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Blocking Breast Cancer Drug A 'Major Blow'

Blocking Breast Cancer Drug A 'Major Blow'

Moves to block a new breast cancer drug which extends women's lives by almost six months have been described as a "major blow…

  • Acute Kidney Injury Killing 1,000 NHS Patients Every Month, Claims AKI Repo …
    Acute Kidney Injury Killing 1,000 NHS Patients Every Month, Claims AKI Repo … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    At least 1,000 people are dying each month from kidney problems in hospitals because of a lack of basic care. Known as 'Acute Kidney Injury,' the problem comes from patients becoming dangerously dehydrated while they are already vulnerable. The total cost of treating AKI is £1bn every year - more than is spent on treating breast, lung and bowel cancer combined. Report co-author Marion Kerr, a health economist at Insight Health Economics, said: "Every day, more than 30 people are dying needlessly. More »

  • Savile Compensation Adverts In Newspapers
    Savile Compensation Adverts In Newspapers Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Advertisements informing people who claim they were sexually abused by TV presenter Jimmy Savile how to apply for compensation have been published in national newspapers. The compensation scheme was approved after a High Court ruling in February. Mr Justice Sales approved the scheme after an agreement was reached between the executor of Savile's estate, NatWest, alleged victims' lawyers, the NHS and the BBC. More »

  • Warning over hospital kidney deaths
    Warning over hospital kidney deaths Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    At least 1,000 hospital patients in England die each month from avoidable kidney problems, according to a new study commissioned by the NHS. More »

  • Tuesday's National Newspaper Front Pages
    Tuesday's National Newspaper Front Pages Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Patient care in Britain's hospitals, the debate over fracking and Gordon Brown's speech on Scotland's referendum all feature on the front pages of Tuesday's newspapers. The Daily Telegraph reports on a new NHS study which found at least 1,000 patients are dying from kidney failure linked to dehydration and poor care. Ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown will highlight Scotland's age "timebomb" as he joins the campaign to persuade the country to remain in the UK, according to the Guardian. Borrowers will face tough new questioning when they apply for a mortgage under reforms ordered by the Financial Conduct Authority, says the Daily Mail. More »

  • Surgeon urges transparency campaign
    Surgeon urges transparency campaign Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    One of the UK's top surgeons has called for annual public events to become a requirement for all clinicians in the NHS. More »

  • Doctor 'vindicated' by tribunal
    Doctor 'vindicated' by tribunal Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A heart doctor who turned whistleblower to expose NHS safety fears said he felt "vindicated" after winning an unfair dismissal case following a prolonged dispute with hospital bosses. More »

  • Call on foreign doctor standards
    Call on foreign doctor standards Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Foreign doctors who want to work for the NHS should face tougher tests in line with the standards of UK-trained doctors, a study has said. More »

  • Friday's National Newspaper Front Pages
    Friday's National Newspaper Front Pages Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Abu Hamza, foreign doctors lacking the skills to work in the NHS and Peaches Geldof all feature on the front of Friday's papers. The Daily Telegraph and The Times lead on the foreign doctors story, while the Express has revelations about Abu Hamza from a courtroom in New York. The Daily Star says Peaches Geldof will have her ashes scattered at the same spot as her mum. Elsewhere, both The Independent and its sister paper i claim new City minister Andrea Leadsom used controversial trusts to lessen her tax obligations. More »

  • Cancer Patients To Test Personalised Drugs
    Cancer Patients To Test Personalised Drugs Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A unique new trial could bring hope to thousands of lung cancer patients in the UK by targeting their tumours with more personalised medication. Cancer Research UK is teaming up with pharmaceutical companies and the NHS to launch the "National Lung Matrix" trial this summer. The patient could then be given the opportunity to try out a specific drug designed to target their type of cancer. Speaking to Sky News, Professor Peter Johnson, Chief Clinician for Cancer Research UK, said the amazing advancements in molecular testing mean we now know a lot more about how different types of cancer develop. More »

  • High infection rates 'unacceptable'
    High infection rates 'unacceptable' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The number of patients getting an infection while receiving NHS care is "unacceptably high", health officials have warned. More »

  • Crohn's Sufferer Loses Fertility Funding Fight
    Crohn's Sufferer Loses Fertility Funding Fight Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A Crohn's disease sufferer has lost a High Court challenge to win funding for her eggs to be frozen before she has chemotherapy. Elizabeth Rose, 25, from Margate in Kent, had claimed it was "unlawful" for Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group to refuse to provide NHS-funded fertility preservation treatment for her. Miss Rose, an artist, believes the "imminent" bone marrow transplantation and chemotherapy treatment she faces will leave her infertile. Although chemotherapy is usually used to treat cancer, it can also be used to treat Crohn's disease and some other chronic conditions. More »

