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09/12/2011NHS post-operative care failing high-risk patients
A new report has highlighted that as many as 100,000 high-risk patients undergoing surgery in NHS hospitals each year get sub-standard care. High-risk patients are receiving substandard aftercare The...
08/12/2011Private company will provide maternity care in NHS Wirral
An NHS hospital trust in the Wirral has become the first in England to recruit a private company to provide maternity care. The deal, made between NHS Wirral and private company One to One Midwifery, followed...
08/12/2011New combination of breast cancer drugs prolong life by 18 months
A new combination of drugs looks promising for patients suffering from advanced breast cancer , according to recent clinical trials. In a late-stage clinical trial on 808 patients, women who received new...
07/12/2011Rise in self-pay patients hoping to skip long NHS referral queues
Thousands of patients without private medical insurance have to pay for private operations because of tough restrictions on GP referrals, a new survey reveals. GP newspaper Pulse contacted four private...
07/12/2011Government recommend cutting welfare payments for cancer patients
New Government proposals will force cancer patients to prove they are not fit to work or face their benefits being cut. The proposal, buried in a report to ministers by Professor Malcolm Harrington, will...
07/12/201140 per cent of cancers caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking
Nearly half of all cancers diagnosed in the UK each year are caused by poor lifestyle choices, according to a survey carried out by Cancer Research UK. Researchers based their calculations on predicted...
06/12/2011Gene determines how much sleep you need at night
Scientists have discovered that people who like a lie-in could have a genetic reason for needing more sleep. Experts from the University of Edinburgh and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich studied more...
06/12/2011Parents without PMI are driven into debt by cancer costs
Parents without child medical insurance are being driven into debt by the costs of cancer, according to a new report, entitled Counting the Costs of Cancer . Children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent...
06/12/2011NHS patient data to be shared with private drug companies
Medical details of NHS patients could soon be shared with private healthcare firms so that Britain can become a world leader in life sciences. David Cameron has unveiled controversial plans to allow...
02/12/2011Men's Shed programme could improve male health across the UK
An Australian idea of using large sheds as meeting places for men who may otherwise spend a great deal of time alone is slowly catching on in the UK. The ‘Men’s Shed’ programme, originating in...
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