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  • Seven confirmed dead after Hawker Hunter jet crashes near Shoreham Airshow
    Seven confirmed dead after Hawker Hunter jet crashes near Shoreham Airshow Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Seven people have died after a Hawker Hunter jet plane crashed onto a busy A-road after performing for festival-goers at the Shoreham Airshow. The South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust confirmed to the BBC that fatalities were declared at the scene and added that another patient with serious life-threatening injuries has been transported to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. A statement by the Shoreham Airshow said: "At about 1.20pm an aircraft hit several cars on the A27 just to the north of Shoreham Airport, where the Shoreham Airshow is taking place. More »

  • Spire Healthcare cuts outlook on hit from NHS funding crunch Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British hospital operator Spire Healthcare Group Plc cut its profit growth guidance for the full year on Friday, blaming a funding crisis in the government-funded National Health Service (NHS) for a drop in referrals to its services. Chief Executive Rob Roger said deficits in some units of the state health provider would result in some near-term weakness in demand over the remainder of this financial year. Rogers said some clinical commissioning groups with which the company worked, particularly those aligned to trusts facing the worst financial positions, had been sending patients to NHS facilities rather than the private sector. More »

  • Review into NHS dentistry access urged as surgeon warns of 'decade of i …
    Review into NHS dentistry access urged as surgeon warns of 'decade of i … Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    New data has revealed a "decade of inertia in access to dentistry" as the latest figures show a drop in the number of people seen by an NHS dentist, a leading dental surgeon has said. More »

  • Polish migrants to strike while others give blood to show their importance to …
    Polish migrants to strike while others give blood to show their importance to … Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The Polish community in the UK is to go on strike and demonstrate at Westminster while others will give blood in order to show how much the country relies on them. More than 1,000 Polish workers are to demonstrate outside Parliament, while 2,300 declared their support for a Facebook and Twitter campaign calling for them to give blood at their nearest NHS clinics. George Byczynski of the British Poles Initiative organised the blood giving campaign on Twitter under the #polishblood hashtag. More »

  • 'Thousands' Denied Life-Extending Cancer Tests
    'Thousands' Denied Life-Extending Cancer Tests Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Thousands of cancer patients in England are missing out on targeted drugs because they are not being offered tests to identify genetic faults underpinning the cause of their cancer, according to a charity. In a new report commissioned by Cancer Research UK, treatment plans of patients with skin, bowel and lung cancer were studied to establish how many were offered molecular testing with a view to determine those eligible for targeted treatment which could prolong their lives. Based on figures obtained from the NHS's molecular diagnostic testing service, the report authors estimate that in 2014, hospitals in England failed to carry out 24,000 diagnostic tests. More »

  • E-cigarettes should be prescribed to smokers on NHS: study
    E-cigarettes should be prescribed to smokers on NHS: study Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    E-cigarettes should be prescribed to smokers on the National Health Service to help them quit the habit, British public health experts recommended in a study published on Wednesday. More »

  • Call For E-Cigarettes To Be Prescribed On NHS
    Call For E-Cigarettes To Be Prescribed On NHS Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health, says new research has found smokers who switch to e-cigarettes from traditional tobacco products remove almost all of the risks. Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and well-being at PHE, said people who use e-cigarettes to help them to quit smoking would see the best results if it is done in conjunction with other stop-smoking services. Prof Fenton added: "At the moment there are no licensed products that can be used for medicinal purposes and that's one of the reasons why we are very supportive of the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) looking at the pathway for ensuring that there are safe and regulated e-cigarettes that can be promoted for medicinal purposes. More »

  • Wednesday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • E-cigarettes 'should be prescribed on the NHS to cut smoking-related de …
    E-cigarettes 'should be prescribed on the NHS to cut smoking-related de … Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Government health officials want to see GPs able to prescribe e-cigarettes on the NHS, they said today as they published a review that said vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco. More »

  • Public service failures revealed in ombudsman report
    Public service failures revealed in ombudsman report Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    The cases of three patients whose deaths could have been avoided are among more than 100 examples in a report on public service failures and poor complaint handling in the NHS in England and UK Government departments. More »

  • 'Soft Touch' GPs Give Antibiotics Too Easily
    'Soft Touch' GPs Give Antibiotics Too Easily Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    As many as 10 million prescriptions for antibiotics are handed out each year to patients who don't need them, the NHS medicines watchdog has warned. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), some patients are so determined to be treated with the drugs for minor infections that they will seek out doctors who are a "soft touch" to get hold of them. In new guidance for health professionals, NICE says inappropriate use of antibiotics is causing a rapid growth in superbugs that are resistant to the drugs. More »

