion Tax Will Save The NHS Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Ed Balls has defended his party's plans for a mansion tax, saying people with the "broadest shoulders" should be asked to pay their fair share "so we can save the NHS". The shadow chancellor said many of the high-value properties were owned by international investors and that provision had been made in the plans to make sure those who had low incomes but had benefited from house-price rises were not unfairly penalised. Mr Balls said he was committed to staying in the EU and that Britain could be influential in Europe and change the way things were working. Mr Balls said the UK did not need to be a part of the Euro to be influential in Europe and that a Government should not play politics with Britain's membership. More »

  • Ashya 'Saved By Therapy Denied By NHS'
    Ashya 'Saved By Therapy Denied By NHS' Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Five-year-old Ashya King's life has been saved by specialist proton beam therapy, not available for him on the NHS, his parents have said. Naghmeh and Brett King, who sparked an international manhunt last summer by removing their son from a UK hospital without medical consent for brain tumour treatment abroad, told The Sun newspaper Ashya was now cancer-free. However, the Czech clinic where Ashya was treated have said there is no guarantee he will not suffer a relapse. Director Iva Tatounova told Sky News: "We haven't seen the scans that you are talking about first of all. More »

  • Fears Raised Over Meningitis Vaccine Delay
    Fears Raised Over Meningitis Vaccine Delay Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    The Government has been accused by a charity of dragging its heels over a new meningitis vaccine that could "save lives now". The Department of Health was told by its immunisation advisory body it should make the new meningitis B vaccination available to children a year ago. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor John Watson, said he hoped a "cost effective price" could be reached quickly but warned that NHS funds must be used "as effectively as possible". Last week health official announced a plan to launch an immunisation programme to protect teenagers against the meningitis W after a sharp increase in cases. More »

  • NHS 'heading downhill' under Tories
    NHS 'heading downhill' under Tories Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Labour has claimed the NHS is "heading downhill" under the Conservatives and more cuts will throw it into crisis as it launched its first poster of the election campaign. More »

  • Council Spending Cuts Spur Saga Health Sale
    Council Spending Cuts Spur Saga Health Sale Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Sky News understands that Saga, the FTSE-100 travel and financial services group for the 'grey market', has appointed Greenhill, an investment bank, to sell the public sector operations of Allied ‎Healthcare. In a statement in January, Saga, which has disappointed investors since floating on the stock market last year, said it would focus on privately-funded homecare where the company has a direct relationship with customers. "As a result, the parts of the Allied Healthcare business focused on local authorities and the NHS do not fit with the Saga business model and the decision has been taken to divest this part of the business," it said. Greenhill is understood to be preparing to begin a formal auction of the assets in the coming weeks, with the outcome of May's General Election‎ likely to have implications for the scale of some aspects of publicly-funded healthcare services. More »

  • NHS manager sent poison pen letters
    NHS manager sent poison pen letters Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A senior NHS manager has been found guilty of sending poison pen letters to a female colleague after she spurned him. More »

  • Taxpayer 'exposed' by NHS franchise
    Taxpayer 'exposed' by NHS franchise Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The failure of a project which saw the first private healthcare operator to run an NHS hospital trust has meant the "taxpayer has been left exposed", a report has warned. More »

  • Farage urges rich to go private
    Farage urges rich to go private Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The increase in the UK's population has made it harder to get a GP appointment, Nigel Farage said as he urged people who could afford to private healthcare not to use the NHS. More »

  • Staff 'played God' with DNR notice
    Staff 'played God' with DNR notice Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    NHS staff "played God" by putting an unrequested do not resuscitate notice on a great-grandfather who died in hospital, a widow has told an inquest. More »

  • More Funds Urged For Struggling New Mums
    More Funds Urged For Struggling New Mums Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    More than one in 10 women suffer from ante or post-natal depression. But research by the parenting charity NCT has found that only 26% of NHS trusts offer them any specialist mental health support. Now 29 organisations have signed the NCT's letter to George Osborne on the weekend of Mother's Day calling for that to change. The organisations include The Royal College of Midwives, the Mental Health Foundation and Netmums. More »

  • Ed Miliband Unveils Labour's Election Pledges
    Ed Miliband Unveils Labour's Election Pledges Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Ed Miliband has unveiled Labour's pledges for the General Election, covering the economy, the NHS, immigration and tuition fees. More »

