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Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits | Society | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits
Health secretary swiftly rejects service chiefs’ public warning that meeting targets is impossible with current funding [...] In an unprecedented move reflecting a widening gulf with the government, NHS England used its board meeting to warn that it had to make “difficult choices” next year that would involve limiting what it could provide for patients. [ only providing basics life saving treatments - not life improvement treatments (elective surgery) ] [...] NHS England has also said it is unable to implement best practice as advised by Nice on a routine basis – an extraordinary state of affairs. We have now reached a point where the NHS constitution will be routinely breached and NHS services are being withdrawn.”
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Autism diagnoses 'could be reduced under NHS plan' - BBC News
Proposals to reduce the number of children being diagnosed with autism are being considered by NHS commissioners in south-west London.
The idea of restricting an autism diagnosis to only the most severe cases was discussed earlier this month.
The local alliance of five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) says nothing has been decided yet.
But the National Autistic Society says it is "deeply concerned" about the plans.
NHS  mental  health  rationing  minority  STP  Austerity  OAP  CCG 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Life-or-death 999 call target missed for year
Crews are meant to reach patients who have had cardiac arrests or are not breathing - so-called Red 1 calls - within eight minutes.
But performance data from NHS England for May showed for the 12th month in a row the 75% target has been missed.
The target for Red 2 calls, for other life-threatening cases such as strokes, has not been met since January 2014.
During May, 70.5% of Red 1 calls were met in eight minutes and for Red 2 calls it was 65%.
NHS England blamed the problem on the rising number of calls - there have been nearly 11m in the past year, an increase of 7% on the previous year.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Surgical care shake-up ordered at Scottish hospitals to avoid waiting times crisis (From Herald Scotland)
EVERY hospital in Scotland has been ordered to re-think the way they look after patients with broken bones and worn joints amid fears waiting times for common operations will soar in the next five years.
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may 2016 by asterisk2a
The Fix: Can The Junior Doctors' Strike Save The NHS? ( Novara Media )
new junior doc contract is a back door to privatisation in the future. those new contracts. [...] some areas of healthcare will always be unprofitable ... [...] 7 day NHS is smokescreen [...] stealth cuts (pay and pension already, now contracts, and also the bursaries turned into debt contracts thus that item off the gov balance sheet) [...] "need to treat the public as grown ups ... that is how much health care for a sick and old population cost." [...] "we need honesty"
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Government should 'get its act together' over nursing shortage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35929383 - 2009-2015, nurse numbers have grown only 1.1%, while GP referrals over the same time period rose 16% and A&E admissions rose 18%. [...] not just rise in population but also more people w complex, multiple, chronic, conditions.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS in £2.4bn funding boost for GP services in England
NHS chiefs in England have announced a five-year plan to help GP surgeries "get back on their feet" and to improve access for patients. The rescue package will see an extra £2.4bn a year ploughed into services by 2020 - a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account. It will pay for 5,000 more GPs and extra staff to boost practices. [...] It means more than 10% of health spending will go on GP care - up from just over 8% currently.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
"Auf ärztliches Anraten" - Roxette sagen geplante Welt-Tournee ab
Bei der 57-Jährigen war 2002 ein Hirntumor diagnostiziert worden, sie galt aber als geheilt. Ob die Absage mit Nachwirkungen der damaligen Erkrankung zusammenhänge, konnte eine Sprecherin auf Anfrage nicht sagen. //&! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Fredriksson#Cancer - she underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor. It was malignant and she endured months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She had difficulties reading, writing and counting for a period of time, and is now blind in her right eye. [...] On 18 April 2016 Roxette announced that their 30th anniversary summer tour was cancelled as advised by Fredriksson's doctors. [...] [from FB page] " However, singer Marie Fredriksson has been advised by her doctors to refrain from touring and as a consequence all the summer shows are cancelled. [...] 'Sadly, now my touring days are over'"
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
GP appointment waiting times crisis revealed in Labour research
Research finds 14.2m patients waited a week to see their doctor or did not manage to get an appointment at all in 2015 [...] Many of the UK’s 9,770 GP surgeries are struggling to cope with a growing and ageing population and as pressures have risen, the number of GPs has not kept pace, with an increasing number opting for early retirement. That has coincided with a failure to attract enough graduate medics into choosing general practice as a career.

Labour, which conducted the research, said constituents have desperately sought their help to get a GP appointment. The revelation in December that patients were having to queue in the dark from 6.30am outside their surgery in Surrey helped to highlight the problem.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
What Happens Next (In Europe)?
the odds of another crisis are higher than a rally to fresh records. [...]
“The 2009-2015 rally originated from two main drivers: a massive stimulus, and credit expansion in China,” said Goette, who’s a partner at his firm in Zug, Switzerland and helps oversee 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion).

“European earnings have not followed suit so far. Skepticism regarding central-bank operations has started to emerge.”