  • Diabetes crisis: NHS endangered by 3.3 million UK adults diagnosed with dis …
    Diabetes crisis: NHS endangered by 3.3 million UK adults diagnosed with dis … Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Stark health warnings have been made over the UK's soaring diabetes crisis as the number people living with the condition has risen by 60% over the last ten years, with one million more adults diagnosed since 2005. NHS data shows that there are currently 3,333,069 people diagnosed with diabetes across Britain compared with 2,086,041 in 2005. Diabetes UK compiled the information and estimates that despite the increase, much of the UK's diabetes problem remains hidden. More »

  • Diabetes 'Threatens To Bring Down NHS'
    Diabetes 'Threatens To Bring Down NHS' Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    The number of people with diabetes in the UK has risen by almost 60% in just 10 years, according to figures released by Diabetes UK. Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: "Over the past decade, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has increased by over 1 million people, which is the equivalent of the population of a small country such as Cyprus. "With a record number of people now living with diabetes in the UK, there is no time to waste - the Government must act now. More »

  • Big rise in diabetes threatens to bankrupt NHS, says charity
    Big rise in diabetes threatens to bankrupt NHS, says charity Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Diabetes "threatens to bring down the NHS", Diabetes UK has warned. More »

  • Injured Troops Say NHS Is Letting Them Down
    Injured Troops Say NHS Is Letting Them Down Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    Some of the UK's most severely wounded soldiers and marines say the NHS is letting them down now that they have left the military. A group of around 160 servicemen who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and lost at least one leg, amputated above the knee, say that prosthetic limb expertise in this country is not as good as that available in the US and in some cases amounts to "physical abuse". A new report, written by a former Royal Marine Captain, Jon White, who lost both legs and an arm in an IED strike in Afghanistan, highlights the patchy nature of NHS provision for former soldiers like him. More »

  • Prime Minister Cameron suffers swimmer's ear on holiday
    Prime Minister Cameron suffers swimmer's ear on holiday Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    David Cameron had to seek medical treatment for a case of swimmer's ear summer holiday in Portugal. Otitis – also known as "swimmer's ear" – a painful condition that causes inflammation, redness and swelling of the external ear canal, according to the NHS. It's called "swimmer's ear" because it is often the result of repeated exposure to water, which makes the ear canal more vulnerable to inflammation. More »

  • Some trusts missing breast cancer treatment waiting time target
    Some trusts missing breast cancer treatment waiting time target Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Some breast cancer patients are having to wait longer than they should to be referred to a consultant, according to figures from NHS England which show several missed targets. More »

  • NHS 'should use more technology to aid patients'
    NHS 'should use more technology to aid patients' Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Most people think the NHS should be using more technology to increase efficiency and benefit patients. More »

  • Dogs To Sniff Out Cancer In NHS Trial
    Dogs To Sniff Out Cancer In NHS Trial Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Dogs are to be used to sniff out cancer in a trial by the NHS to see if they are more reliable than traditional tests. The specially trained animals will help to detect prostate cancer after a study showed they were able to spot the signs in 93% of cases. The Medical Detection Dogs will work at Milton Keynes University Hospital where they will test urine to establish whether men should be referred for a biopsy. More »

  • Cancer-sniffing dogs approved for NHS trial
    Cancer-sniffing dogs approved for NHS trial Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Dogs capable of sniffing out cancer have been approved for use in a trial by the NHS. More »

  • UK water bug warning: what is cryptosporidium parasite?
    UK water bug warning: what is cryptosporidium parasite? Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    What is cryptosporidium?According to the NHS website, cryptosporidium is "a parasite found in soil, food and water that has been contaminated with animal or human faeces". More »

  • Internet handwashing programme could cut spread of colds
    Internet handwashing programme could cut spread of colds Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    The spread of colds and other viruses could be slowed and winter pressures on the NHS reduced if people used a simple internet programme designed to encourage handwashing, according to a survey. More »

  • Drug Firms Accused Of 'Unfair' Charge To NHS
    Drug Firms Accused Of 'Unfair' Charge To NHS Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    A UK regulator has accused two companies of breaching competition laws by ramping up the price of a key epilepsy drug, at a cost of millions to the NHS. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) alleged in a so-called Statement of Objections notice that Pfizer and Flynn Pharma, which distributed the product, abused a dominant position by charging "excessive and unfair" prices for phenytoin sodium capsules. Pfizer, a US drug-maker perhaps best known in the UK for its failed attempt to take over UK rival AstraZeneca last year , used to market the medicine itself under the brand name Epanutin but sold the rights to Flynn in September 2012. More »

