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  • Hospital admits error that left girl paralysed

    08/31/2011 4:47:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2011
    A teenage schoolgirl was left paralysed from the waist down when a spinal anaesthetic was left in too long after a routine operation, a hospital has admitted. Sophie Tyler, 17, of Risca, near Newport, south Wales, will never walk again after an epidural was mistakenly left in place for more than two days. A medical law expert is now calling on bosses at a leading UK children's hospital to ensure lessons are learned from the devastating error. Their admission of liability has left the way open for a full settlement, providing Sophie with financial support for the rest of her...
  • Universal healthcare and gun control caused the holocaust episode3: Curing dissent

    08/25/2011 11:48:07 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    Youtube ^ | John Hunter
    Episode three of the hard hitting new series on youtube which shows how socialized medicine and gun control lead to genocidal tyrannies that destroy God given rights. In this episode featuring scenes from Psychiatry an Industry of Death, we see healthcare in Germany and how psychiatrists using the false science of eugenics contributed to the holocaust and how liberals intimidated the Nuremberg Judges to spare several violent nazi doctors from their just rewards. We then go inside a universal healthcare facility to see what is in store for undesirables...
  • Private patients will 'leapfrog' NHS ones under health reforms, says Unison (ya think?)

    08/24/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Aug 2011 | Stephen Adams
    Private patients will increasingly be able to "leapfrog" those on the NHS due to changes proposed in the Government's health reforms, a leading union has warned. Unison has claimed that lifting the cap on the number of private patients that hospitals can treat, mooted in the Health and Social Care Bill, will end up "pushing NHS patients even further down the ever-spiralling waiting lists". During a protest outside the Department of Health in London this morning, the union highlighted the danger it said faced the public by using an acrobat to leapfrog to the top of an NHS queue straight...
  • Coventry Hospital 'removed healthy part of brain' (more NHS hijinks!)

    08/23/2011 5:32:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/23/11
    A Warwickshire hospital trust has admitted liability after a man suffered permanent brain damage after he was subjected to unnecessary brain surgery. John Tunney, 63, from Sutton Coldfield should have been given tablets to control a pituitary gland problem. But instead he was subjected to an unnecessary biopsy by a surgeon who then wrongly removed part of his brain rather than the tumour. The former paramedic is now partially sighted and needs full-time care. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said the surgeon involved was no longer involved in such surgery. Richard Kennedy, chief medical officer for the trust,...
  • Student obsessed w/Korean culture has tongue surgically lengthened on NHS 2 help her speak language

    08/12/2011 2:07:51 AM PDT · by Stoat · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) / Various ^ | August 12, 2011 | Staff
    Student Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones dreams of living and working in South Korea once she finishes university, even though she has never visited the country. But while taking language lessons, the 19-year-old found that she couldn't pronounce certain crucial sounds in the Korean alphabet. Her dentist suggested it may be because she was born with a slightly shorter than average tongue, caused by having an unusually thick lingual frenulum - the flap of skin that joins the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Language barrier: Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones, from Nottingham, had her tongue lengthened by 1cm to help her...
  • UK: NHS [socialized medicine] delays operations 'as it waits for patients to die or go private'

    07/28/2011 3:42:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/28/2011 | Martin Beckford
    Health service trusts are “imposing pain and inconvenience” by making patients wait longer than necessary, in some cases as long as four months, the study found. Executives believe the delays mean some people will remove themselves from lists “either by dying or by paying for their own treatment” claims the report, by an independent watchdog that advises the NHS. The Co-operation and Competition Panel says the tactic is one of a number used by managers that “excessively constrain” patients’ rights to choose where to be operated upon, and damage hospitals’ ability to compete for planned surgery. It claims unfair...
  • NHS begins rationing operations in cost-cutting drive

    07/28/2011 10:08:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7/28/11 | James Orr
    The NHS has begun rationing common surgical procedures such as hip replacements and cataracts removal in an effort to save money, it was revealed yesterday. New figures have found one in three Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England are reducing access to treatment for non-urgent operations. Examples of rationing include knee operations only being allowed to go ahead where patients are in severe pain, overweight patients being made to lose weight prior to procedures, and cataract patients being denied treatment until their sight problems seriously affect their ability to work. Chris Naylor, a senior researcher at the health think tank...
  • Hospital tells families to use Skype to save cost of visiting sick patients (U.K.)

    07/24/2011 6:26:58 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 16 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 23rd July 2011
    Doctors recommend internet chats to save cash Family members of mental health patients have been urged to stop visiting their sick relatives in hospital and instead talk to them on Skype. Officials at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust want to stop bedside visits in an attempt to save cash earmarked for relatives' travel expenses. Mental health patients in Berkshire are due to be relocated from Ascot, Maidenhead and Slough to Reading. Under the proposed scheme, some relatives would qualify for travel expenses to visit their sick family member. As part of plans to help save 4million-a-year, the Foundation Trust has suggested...
  • Obese man fights to get funding for gastric band surgery (UK - NHS)

