Monthly Archives: September 2011

Two-thirds of women would want to avoid NHS hospitals The word is getting out More than two-thirds of women say they would rather suffer at home rather than go to hospital if they were ill, because of fears over the … Continue reading

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Tens of thousands of surgical patients dying needlessly because of poor NHS care, says Royal College of Surgeons Tens of thousands of elderly patients are dying needlessly after routine operations because they are not being properly looked after in hospitals, … Continue reading

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Untrained healthcare assistants leave patients unfed and in pain, claims nursing watchdog The lack of formal training for thousands of NHS healthcare assistants is leaving patients “unfed” and “in pain”, the head of Britain’s nursing watchdog has warned. Dickon Weir-Hughes … Continue reading

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Don’t give out cancer drugs if it’s just to extend life: Treatment costs can’t be justified, say British experts In statistician’s terms, the issue here is not the mean but the variance. Some people get very little benefit from the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Third World Britain: Relatives ‘need to help care for sick in hospital’, says nursing leader Relatives should go into hospitals to help staff care for the elderly, according to a nursing leader. Dr Peter Carter, head of the … Continue reading

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Expensive PFI hospitals could be left half-empty, NHS managers warn Expensive new Private Finance Initiative hospitals could be left half-empty as the NHS cuts costs in order to save money, health leaders have warned. Ministers are trying to reduce the … Continue reading

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Behind the NHS computer boondoggle Probably the most expensive computerization failure ever My husband’s business partner, an IT whizz, was offered a consultancy on the NHS project as soon as it began in 2002. It’s a painful memory: “I was … Continue reading

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