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is the NHS in England stuck with soaring demand?
service struggling to keep up with demand. [...] ambulance response times, delays in A&E, and treatment for cancer - have been missed. All this against a background of increased attendances, more referrals & GPs being busier than ever. So is the NHS is stuck in a never-ending cycle of soaring demand? The kitchen at Stanborough Lodge care home in Welwyn Garden City is part of the NHS frontline in the fight to ease the strain on hospitals. [...] Staff and residents of care homes are being taught to cook nutritious foods [...] "And I think we're going to have to see the NHS pull its finger out a bit in terms of making those investments." Whatever differences there may be about why the NHS is so stretched, there is no denying that with money so tight and performance slipping on many fronts, time to find a solution is running out. //&! bbc.in/23xX0yf &! bbc.in/1S95lh1 [...] system facing both inexorably increasing patient numbers and severe financial strain."
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
A&E delays reach new record level
A&E performance in England sank to a new low in February for the second month in a row, official figures show. [...] And in another sign of growing A&E pressures, a unit in Lancashire is being forced to close overnight from next week because of a staffing crisis. Bosses running the Chorley A&E said they had to take the step because they did not have the doctors to staff the unit. //&! Staff shortage prompts Chorley Hospital A&E temporary closure - bbc.in/1Wta823 //&! Chorley A&E closure: A cautionary tale? [...] [cap on locum staff and doctor pay] Like many A&E units, Chorley relies heavily on locum staff. This is because there is a national shortage of doctors willing to work in emergency departments full time. [...] As one person put it to me: "The problems being experienced in the health services are simply too great to be resolved by knee-jerk government policies - no matter how well intentioned they are." - bbc.in/23xX0yf
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Obesity 'likely culprit' behind womb cancer rise
Rising levels of obesity may be fuelling an increase in the number of women diagnosed with womb cancer, the charity Cancer Research UK warns.
Its figures show around 19 in every 100,000 women in the UK were diagnosed with the disease in the 1990s - climbing to 29 in 100,000 in 2013.
Researchers acknowledge the science behind how extra weight is linked to cancer is not clear - but say hormones produced by extra fat may play a part.
They say more studies are needed.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tyler Cowen: "The Great Stagnation", Michael Vassar & Cowen Debate at Singularity Summit 2011
gains are harder to come by! low hanging fruit gone. [...] VISION IS NEEDED TO GET THE JOB DONE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Hospital bug infecting more patients of working age in Scotland
INFECTIONS with the hospital bug clostridium difficile are rising among patients of working age in Scotland - reversing a previous crackdown. New figures show consecutive increases in the number of people under the age of 65 falling ill with C-diff, [...] "Antibiotics can also cause C-diff infections so additional information on this has been shared with our staff to try to reduce the amount antibiotics prescribed routinely in our hospitals.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS surgery referrals to private sector rocket
The Press and Journal understands the increase in private referrals can be explained in part by the introduction of the Scottish Government’s 12-week treatment time guarantee in 2012. As a way of keeping to the timescale, patients can be given the choice of going elsewhere for surgery. [...] An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said the board was committed to meeting the waiting times target for all patients, but added: “Currently it is not always possible for us to do this locally. “There are protocols in place which allow for referral to other centres – both NHS and private.” [...] largely due to an increasingly ageing population. [...] “As a result, at times we have been unable to match supply with demand.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
ACTION NEEDED TO MAINTAIN NHS SCOTLAND SERVICES, REPORT WARNS
NHS Scotland will not be able to provide the same level of service in the future unless urgent action is taken to alleviate the pressures it faces, according to a new report. The health service is struggling with tightening budgets, rising costs, higher demand for services, pressure to meet targets and increased staff vacancies, Audit Scotland said. It warned the Scottish Government has not made sufficient progress towards its 2020 vision to change the balance of healthcare to more community-based settings. [...] Boards spent £284 million on temporary staff in 2014/15, an increase of 15% from the previous financial year.

The number of agency nursing and midwifery staff increased by 53% while s pending on locum doctors increased by 22%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Second class north-east health service run down by SNP
Dr Donnie Ross claimed the SNP’s “centralisation” agenda meant the quality of care in the region was being “run down” as facilities in the central belt were being improved. He spoke out amid fears plans for a life-saving trauma centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary could be scrapped in favour of Edinburgh and Glasgow. [...] “In the long run, younger people will be sent to the central belt, while those who can’t travel will have to use a service with far less money invested and with much lower standards. [...] Dr Ross said the culture at NHS Grampian, which has been criticised in the past, discouraged doctors from speaking out against the changes. [...] “So doctors who complain about falling standards of care or ethics can be labelled ‘dysfunctional’ or ‘troublemakers’, and then got rid of by whatever means managers can concoct, while their clinical service is massively reduced or disappears altogether.” //&! bit.ly/1WfVYBb - 2nd class care.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS spending devolved in Greater Manchester
Dr Zahid Chauhan, a GP in Failsworth, Oldham, raised questions about how that money will be saved.
He said: "My concerns with all this funding deficit and loss of £2bn is that we might struggle to achieve it and who will be responsible for that?