  • Number working nights rises to 3m as unions warn of impact on families
    Number working nights rises to 3m as unions warn of impact on families Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The number of people working nights has increased to more than three million since the recession and is set to rise further because of plans to extend services and the NHS, according to a new report. More »

  • NHS trusts ordered to save cash as deficit balloons to £349m
    NHS trusts ordered to save cash as deficit balloons to £349m Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    NHS foundation trusts have been ordered to "leave no stone unturned" as they try to save money to turn their huge deficit around. More »

  • Major Incident As Power Cut Hits Hospital
    Major Incident As Power Cut Hits Hospital Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital has declared a major incident and A&E has been partly closed because of a power cut. The hospital remains under "extreme pressure" following a power cut and what was described as an "isolated fire" on Thursday. Mary Sherry, chief operating officer for Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We have completed all necessary patient moves within the hospital due to Thursday's power outage, resulting in 89 patients safely moved from Battle Block. More »

  • Rise in day surgery 'has saved NHS £2 billion'
    Rise in day surgery 'has saved NHS £2 billion' Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The increase in the NHS carrying out operations as day surgery has saved around £2 billion, according to the chief economist of a leading think tank. More »

  • New NHS guidance on end-of life treatment after Liverpool Care Pathway with …
    New NHS guidance on end-of life treatment after Liverpool Care Pathway with … Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Decisions on when patients are reaching the end of their life should be taken by a number of health experts rather than relying on the medical opinion of just one doctor, according to new guidance from health officials. More »

  • NHS 'Morally Wrong' Over Cure For Hepatitis C
    NHS 'Morally Wrong' Over Cure For Hepatitis C Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NHS England has been branded "morally wrong" by a sexual health charity for not curing hepatitis C patients with an expensive new drug, until their illness has reached a chronic stage. The Terrence Higgins Trust says new treatments that can cure the disease within 12 weeks are only being prescribed to patients who have developed liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Dr Shaun Griffin from the charity told Sky News: "It's about £50,000 for a course of treatment – but the cost shouldn't come into it because it's a cure. More »

  • Andy Burnham: Modern Labour could not have created NHS
    Andy Burnham: Modern Labour could not have created NHS Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Today's Labour politicians could not have created the NHS because they do not have the courage for big ideas, leadership hopeful Andy Burnham will say in a campaign speech. More »

  • NHS Data Sharing Trial Begins Amid Concerns
    NHS Data Sharing Trial Begins Amid Concerns Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    A NHS scheme which aims to share health and social care data begins in Southend today amid concerns from some campaigners over patients' privacy. The trial scheme aims to link patients' health and social care records, with the NHS saying it will allow health workers to develop a single package of care for people with multiple needs. "But this approach is not about improving patient care, or even making patient care stable. More »

  • Seven-day NHS service plan must prioritise emergency care, BMA says
    Seven-day NHS service plan must prioritise emergency care, BMA says Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Priority must be given to urgent and emergency care in plans to boost seven-day hospital services, doctors' leaders have said. More »

  • £1.8bn 'Wasted' On NHS Redundancy Payments
    £1.8bn 'Wasted' On NHS Redundancy Payments Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Department of Health has been accused of "spending money like confetti" on NHS redundancy payments. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham told Sky News: "Today the figures hit a new high - £1.8bn wasted. The Government has pledged to cap public sector redundancy payments at £95,000 - but the figures show, in the last five years, over 3,000 staff received more than £100,000. More »

  • New 999 System Cuts Wasted Ambulance Journeys
    New 999 System Cuts Wasted Ambulance Journeys Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A controversial pilot scheme in which an ambulance response is put on hold while 999 call handlers judge the urgency of the problem is to be rolled out further, Sky News has learnt. Tests of the system carried out in London and southwest England have proved so successful that NHS England will announce shortly that other ambulance services will be asked to take part. Under the Dispatch on Disposition scheme, call handlers are given an extra two minutes to triage patients with serious but not life-threatening problems - and assess whether they need a blue-light response. More »

  • Claims that NHS chiefs are paid by drugs companies triggers investigation
    Claims that NHS chiefs are paid by drugs companies triggers investigation Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NHS bosses are being paid thousands of pounds and taken on luxury trips by drugs companies lobbying for the health service to switch to their products , it has been claimed. More »