  • 'Spray-on skin' hope for burns
    'Spray-on skin' hope for burns Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Health officials are considering introducing "spray-on skin" as a treatment for NHS burn patients. More »

  • NHS 'used as political football'
    NHS 'used as political football' Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The NHS is "too often" being used as a political football, health leaders have claimed. More »

  • Woman plans last-ditch egg cash bid
    Woman plans last-ditch egg cash bid Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A Crohn's disease sufferer is to make a last-ditch bid for NHS funding for her eggs to be frozen before she undergoes chemotherapy. More »

  • Anaemia hope for cancer patients
    Anaemia hope for cancer patients Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Cancer patients who develop anaemia due to their chemotherapy could soon be given fresh hope if new treatments are approved for widespread NHS use. More »

  • NHS Faces Strike Threat as 460,000 Healthcare Staff to be Balloted
    NHS Faces Strike Threat as 460,000 Healthcare Staff to be Balloted Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Hundreds and thousands of healthcare workers in the UK, including nurses and paramedics, are to be balloted for a strike over pay. According to the trade union Unison, the 460,000 employees are angry at the government's decision to increase pay by 1% – below Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation of 1.6%. "Demand for NHS services is increasing and funding has been cut - regardless of what the Westminster Government says – you know the reality of this and they want you and our members to make up the shortfall by cutting pay and conditions," said Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health. The union also claimed that the value of health workers' pay has fallen between 10 -14% since the Coalition Government came to power in May 2010. More »

  • NHS staff to vote on pay row action
    NHS staff to vote on pay row action Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Hundreds of thousands of health workers are to be balloted for strikes and other forms of industrial action in a bitter dispute with the Government over pay. More »

  • NHS 'faces cuts over lack of funds'
    NHS 'faces cuts over lack of funds' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    More money must be ploughed into the NHS or there could be "significant cuts to services", a health charity has warned. More »

  • PM blasts Labour over Wales NHS
    PM blasts Labour over Wales NHS Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron stuck the knife into Labour after saying its handling of Wales' NHS had turned the Welsh border into a dividing "line of life and death". More »

  • HIV Fears Over Increase In Steroid Injections
    HIV Fears Over Increase In Steroid Injections Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The number of people who inject themselves with steroids to "bulk up" is rising so fast that drug services risk being left behind, health experts warn. Conservative estimates by the Home Office suggest around 60,000 people aged between 16 and 59 in England and Wales have injected anabolic steroids in the last year. And one health worker told Sky News he was seeing "at least" seven new users every week - on top of his existing workload. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says in new NHS guidance that drug services should set up clinics in gyms to reach mainly young men who are injecting steroids. More »

  • Thieves Steal Toys Worth Thousands of Pounds from Sick Children at Great Ormond …
    Thieves Steal Toys Worth Thousands of Pounds from Sick Children at Great Ormond … Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Sickening thieves have stolen toys and gadgets worth thousands of pounds from ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Gadgets include a Nintendo Wii, iPads, board games, phones, shoes, and cash – even nurses' uniforms. A Freedom of Information request revealed other stolen items. A spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust said: "Our hospital is a busy public space with hundreds of visitors every day and, like many public areas, opportunist thefts of personal items sometimes occur. More »

  • Farewell to XP, hello to charge of the hack attacks?
    Farewell to XP, hello to charge of the hack attacks? Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    On the same day Microsoft releases a much-requested update for Windows 8.1, it will also cease support for Windows XP. For example, it is said that 85 per cent of NHS computers in the UK still run on Windows XP. Almost 95 per cent of the world's cash machines also run on Windows XP, which has prompted major banks to pay Microsoft for additional support while they switch their systems to later versions of Windows. And the UK government is paying £5.5 million to Microsoft to continue to provide regular support for the public sector machines in the country for the next year. More »

  • UK Prison Chief Urges Investigation After Spike in Jail Suicides
    UK Prison Chief Urges Investigation After Spike in Jail Suicides Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Nick Hardwick said that unless action is taken, the prison service could face a scandal on the scale of that faced by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where poor care was held to be responsible for patient deaths. More »

  • Do Not Get Sick, Top Doctor Warns Patients
    Do Not Get Sick, Top Doctor Warns Patients Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians , told Sky News a funding crisis is putting doctors under so much pressure it is putting patients at risk. When asked where things were headed, Sir Richard said: "I'd rather not think about it. Sir Richard told Sunrise the NHS is "between a rock and a hard place", having to cope with an increasing population at the same time there is a shortage of doctors and nurses. Sir Richard added: "If you're not able to give an optimum time to looking after patients, the right number of staff looking after them, there must be some damage." More »