"Will it mean less doctors, appointments and operations? I don't know, but those are the questions that need to be answered." //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Study: Heart attack patients getting younger, fatter
Despite greater awareness of risk factors for heart disease and the need for healthy lifestyle changes, heart attack patients are becoming younger and more obese, according to new research from the Cleveland Clinic. // Google Info Box - The risk of heart attack increases steadily for men after age 45, and the average age of a man having his first heart attack is about 66. About 565,000 men are expected to suffer a heart attack in 2009. Nearly half of those younger than 65 years old who have a heart attack will die within eight years. (7 Dec 2012) // nbcnews.to/1obb39f
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
You can't book appointments in advance, GPs warn patients in latest sign of crisis in the NHS Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3510084/You-t-book-appointments-advance-GPs-warn-patients-latest-sign-crisis-NHS.html#ixzz43zQif7Z5 Follow
Three GP surgeries have banned patients from booking advance time slots. The 21,000 patients at Swindon surgeries now face scramble at 8.30am. Rule is necessary because of increase in demand and shortage of doctors. Patients at the three surgeries have branded the new system a 'nightmare'. [...] ‘There is a national shortage of GPs and Swindon is not immune to this.
‘These appointments are valuable and to try to avoid wastage, at a time when we are so short of staff, we are asking patients to call and book on the day they need to be seen.
‘This is for a trial period only and if successful will remain as part of our policy.’ It also pleaded with its patients, around 15 per cent of whom are over 65, to use other sources of information, such as the 111 non-emergency line, pharmacies, and NHS websites.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors to stage A&E walkout
[ 24/7 NHS Services ] Still about Saturday weekend rates BMA demands. That Jeremy Hunt does not agree. // bbc.in/1UNK6p2 - still, polls show public support. &! bbc.in/1UaZEo8 - Save and Funded contract that is researched, that is not done by Westminster according to the BMA. 'We can not allow the stretching of an already stretched 5-day service. Patient care will suffer.' //&!
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Pensions stance creates budgetary mayhem
Disability benefits: they are forecast to increase by £2bn over the next five years. Could do something there. Sickness benefits: they are predicted to rise by about £1bn. Might be able to save some of that. But what's this? It's rising by £15bn over the coming five years. That's the one. Off our Martian goes to see the chancellor. "What are pensions?" she asks. That is the problem the government is struggling with. Its political refusal to touch pensions, or pensioner benefits, has in a stroke protected the single biggest cost in the welfare budget. And the cost that is rising the most. [ AND ADD INTO THE SAME BUCKET THE NHS and PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET! ] Welcome to your new job, Stephen Crabb.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Eye risk from 'overstretched NHS'
NHS is struggling to keep up because of a "perfect storm" of increased demand, caused by more eye disease in an ageing population which requires requiring long term care. [...] Hospital attendances have increased year on year in the UK, with over 100m outpatient appointments made in England alone during 2013-14, of which nearly 10% are for eye care. Common eye conditions which were previously untreatable, such as age-related macular degeneration, can now be treated successfully, but this adds to the demand on eye clinics. [...] With an increase of up to 30% in eye clinic attendances over the last five years, we can no longer ignore the pressure mounting in hospital eye services. // http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=macular+degeneration
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
How Victoria's Video Diaries have helped women around the UK
"brave" ...normalisation of cancer. 'was death sentence, now life extension' // BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire has finished the chemotherapy stage of her breast cancer treatment. In it, she describes her emotional reaction to the end of her final cycle.

Derbyshire has been filming diaries since she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of July last year, to try to help demystify the treatment.

Here, two women who were also diagnosed with the condition in 2015 explain how the diaries have helped them, and they were joined by Baroness Delyth Morgan from the charity, Breast Cancer Now.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Guido Westerwelle hat den Kampf gegen sein Krebsleiden verloren.
Guido Westerwelle hatte inständig gehofft, die tückische Krankheit Leukämie überwunden zu haben. In einem langen Gespräch mit dem SPIEGEL hatte er im Herbst 2015 einen Satz gesagt, der jeden Menschen anrühren musste, der zur Empathie fähig ist: "Ich will unbedingt weiterleben."
Mit dem früheren "Stern"-Chefredakteur Dominik Wichmann hatte Westerwelle ein Buch veröffentlicht, das ebenfalls den Blutkrebs thematisierte, der ihn von einem Tag auf den anderen heimgesucht hatte. "Zwischen zwei Leben: Von Liebe, Tod und Zuversicht." Der Ton: ernst, gleichwohl optimistisch.

Doch zuletzt ging es ihm wieder schlechter, seit Ende November lag Westerwelle wieder in der Universitätsklinik Köln. Nun ist er an den Folgen der Leukämie-Behandlung gestorben - mit nur 54 Jahren.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Terminally ill campaigner fighting for right to work
58 (2016) // Woodcock was first treated for breast cancer in 2000, but the cancer returned in 2012. A scan confirmed a secondary cancer and multiple tumours in her liver, and she was given a year to live as long as she underwent chemotherapy. [ LIVEEXTENSION ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Not enough doctors for 7-day NHS, says Royal College head - BBC News
There are not enough doctors to run a seven-day NHS in England, according to a leading doctor.
In a speech on Tuesday, Royal College of Physicians president Prof Jane Dacre will warn ministers the issue must be addressed if their policy is to work.
She will highlight research that shows vacant posts are not being filled and gaps in rotas are being seen.
It comes as ministers are locked in a dispute with junior doctors over their plans for improving weekend care.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Doctors urge chancellor to increase social care funding - BBC News
In their letter to the chancellor, they describe health and social care as "two sides of the same coin".
The letter describes the impact of an underfunded social care system on the NHS, saying patients fit to be discharged are unable to leave hospital because social support is unavailable at home.
