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31/07/2009Ban on private transplants
The private transplant of organs from deceased donors is to be banned in the UK. The government has made the move after it was highlighted in the press that foreign patients had been paying for the organs of...
30/07/2009MSP claims Glasgow NHS 'isn't telling the whole story' on superbug deaths
As many as 28 patients are now believed to have been killed by a superbug at a Glasgow NHS hospital, it has been revealed. While it has previously been reported that 18 patients died after contracting...
28/07/2009New inquiry launched into NHS superbug deaths
An investigation into a recent superbug outbreak across NHS hospitals in Northern Ireland has officially started. Between June 2007 and August 2008, an infection outbreak was responsible for around 60 deaths...
28/07/2009NHS to be hit by 'triple whammy' at critical time
Public health service resources could be stretched to breaking point for the duration of the swine flu pandemic as EU regulations on working hours limit the number of doctors and nurses on hand to treat...
28/07/2009Outgoing NHS chief criticises culture of prioritising targets over patient care
National Health Service (NHS) bosses are continuing to put targets ahead of patient safety, an outgoing hospital chief executive has stated. Writing to his constituency MP as he announced his retirement from...
27/07/2009Panic over swine flu could place 'enormous pressure on NHS services'
Levels of healthcare within NHS hospitals could be placed in jeopardy through rising levels of panic over swine flu, the government's health secretary has acknowledged. With growing numbers of cases of the...
27/07/2009Temporary NHS workers 'compromising quality of care'
The widespread use of temporary and agency workers within the NHS could be placing patients at risk, a new report from British academics has warned. According to research carried out by the universities of...
27/07/2009Nottingham NHS trust issues infection warning after 3 deaths confirmed
The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has confirmed that three of its patients died from an infection after undergoing heart surgery last year. With all three of the patients having been in hospital...
27/07/2009Scottish hospital told to say sorry for baby's meningitis death
A hospital in Scotland has been told to apologise to the family of a new-born baby who died after doctors failed to spot the tell-tales signs of meningitis. The three-week-old infant was brought into Stirling...
23/07/2009Scottish NHS 'to blame for patient dying of kidney failure'
An NHS trust in Scotland has been criticised for causing a patient to die through its neglect. The damning judgment on NHS Tayside comes after the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman decided to rule in favour...
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