  • Nigel Farage: The NHS 'Almost Killed Me'
    Nigel Farage: The NHS 'Almost Killed Me' Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Nigel Farage has claimed "incompetence and negligence" by NHS doctors almost killed him when he was suffering from testicular cancer. The UKIP leader criticised the "over-stretched" system's record for diagnosing ailments quickly and accurately - and urged voters to take private healthcare if they can afford it. Mr Farage was only informed that he actually had a tumour after beginning private treatment, and he has since told of being "terrified" at the prospect that secondary tumours had emerged in his stomach and lungs. Despite the misdiagnosis, the 51-year-old conceded that the National Health Service has saved his life twice, and praised it for being "astonishingly good" at emergency critical care. More »

  • Labour To Unveil Key General Election Pledges
    Labour To Unveil Key General Election Pledges Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Ed Miliband is due to launch Labour's General Election pledge card, containing promises on the economy, living standards, the NHS, immigration and tuition fees. More »

  • Farage: NHS 'almost killed me'
    Farage: NHS 'almost killed me' Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Nigel Farage has rounded on the National Health Service claiming it almost killed him and accusing medics of "incompetence and negligence". More »

  • Ukip leader Nigel Farage is desperate to create a green and unpleasant land
    Ukip leader Nigel Farage is desperate to create a green and unpleasant land Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    If we needed further proof of the deep unpleasantness of Ukip Nigel Farage served it up in bucketloads yesterday. Despite some attempts at backtracking, he has maintained he would axe many of our race discrimination laws. It proves just why Ukip is unfit for any form of power in a future legislative assembly. Instead of insinuating that foreign workers, gay people, the disabled or women are to blame (all targets of UKIP attacks and derogatory comments), perhaps Nigel would do well to leave the pub – in which he says he spends five or six hours a day – and focus on great initiatives like the Living Wage campaign or the massive benefit to our economy and NHS that working immigrants bring to the UK. More »

  • A&E Waiting Target Can't Be Met, Officials Admit
    A&E Waiting Target Can't Be Met, Officials Admit Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The NHS cannot meet its A&E waiting time target for 2014/15, the Department of Health has said. The aim is to have 95% of patients waiting four hours or less at accident and emergency departments in England. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said this meant it was not possible for the health service to meet the standard for the fourth quarter of the year - or 2014/15 overall. Figures show there was unprecedented demand on A&E departments over winter. More »

  • A&E wait target missed all winter
    A&E wait target missed all winter Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The NHS has failed to meet its target of 95% of patients waiting four hours or less at A&E departments in England every week of the winter, meaning the average for the whole year will not be met. More »

  • NHS 'heading in wrong direction'
    NHS 'heading in wrong direction' Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Nearly 19,000 patients faced delays of more than six weeks for key tests in January, exceeding the maximum target, according to newly released figures. More »

  • 'Colossal' Tory Cuts Will Hit NHS, Says Balls
    'Colossal' Tory Cuts Will Hit NHS, Says Balls Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The "unprecedented" scale of Tory spending cuts would mean the NHS would end up footing the bill, the shadow chancellor has said. Ed Balls said the Conservatives would take the country back to the 1930s with "colossal" cuts that would amount to £70bn in the next parliament. He said: "Our analysis shows clearly - countries which reduce public spending at the pace George Osborne intends have found they have had no alternative but to cut health spending. In a speech in central London the shadow chancellor warned the cuts would lead to the smallest police force since comparable records began and the smallest Army since Oliver Cromwell's time. More »

  • 'NHS will pay price of Tory cuts'
    'NHS will pay price of Tory cuts' Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The Tories will be forced to cut spending on the National Health Service - or introduce charging - if they are to press ahead with their plans for "colossal" cuts in the next parliament, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has claimed. More »

  • Experimental Lung Cancer Therapy Trial For UK
    Experimental Lung Cancer Therapy Trial For UK Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    An experimental treatment that, in some cases, completely obliterates lung cancer in mice is to be tested on NHS patients later this year. The pioneering combination of stem cells and gene therapy will be first given to human volunteers to confirm it is safe - and then to 56 patients to see if it is effective. If successful, the treatment could dramatically increase survival rates for lung cancer, which kills around 34,000 people a year in the UK. Lead scientist Professor Sam Janes, a Wellcome Trust senior research fellow at University College London, said: "Lung cancer is very difficult to treat because the vast majority of patients are not diagnosed until the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. More »

  • Trust sorry for MEP cremation error
    Trust sorry for MEP cremation error Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    An NHS trust has issued an apology after a mix-up led to the wrong body being cremated at the funeral of a Conservative MEP. More »