This increases the likelihood of infections and falls, they write.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
A&E suffers 'worst ever month' - BBC News
bit.ly/1WbqMkD - The monthly performance publication also showed the NHS was struggling in other areas: the target to see patients needing routine operations within 18 weeks was missed for the second month in a row. the key cancer target for patients to start their treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral from GP was missed for the 20th time in 21 months. twice as many people waited six weeks or longer for a diagnostic test than should have. ambulances missed their target to respond to the most critical calls in eight minutes - one in three patients waited longer - the eighth month in a row it has not been hit [...] Delays in discharging patients also continue to be a problem. In January there were nearly 160,000 days of delays - the second highest on record. //&! [ DEMAND RESOURCES MISMATCH ] Hospitals are now so overwhelmed patients could die, a doctors’ leader said on Thursday, adding that the NHS is now in an “eternal winter”. - bit.ly/1TxEAIi
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Krankenkassen machen 2015 Milliardendefizit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Noch zehren die gesetzlichen Krankenversicherungen von ihrem dicken Finanzpolster: Ihre Gesamtreserve betrug zum Jahreswechsel 24,5 Milliarden Euro. Dazu gehört die Reserve des Gesundheitsfonds, die sich Ende 2015 auf zehn Milliarden Euro belief. Allerdings sind die Kassen verpflichtet, Rücklagen zu bilden. Aus dem Fonds, in den Beitragsgelder und Steuerzuschüsse fließen, erhalten sie nur Zuweisungen nach festen Kriterien. Anfang 2016 haben zwei von drei Krankenkassen die Beiträge erhöht. Als Grund für die steigenden Beiträge gelten höhere Ausgaben für Arzneimittel, Ärzte und Kliniken sowie hohe Kosten durch Reformen im Gesundheitswesen.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
The cost of being unhealthy - BBC News
In fact, it is often overlooked in the continuing debate about the pressures on the NHS that getting people to live healthier lives is critical to the future of the NHS. In October, NHS chiefs made an unprecedented plea to ministers - they asked for more money. But it wasn't a "something for nothing" request. They set out a compelling case about how the health service was facing a £30bn shortfall by 2020 - and said if the budget was increased by £8bn in real terms they would do the rest.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Middle-aged 'risk unhealthy retirement' - BBC News
Public Health England's One You campaign is urging the over 40s to drink less, exercise more, eat better and give up smoking. It is the first national campaign to specifically target this group. Currently more than two-fifths of those aged 45 to 64 are living with an illness or disability in England. The campaign will warn those in middle-age that unless they change their ways they could die early or face a retirement blighted with ill-health. While overall life expectancy has been rising in recent decades, the years people spend in good health has changed little. But research has shown that living healthy in middle age can double an individual's chances of being healthy at 70. [...] 40% of deaths are related to lifestyle //&! COST OF UNHEALTHY LIVING TO SOCIETY, 2bn attributed to alcohol A&E admissions alone, 3bn overall, obesity 4bn and rising, diabetes 10bn - bbc.in/1tfe76q //&! sedentary lifestyle - bbc.in/1CcMFoh
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Radical cancer treatment seeks to control rather than destroy tumours | Science | The Guardian
Instead of eradicating cancer, the new goal for doctors needs to be prevention of cancer disease, she adds. “We need to stabilise tumour growth and enable gradual, controlled regression over time.” Charles Swanton, a scientist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, who is part-funded by Cancer Research UK, said: “How cancers become resistant to treatment has been one of the greatest challenges facing doctors and their patients. This work tries to find a way around a phenomenon known as ‘competitive release’, where drug resistant cancer cells survive and take over the tumour once the drug-sensitive cells have been killed off. “When this happens in cancers, the disease is often much harder to treat due to the limited number of drug options available.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Genetics of cancer tumours reveal possible treatment revolution | Science | The Guardian
[Immunotherapy does] not work in everyone [and every cancer]. One approach releases the brakes on the immune system, unleashing the full force of killer T cells, which are otherwise dampened down by cancer cells. But to work, the patient’s immune system must first recognise the cancer as the enemy. Charles Swanton, an expert on cancer evolution who led the latest study at the Francis Crick Institute in London, said the discovery of surface proteins shared by all of a patient’s cancer cells provided an “achilles heel” for future therapies to target. [...] As tumours grow, they evolve. Over time, mutations scramble the DNA, and one part of the tumour starts to look very different to another. [And chemo stops working.] [...] [NOT CHEAP!] //&! bit.ly/1WJVe59 - Experimental therapy tested in mice could lead to patients living healthy lives with tumours constantly kept in check with low doses of medicine //&! bit.ly/1RM5yIO
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Austerity has hit disabled people hardest – now they're fighting back | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
The charity has accused the council of systemic failures, including removing wellbeing payments without offering an alternative, and raising eligibility criteria for social care so that disabled people who previously received services are no longer able to do so.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hip replacements for under-60s soaring - BBC News
[ bit.ly/1QmsldE - diet & lifestyle related!? co-attributed? same w osteoporosis. what is the rate in some parts of Japan? 1.usa.gov/1oOR0OI - hypertension issue ] The number of hip replacement operations on people aged under 60 has risen 76% in the last decade, NHS figures for England reveal. In 2004-05 there were 10,145 hip replacements for people aged 59 and below, with 17,883 in 2014-15. [...] [D]octors are now more confident that replacement joints will be more durable than in the past. Patients are also said to be less willing to wait. Demand for new hips across all ages has risen - there were 89,919 of the operations in 2004-05 and 122,154 in 2014-15. [...] [A]s hip replacement techniques and prosthetics have improved, so have the numbers of younger patients undergoing this type of surgery. "It's no longer seen as a last resort. "As surgeons, we now have more confidence about the wear rate of these prosthetics which allows us to be less restrictive on an age basis."