  • A&E Patients On Trolleys For Four Hours
    A&E Patients On Trolleys For Four Hours Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The number of patients waiting at least four hours for treatment in major A&E units has reached a 10-year high, according to new annual figures. Labour said it was the "worst year in a decade in A&E". The Government insisted performance targets are being met, despite almost four million more people going to A&E than 10 years ago. He said: "David Cameron promised he'd protect the NHS, but he wasted billions on an unnecessary re-organisation, inflicted deep cuts on social care and made it harder to see a GP - all the ingredients for the current pressures in A&E." More »

  • Skills Shortage Threatens UK Public Sector Reforms Workers Warn
    Skills Shortage Threatens UK Public Sector Reforms Workers Warn Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The majority of public sector workers in the UK believe reforms to state funded organisations will be badly hindered because of a skills shortage. According to research from totaljobs.com and Dods Research, which questioned 1,619 public sector staff from central government, local government and the health sector, almost two in ten (16%) of the respondents think that the reforms will fail altogether – and one in 10 said they will be delayed. The research also revealed that more than half (56%) of the respondents believe public sector reforms will not be carried out effectively due to a skills shortage. "The past three years have been a tumultuous time for those in the public sector, with huge cuts and reforms by Whitehall affecting everyone in local government, central government and the NHS," said Mike Fetters, public sector director at totaljobs.com. More »

  • Ketamine, LSD, Magic Mushrooms and Ecstasy: The Illegal Drugs Which Can be Good …
    Ketamine, LSD, Magic Mushrooms and Ecstasy: The Illegal Drugs Which Can be Good … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Ketamine, the horse tranquilizer which is also a popular party drug, could be used to treat people who have been suffering from long term depression, according a study. Researchers at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford said they noticed a "remarkable" change in people suffering treatment-resistant depression once they were given the drug, which has recently been upgraded to Class B. The study showed after the final infusion, eight had responded to the positively treatment, four of whom improved so much they were classed as being in remission from depression. The scientists said with further trials in monitored situations, ketamine could one day be considered a valid treatment for severe depression. More »

  • Firms buying NHS patient data named
    Firms buying NHS patient data named Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Pharmaceutical giants and private health firms are among dozens of companies sold NHS patient data, according to a new report. More »

  • Rave Drug Ketamine 'Can Cure Depression' Scientists Claim
    Rave Drug Ketamine 'Can Cure Depression' Scientists Claim Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The popular party drug ketamine has the potential to cure depression, researchers have said. Scientists at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford have found that ketamine has a rapid ameliorative effect in some patients with severe depression who have not responded to other treatments. Principal investigator Rupert McShane said: "Intravenous ketamine is an inexpensive drug which has a dramatic, but often short-term, effect in some patients whose lives are blighted by chronic severe depression." The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, involved 28 patients with treatment-resistant depression over three weeks. More »

  • More NHS charges 'may be needed'
    More NHS charges 'may be needed' Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    More patient charges may need to be introduced for the NHS alongside an acknowledgement that not all pensioners are "poor", a report has said. More »

  • Ketamine used in depression trial
    Ketamine used in depression trial Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    An illegal dance drug has successfully been used to treat NHS patients with serious depression. More »

  • NHS managers 'share £300,000 rise'
    NHS managers 'share £300,000 rise' Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Ten senior NHS managers have shared more than £300,000 in pay increases without apparently even changing jobs, according to Parliamentary answers received by Labour. More »

  • Stance on Chinese medicine outlined
    Stance on Chinese medicine outlined Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The NHS should examine Chinese medicine if scientific evidence shows it has an impact, Jeremy Hunt said today. More »

  • NHS Squandered £46m on PR and Car Park Attendants, Claims Tax Payers' A …
    NHS Squandered £46m on PR and Car Park Attendants, Claims Tax Payers' A … Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The NHS has wasted at least £46m on needless jobs including spin doctors, an art curator and a car park officer, the Tax Payers' Alliance (TPA) has claimed. It says the NHS had created 1,129 unnecessary jobs in areas such as public relations, the European Union and "green" staff - enough to pay for 1,662 fulltime nurses. The campaign group said between 2002 and 2013, the NHS budget increased from £57bn to more than £105bn but that a large chunk was being thrown at unnecessary jobs. Freedom of Information requests to every NHS organisation in the UK revealed:  More »

  • New NHS chief returns to his roots
    New NHS chief returns to his roots Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The new boss of the NHS has visited a town hospital in the north of England on his first day in the job. More »