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20/12/2011RCN calls for mandatory regulation of NHS healthcare assistants
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has stepped up its campaign for mandatory regulation of healthcare assistants in the NHS. More than 2,500 nurses and healthcare assistants have signed a letter to health...
20/12/2011Welsh Government reveals plan to improve cancer treatment in Wales
The Welsh Government released its first official cancer plan yesterday in order to improve treatment rates in Wales. As part of the new scheme called Together Against Cancer, each health board in Wales will...
19/12/2011NHS Alexandra Hospital faces lawsuit for severe patient neglect
An NHS hospital is being threatened with legal action as 23 families come forward with claims of severe neglect. Legal firm Leigh Day & Co, which previously won the largest-ever group claim against...
19/12/2011Genetic test could spare breast cancer patients from chemotherapy
A simple genetic test could spare almost half of women with early stage breast cancer from chemotherapy, says a leading UK breast cancer surgeon. Chemotherapy is often given to breast cancer patients after...
16/12/2011Penicillin doses too low for the heavier children of today
Heavier children need larger doses of penicillin, says a new report in the British Medical Journal. Penicillin doses are currently based on the age of a child with an assumed average weight. But the...
16/12/2011Exercise labels on fizzy drinks more discouraging than calorie counts
A new study suggests that exercise labels could be more effective than calorie counts at putting teens off sugary food and fizzy drinks. Researchers from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, posted...
16/12/2011Staff in the NHS are failing patients with dementia
An audit has shown that NHS hospital staff across England and Wales feel they lack the skills to deal with dementia patients, meaning they are falling short of acceptable standards of care. To create the...
15/12/2011Frequent health checks could prevent 24,000 people dying from diabetes
A new report shows that almost 24,000 diabetes related deaths in England could be avoided with better NHS care. With proper management diabetes can be kept under control The NHS Information Centre...
15/12/2011NICE reveals anaphylactic shock guidelines as allergies are on the rise
New guidelines have been published today for doctors treating anaphylactic shock, as it is revealed that the number of people admitted to hospital with the condition has increased by at least 700 per cent in...
15/12/2011NHS trusts may never achieve foundation status due to crippling debts
MPs have warned that a third of hospital trusts are in financial difficulty and may never achieve foundation status, and dozens more will have to merge and be broken up in order to pay off crippling debts. ...
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