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Care homes 'could solve NHS bed-blocking' - BBC News
Every day thousands of elderly patients are unable to leave hospitals despite being medically fit to do so, because care is not available in the community. But Respublica said if care homes took them in it would be a "win, win". The think tank said it would free up hospital beds, while bringing in vital investment into the care sector. Currently there are about 4,300 patients stuck in hospital each day because of problems discharging them - taking up over 4% of all general beds in hospital. The report, which received funding from care home providers, said if current trends continued the numbers could increase by about 1,000 in the next five years, costing the NHS £3.3bn in total over the period. It said if this money was spent on care homes they could take on all the patients facing delays, while investing in staff and facilities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Thousands of NHS nursing and doctor posts lie vacant - BBC News
[ rising demand ] Tens of thousands of NHS nursing and doctor posts are vacant. The figures, obtained by the BBC, show the extent of the NHS recruitment crisis. Health unions blame poor workforce planning, but officials say the NHS has more staff than ever before. Data from a BBC Freedom of Information request shows that on 1 December 2015, the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had more than 23,443 nursing vacancies. That's equivalent to 9% of the workforce. For comparison, the average vacancy rate across the UK economy from November to January 2016 was 2.7%, according to figures provided by the Office for National Statistics. [...] These figures show that between 2013 and 2015, there has been a 50% increase in nursing vacancies, from 12,513 to 18,714. For doctors, the number of vacancies went from 2,907 to 4,669 over the same period, an increase of roughly 60%
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Frank Kelly death: Tributes paid to 'Father Jack' actor - BBC News
[ + complex, one patient many diseases ] Kelly revealed last November that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, although he said he would continue to work. He had received the all-clear from bowel cancer in 2011. He was treated for skin cancer last year and also had heart problems.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
New NHS cancer drugs fund approved - BBC News
[ 98% always the case of life extension ~<5yrs // demand will continue to outstrip resources ] It has announced changes to the heavily criticised and regularly overspent Cancer Drugs Fund, which pays for drugs the NHS has deemed unaffordable. The new system will start in July 2016 and have a fixed budget of £340m. No patients receiving drugs on the old Cancer Drugs Fund will have their medication stopped. At present, the CDF can choose to pay for innovative drugs the health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has rejected for widespread use on the NHS. But under the new system, NICE will make all the decisions. By the time a drug comes on to the market, NICE will give it a yes, no or maybe rating. Those given the go-ahead will be routinely offered across the NHS while those given a maybe rating can be considered for the CDF. However, there will be "clear entry and exit criteria" to ensure money is spent on only the best breakthrough drugs.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four, How a misdiagnosis of dementia can be devastating
It's estimated there are around 620,000 people in England with dementia. Prime minister David Cameron says fighting the disease is a personal priority and doctors in England have been encouraged to proactively identify people with early stage dementia. Deborah Cohen finds out how mistakes in diagnosing dementia can be devastating.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Klage gegen Pflegenotstand gescheitert - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ living longer, but also living longer in sickness ] Sechs Senioren haben gegen die Missstände in deutschen Pflegeeinrichtungen beim Bundesverfassungsgericht Klage eingereicht. Die Richter nahmen die Beschwerde nicht zur Entscheidung an. [...] Die Verfassungsrichter betonen in ihrem Beschluss vom 11. Januar allerdings, dass dem Gesetzgeber grundsätzlich "ein weiter Einschätzungs-, Wertungs- und Gestaltungsspielraum" zukomme. Karlsruhe könne nur eingreifen, wenn er "seine Pflicht evident verletzt" habe. Die Kläger hätten nicht ausgeführt, "unter welchen Gesichtspunkten die bestehenden landes- und bundesrechtlichen Regelungen zur Qualitätssicherung evident unzureichend sein sollten". Außerdem sei nicht ersichtlich, dass sie "selbst, gegenwärtig und unmittelbar in ihren Grundrechten verletzt" seien.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors set to hold more strikes - BBC News
[ imposition of contract to make 7-day NHS possible and cheaper. ] Junior doctors are to take part in three more strikes and launch a judicial review as part of their fight against the government's decision to impose a new contract in England. [...] The news comes hours after the government's former patient safety adviser said ministers were wrong to impose the contract. Prof Don Berwick, who led a review for government on safety three years ago, said there should be a three-year moratorium on the imposition of the new contract and called on the government to "apologise". He said the NHS had a "demoralised" workforce and needed to find another way out of the "mess", the Health Service Journal reported. [...] "You cannot achieve excellence in combat with your future workforce, it makes no sense at all." &! bbc.in/1p0ybs8 //&! bit.ly/1LEoww7
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Water Fasting w/Vegan Diet Cures High Blood Pressure - Dr. Goldhamer - YouTube
higher blood pressure = higher risk of premature death / leading cause of disability // more ppl will die from drug side-effect than from high blood pressure - thus med profession gives lowering med only when it is really high. // changing lifestyle radically, is seen radical to reverse chronic disease. // also against diabetes! // >> TREATMENT PROGRAM IS COST-EFFECTIVE! even within the first year! than the pills.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
GPs call for more Scottish government funding - BBC News