    07/11/2011 7:08:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/11/11
    Tom Condliff, a 22-stone former policeman trying to persuade a health authority to fund obesity surgery, has started the latest round of his legal battle The grandfather from Talke, Staffordshire - who is 62 and 6ft 2in - says he needs stomach surgery to save his life. But the North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) refuses to fund a laparoscopic gastric bypass operation. In April, the High Court refused to quash the PCT's decision not to provide the surgery. Mr Condliff's lawyers are seeking to overturn the High Court ruling in the Court of Appeal. (snip) Mr Clayton told Lord...
  • Six stone woman with paralysed stomach is refused life-saving operation

    07/11/2011 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A young woman who is starving to death after being diagnosed with a paralysed stomach has been told that NHS bosses refuse to fund an operation to save her. Rudi Hargreaves, 22, has shrunk from a healthy 10st to a skeletal 5st 10lb after being diagnosed with the crippling condition last year. Within weeks of being diagnosed with gastroparesis, Rudi found her size 12 clothes were hanging off her - as her stomach became unable to digest food at a normal rate. The condition can be treated with a 14,000 operation to fit a gastric pacemaker - although this is...
  • Woman, 26, dies after NHS nurse 'diagnosed muscular pain using COMPUTER guide' (U.K.)

    06/20/2011 7:43:46 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 45 replies
    FULL TITLE: Woman, 26, died of DVT after NHS walk-in centre nurse 'diagnosed muscular pain using COMPUTER guide' Rebecca told husband nurse had 'fobbed her off' days before she died The case of a young woman who died from deep vein thrombosis after nurses used a computer guide to diagnose her with muscular pain, has been referred to the Health Secretary. Rebecca Cain, 26, died after suffering a huge blood clot in her leg in 2009 - days after she had begged nurses at a Nottingham NHS walk-in centre for help. Rebecca Cain on her wedding day: She diagnosed herself...
  • The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor (U.K.)

    06/08/2011 6:17:53 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 26 replies
    FULL TIILE: The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor is ignored for hours... before staff simply drag him away 'He went to them for help and they left him out in the corridor to die', says Peter Thompson's daughter Senior nurse claims it was 'the appropriate method of handling the situation' Two heartbroken parents have slammed 'inhumane' nurses who left their dead son lying in the middle of a hospital corridor and stepped over his corpse for more than ten hours thinking he was asleep. CCTV captured staff pulling the lifeless body of Peter...
  • The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor is ignored for hours.

    06/08/2011 9:53:16 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 20 replies
    Mail online ^ | 8th June 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Two heartbroken parents have slammed 'inhumane' nurses who left their dead son lying in the middle of a hospital corridor and stepped over his corpse for more than ten hours thinking he was asleep. CCTV captured staff pulling the lifeless body of Peter Thompson along the floor like they were 'dragging the body of a dead animal'. Today a coroner said his death was 'wholly preventable' and believes he could have survived but for the neglect of nursing staff, three of whom now face disciplinary proceedings. 41-year-old Mr Thompson had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs but instead of...
  • UK: Health Secretary - funding crisis threatens the NHS [funding black hole]

    06/01/2011 2:29:36 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/1/2011 | Andrew Porter
    The National Health Service is facing a £20 billion-a-year funding black hole that will threaten its founding principles unless the Coalition’s controversial reforms are brought in to prevent it the core values of the NHS are under threat as never before from a “financial crisis” that will see annual health spending double to £230 billion a year without urgent reform. While insisting he would never privatise the NHS, Mr Lansley warns that its future as a universal service, available to all and free at the point of use will be at risk “within years” if radical change is blocked. Mr...
  • Chart-Topping UK Singer Comes Out Against National Health Care, High Taxes

    05/31/2011 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Cowman · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 31, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Chart-Topping UK Singer Comes Out Against National Health Care, High Taxes Posted on May 31, 2011 at 10:51am by Jonathon M. Seidl If youre a popular actor or singer, revealing yourself as someone with conservative principles is close to career suicide. Conservatives in Hollywood and the top-40 music industry are few and far between. But dont tell that to one of todays most popular singers in both the UK and the US. Adele the curvy, plain-looking British woman with a raspy voice is currently one the hottest singers on the radio. But now shes taking heat not...
  • Why aren't the masses joining the protests to 'Save our NHS'?

    05/30/2011 2:08:31 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 30th, 2011 | By Brendan O'Neill
    The most striking thing about the Save our NHS protests is how small they are. From the handful of professional activists who stormed a branch of NatWest at the weekend, symbolically draped in bloodied bandages, to the various die-ins staged by anti-cuts protesters who claim that the poor (a horrible Dickensian phrase) will kick the bucket if the Lib-Cons trim anything related to health, the protests have been noisy and headline-grabbing, yes, but tiny in terms of turnout. It isnt hard to see why. The NHS might be of profound symbolic importance to left-wing activists, but to the general public,...
  • Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep them alive

    05/26/2011 3:11:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2011 | Sophie Borland
    Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure to remind nurses of the most basic necessity is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards. Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders. The snapshot study, triggered by a Mail campaign, found staff routinely ignored patients calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink. Dehydration contributes to the death of more than 800 hospital patients every year....
  • Two patients died after waiting in ambulance outside 'full' Oldham hospital unit (UK)