GPs have lost out on £1.6bn of investment over the last 10 years, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland. It claims there have been "cumulative cuts" to general practice's share of NHS Scotland spending over a decade. The RCGP Scotland is lobbying for general practice to receive 11% of the Scottish NHS budget. But ministers insisted GP funding had increased each year under the SNP administration. The RCGP said Scots had lost about 4.5 million consultations per year over 10 years and called for the Scottish government to stop the decline in funding. Opposition parties also hit out at the "staggering level of underinvestment" in community health. //&! Labour and the SNP trade claims over hospital waiting times - bbc.in/1VArMON
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
'If you're not dying, go home', overwhelmed A&E staff tell waiting patients over tannoy - Telegraph
[ demand resource mismatch ] A hospital A&E department was so overwhelmed that it made an appeal to more than 100 waiting patients over a tannoy: "Please go home unless you have a life-threatening illness."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Virtually all hospitals now in deficit - BBC News
[ demand of ageing chronically sick population outstrips all planning 5 years, again and again and again ] Adam Roberts, of the Health Foundation think tank, said: "These figures are beyond dire. A comprehensive national plan is urgently needed." The situation raises the prospect of the Department of Health failing to balance the overall books, which would be a huge embarrassment given the extra money the NHS is getting. In autumn's spending review the government announced the NHS would get an extra £8.4bn this Parliament. A big chunk of that, £3.8bn, is being put in next year. [...] [Commentary:] This time the impact is likely to be felt in terms of what doesn't happen. The government has promised the NHS extra money in the coming years to help it cope with demand and transform itself to become fit for the 21st century. But if that goes on paying off debts, the NHS will be on the back foot straight away. The risk then is that a vicious circle develops ... &! bbc.in/1lOPU4z
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - 999: Where's My Ambulance? - All 4
[ demand resources mismatch ] rising demand, growth over a quarter in some parts. [...] "find innovative ways to deal with demand." [ no mention of more money for the babyboomers and OAP and elderly and adult social care. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Cancer cases rise in UK, says charity - BBC News
[ resource and demand mismatch ] More than 352,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year - a 12% increase in the rate since the mid-90s, Cancer Research UK says. [...] Experts say the rise is mainly due to the ageing and growing population. And while the chances of getting cancer have increased, they say the chance of surviving it has also improved. But the charity warns despite more accurate tests, better treatments and many cancers being spotted earlier, there are some cancers where survival rates are still low. [...] [ getting older, but living more years sick w chronic disabling diseases ] [ putting also strain on the sickness benefit budget ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS 'will miss £22bn efficiency savings target', says thinktank | Society | The Guardian
[ nothing is addressed in prevention - mismatch between demand by chronically ill (high cost and returning again and again for treatment) and resources available ] Last October Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, committed the service to plugging £22bn of the expected £30bn gap in its finances by 2020 through productivity gains of 2% or 3% a year between now and 2020. Since then the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have promised to provide the other £8bn by 2020 from government funds, though Labour has refused to do the same. “It’s quite possible that the NHS will miss the £22bn target by quite a long way and therefore require much more than £8bn in additional funding. That’s a realistic possibility”, said Richard Murray, the King’s Fund’s director of policy. //&! bit.ly/1j6Q1q1 &! bit.ly/1QuxC1e - Cuts of £4.6bn to local authority social care press hard on the NHS – with beds blocked by frail people [...] [technically raised budget 4 NHS, but demand is rising!]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
South Somerset deploys ‘health coaches’ to take pressure off NHS - FT.com
Chronic conditions make a big share of cost // Underpinning the approach is a careful “segmenting” of patients to discover which are making maximum demands on the system. [...] In South Somerset, it was discovered that just 4 per cent of local people were between them consuming up to 50 per cent of the health and social care budget. High quality global journalism requires investment. Early results among a sample group of 100 patients are striking. Emergency admissions have fallen by 42 per cent, accident and emergency department visits by 4 per cent and outpatient appointments by 15 per cent, year on year, since the establishment of a “hub”, bringing together doctors, nurses and care workers to span the historically iron divide between GP surgery, community and hospital services. [...] “health coaches”. Cheaper than clinicians, and bringing a different skill set, they are seen as key to ensuring patients take responsibility for their own health [...] [mismatch of resources & demand]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Who will look after Japan's elderly? - BBC News
Japan's demographic problem is a timebomb that has already gone off - more than a quarter of the country's population is aged over 65. This is set to increase to 40% by 2055, when the population is expected to have shrunk from the current 130 million to 90 million. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has warned that Japan will be short of one million nurses and care workers by 2025. // Japan will need 10m immigrants/foreigners in 50 years to cover need.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS: Surging patient numbers - what's happening in A&E? - BBC News
Elderly patients. Heads of emergency departments point out there has not been a sudden new spike in numbers of people coming through their doors. They argue that there has been a steadily increasing trend going back a couple of years. Familiar factors are quoted, including numbers of frail, elderly patients with multiple conditions needing an increasing range of care and treatment. One specialist in geriatric medicine told me more older patients were coming into A&E because of problems with care in their home. This could be because social care was lacking in some way, or because a spouse had become unable to cope. But the surge in hospital attendances was by no means dominated by the over-65s.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Shock figures show patients stuck in north hospitals for more than a year despite being fit to leave - Press and Journal
Shock new figures show eight patients across NHS Highland and NHS Grampian were kept in hospital for more than a year, despite doctors giving the green light for them to be discharged. Another 20 patients at the two health boards were left in limbo for more than six months. Last night Health Secretary Shona Robison admitted there was “much more to do” to tackle the so-called bed blocking, which costs the NHS millions of pounds each year. [...] These patients were all classified as so-called ‘Code 9′ patients – meaning they require specialist support, such as space in a care home, before they are able to return to the community. [...] “The availability of suitable facilities to safely accommodate those of our patients with the most complex conditions is limited, [...] unable to dedicate enough staff. The health board admitted that recruitment to the adult care sector was a growing problem, //&! Care homes and the NHS: The silent scandal? - bbc.in/23GhyCd & bbc.in/1PfdoHx
bed  blocking  NHS  Scotland  NHS  Grampian  NHS  austerity  Council  elderly  care  adult  social  care  Public  Services  Services  premature  ageing  ageing  population  babyboomers  OAP  A&E  care  home  Tories  nasty  party  Positioning  PR  spin  doctor  budget  deficit  fairness  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  minimum  wage  Conservative  budget2015  budget2010  Toff  Privileged  constituency  Establishment  sick  population  health  crisis  prevention  intervention  GP  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Next week's junior doctor strike on - BBC News
[ after they came back on the table from the first strike and another strike as been called off during negotiation ] Next week's strike by junior doctors in England will go ahead as talks with the government have failed to reach a solution - but union leaders say medics will provide emergency cover. [...] BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana said despite some "good progress" the union had been left no choice but to announce the stoppage would take place. He accused the government of taking an "entrenched" position by insisting the extra pay doctors get for working on a Saturday is cut. [ Tories redefine WEEKEND, as they did with poverty, and else ] Dr Malawana said: "What we are asking for is fair and affordable recognition of unsocial hours."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Heart disease warning factors 'missed by many adults' - BBC News
Many adults in the UK are unaware of the risk factors for heart disease, according to a new poll. [...] Coronary heart disease (CHD) is responsible for about 74,000 deaths in the UK each year. About one in five men and one in eight women die from the condition. [ largest cause of disability in the old age person population ]
heart  disease  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  OAP  babyboomers  ageing  population  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  heart  attack  aneurysm  stroke  thrombosis  disability  Disabled  Cardiovascular  disease  coronary  artery  disease  vascular  disease  dietary  cholesterol  high  blood  pressure  Standard  American  Diet  Western  pattern  lifestyle  sedentary  lifestyle  active  lifestyle  Alcohol  tobacco  obesity  sick  population  health  crisis  prevention  intervention  GP 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Balloon 'last chance treatment' for heart failure - BBC News
Mr Reach, a builder from Kent, suffered severe heart failure after a heart attack - leaving him extremely unwell and short of breath. The damage to his heart meant one of his heart valves no longer worked properly, creating a backflow of blood and putting extra strain on his heart. But when conventional treatment was deemed too high a risk, doctors decided to ask UK regulators for permission to try the new Mitra-Spacer device on compassionate grounds. Made in the United States, by company Cardiosolutions, it had previously been tested only in pigs. Mr Reach had the device implanted in June 2015 and was allowed home just a few days later.
heart  disease  heart  attack  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  OAP  babyboomers  health  care  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  sick  population  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  premature  ageing 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
The secret old age psychiatrist's diary: 'Alcohol has put her on a downward spiral' | Society | The Guardian
A psychiatrist who works with elderly people tells of the problems many patients face – from addiction to depression and dementia
OAP  mental  health  mental  illness  loneliness  Depression  babyboomers  public  health  policy  public  health  health  care  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  sick  population  dementia  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  A&E  NHS 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
A&E performance dips as Scottish hospitals under pressure - The Scotsman
Performance in Glasgow has improved by 6.6 per cent on last year and NHS Borders and NHS Grampian have both made significant improvents, Ms Robison said. She added: “This is a time of substantial increased pressure on our NHS. We know from previous experience that these weeks are always the period when the performance of our A&E departments are affected most significantly. //&! bit.ly/1nKQMrD
NHS  Scotland  NHS  Grampian  A&E  OAP  sick  population  health  crisis  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
East Asia cold snap 'kills 85 in Taiwan' - BBC News
Most excess winter deaths and illnesses are not caused by hypothermia or extremes of cold, but by heart and breathing problems. Frail elderly people are particularly at risk. Cold weather makes your heart work harder to keep your body warm. It increases your heart rate and blood pressure and can cause changes to your blood that increase the risk of developing blood clots that may lead to heart attacks and strokes. Low temperatures can make it harder to breathe and can make existing chest problems, such as asthma, worse. There is also more flu circulating during the winter. If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, experts say it is a good idea to heat your home to at least 18C.
chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  OAP  winter  deaths  sick  population  health  crisis 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Will Self: The trouble with my blood | Books | The Guardian
As we walked down the grotty staircase of Guy's Hospital Tower from the consultation where she'd been informed of how radical her surgery would need to be, she turned to me and said: "I'm so lucky. If it was 25 years ago, or I was somewhere else in the world, I'd've just received a death sentence." I was less sanguine – metaphorically speaking. I felt distracted and doomy; I was a dilatory carer – and at times seemingly wilfully inept. I could just about manage the basics: the feeding and dressing of our two younger children, and the forcing upon her of increasingly unwanted cups of tea. Advertisement It didn't help that we seemed to be at the centre of a cancer cluster: one friend was dying of leukaemia in Hammersmith hospital, another was in the process of being diagnosed, a third had had half his throat and jaw chopped out. I fully expected cancer myself. [ Polycythemia vera - mutation of cell X. repair mechanism failed. telomere caps fizzled out. disease of OAP. ]
cancer  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  sick  population  health  crisis  premature  ageing  ageing  population  OAP  immune  system  anti-ageing  ageing  telomere  free  radicals  antioxidant  NHS  Standard  American  Diet  western  lifestyle  tobacco  Alcohol  abuse  substance  abuse  food  abuse  heart  disease  diabetes  health  care  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  pattern  anti-inflammatory  western  dietary  cholesterol  public  health  policy  public  health  GP  A&E  demographic  bubble  babyboomers 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Will Self: the NHS is a power that can jolt even the most despairing back to life | Society | The Guardian
I’ve thought about the politics, sociology and culture of healthcare in this country a great deal, and long since reached the conclusion that there’s a sort of Malthusian gap ever widening between our desire for more and better treatments and the NHS’s capability to deliver them all, free and on demand. We’re suckers for medical science’s promise of yet more heroic − nay, Frankensteinian − interventions. Good materialists that we’ve become, we have faith that at some point in the not-too-distant future our marvellous doctors, nurses and support staff will be able to palliate − if not cure − just about everything. This is the ultimate redistribution − one of mortality itself – and it’s come to occupy the psychic space that other redistributive concepts, such as socialism, once held. [...] an inability to look after ourselves any more.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
A&E 'on the edge and waits too long', says leading doctor - BBC News
Hospital emergency departments in Wales are "on the edge" with staff shortages and waiting times too long, a leading A&E doctor has warned. Dr Robin Roop, head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Wales (RCEM), said some patients were waiting more than 24 hours in A&E. [...] He warned no A&E department in Wales had enough consultants to meet minimum RCEM staffing levels. [...] "The health boards have learnt from previous years about winter pressures and what needs to be done - things like expanding bed capacity and changing elective operations - they've worked to a small degree," he said. [ << improving on the margins, don't turn the tide, a tide of chronically sick OAP ]
NHS  austerity  A&E  OAP  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  premature  ageing  chronic  diseases  babyboomers  public  health  policy  public  health  sick  population  health  crisis  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  GP  staff  morale  locum  staff  staff  shortage  Westminster  Jeremy  Hunt 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, 67, dies - BBC News
He died in New York City on Monday from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
'Godsend' operation for Scottish lung patient - BBC News
[ life extension, and improvement of life (plus pills) of people with a self-afflicted chronic disease ] Patricia McCall had tiny valves inserted in her lungs to treat her emphysema. The procedure is an alternative to radical surgery in which diseased parts of the lungs are cut away. Ms McCall was treated at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank as part of a clinical trial. The hospital is the first in Scotland to fit the valves. [...] Quality of life It is hoped the "Endobronchial Valve" will dramatically improve the quality of life for people with lung disease. Emphysema is usually caused by smoking and is very common in Scotland. //&! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_obstructive_pulmonary_disease
COPD  smoking  tobacco  chronic  diseases  western  lifestyle  diet-related  disease  sick  population  health  crisis  OAP  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  premature  ageing  babyboomers  NHS  austerity  alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  non-alcoholic  fatty  liver  disease  liver  disease  addiction  substance  abuse  Nicotine  cancer  throat  cancer  lung  cancer  public  health  policy  public  health  health  care 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Bake Off star Tamal Ray on junior doctors' strike - BBC News
[ misrepresentation of some paper (weekend deaths)! ] Speaking on the BBC's This Week, he says the government is "playing on public fears of under-staffing" at weekends, saying the NHS already offers world-class class surgery, seven days a week. “If you have a medical emergency, you will always be seen,” he says.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS out-of-hours GP service 12-hour wait 'clinically unsafe' - BBC News
found deficiencies in call handling and a shortage of GPs. During unannounced inspections following complaints, staff said they had been asked to alter their records. [...] Staff "asked to alter or not record accurately their contemporaneous notes" [ malpractice ] [...] In October last year, IC24's interim chief executive said the organisation was still struggling to fill shifts. A month later, Norwich resident Peter Rowley said he called 111 but waited 11 hours for a call back, eventually going to A&E instead. [...] In September 2015 a whistleblower working at a 111 call centre in Derby said it was "dangerously understaffed"
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
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