    05/23/2011 7:41:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Two patients died after being left waiting in ambulances outside an over-stretched hospital. The patients, believed to have been in their 80s, couldnt get into the Royal Oldham Hospital for seven and 20 minutes respectively. They were assessed by ambulance crews as very sick and were both suspected of having suffered heart attacks. The A&E department was so busy that all but the most urgent cases were being sent to other hospitals at the time. All five resuscitation beds at Oldham were full. The two patients were assessed and treated by a casualty doctor and senior nurse in the ambulances....
  • MSNBC's Bashir: Britain's National Health Service 'A Wonderful Idea'

    04/27/2011 7:56:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Martin Bashir has dared to go where even most congressional Dems won't: praising Britain's National Health Service and by implication the socialization of medicine it represents. On today's Morning Joe, the British-born Bashir said the National Health Service is "a wonderful idea." View video here.
  • Surgeons raise alarm over waiting (UK National Heath Care Utopia Alert!)

    04/05/2011 7:09:16 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/5/2011 | BBC
    Surgeons say patients in some parts of England have spent months waiting in pain because of delayed operations or new restrictions on who qualifies for treatment. In several areas routine surgery was put on hold for months, while in many others new thresholds for hip and knee replacements have been introduced. The moves are part of the NHS drive to find 20bn efficiency savings by 2015.
  • Socialized Medicine Director dies waiting for Operation.

    04/04/2011 2:54:54 PM PDT · by izzatzo · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 04/04/2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Its a bit like a supermarket manager dying of starvation or a bottled-water distributor dying of thirst: In the U.K., a former National Health Service (NHS) director died while waiting for medical care at her own hospital. The Daily Mail reports:
  • Long Wait for Operation Fells UK Health Director

    04/02/2011 6:01:24 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    News Busters ^ | 2 Apr 2011 | Tim Graham
    James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal editorial page caught this story about Britain's National Health Service. "A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation--at her own hospital," London's Daily Mail reports: Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery. Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust--the organisation where his wife had...
  • NHS Buys 'Superbeds' For Obese

    03/21/2011 4:46:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | March 18, 2011 | The Daily Express
    HOSPITALS are being forced to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on super-strong beds for patients weighing up to 72 stone. NHS trusts across the country have spent five-figure sums on hiring or buying reinforced beds. The City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust spent 34,780 on five beds, and rents another four. It has also had to provide trolleys, chairs and toilets capable of holding very obese patients and make doorways bigger. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has spent 38,000 on the specialist beds, County Durham and Darlington 21,761, Newcastle 10,172 and South Tees 17,158. Officials at South Tees Hospitals...
  • Cancer sufferers refused life-extending drugs despite Government pledge (UK)

    02/27/2011 2:00:16 PM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/26/2011 | Laura Donnelly
    Their requests have been rejected by regional health authorities who were accused of operating covert blacklists to restrict dozens of treatments to save money. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than 80 cases in which desperately sick NHS patients have been refused the cancer drugs their doctor sought, in the four months since a 200 million fund was introduced to stop health authorities rationing treatments. The fund was a key move by the Coalition so that those suffering from cancer would never again be refused drugs on grounds of cost.
  • Vermont Patients Can Look Forward To NHS Quality

    02/25/2011 9:18:00 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 4 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/25/2011 | David Hogberg
    As Capital Hill noted last month, Vermont looks to be on the way to establishing a single-payer health care system. The single-payer fever is spreading throughout New England. This week the head of MassHealth, Massachusetts Medicaid program, said he favors a single-payer system too. New Englanders would do well to point-and-click their way over to Patient Opinion, a website that collects both compliments and complaints about the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.
  • NHS bosses' pay soars 50% as thousands of doctors and nurses face axe

    02/23/2011 9:37:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/23/11 | Sophie Borland
    NHS bosses in charge of hospitals being forced to sack thousands of staff have seen their pay soar by up to 50 per cent in the past five years, it has emerged. The chief executives at trusts facing the worst cutbacks are now on lucrative salaries far higher than the Prime Ministers, with some earning more than 200,000. And most handed themselves comfortable pay rises last year even though hundreds of their own staff were being made redundant to reduce costs.
  • Elderly facing eviction from NHS beds: After damning report on hospital care, legal moves to force..

    02/15/2011 7:34:21 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | Feb. 16, 2011 | Sophie Borland
    Trespassing laws are to be used to evict elderly patients who block hospital beds. Pensioners reluctant to go home often because they are too frail or confused to cope on their own will be given 48 hours to leave. If they refuse, NHS trusts will seek a court order for possession of their bed. The bed-blockers could even be forced to pay the legal fees incurred. The extraordinary plans, which emerged on the day an official report accused the Health Service of betraying the elderly, were condemned as inhumane. Katherine Murphy of the Patients Association said: This is...
  • NHS shamed over callous treatment of elderly

    02/14/2011 5:04:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2/14/11 | Martin Beckford
    A study of pensioners who suffered appalling treatment at the hands of doctors and nurses says that half were not given enough to eat or drink. One family member said the maltreatment amounted to euthanasia. Some were left unwashed or in soiled clothes, while others were forgotten after being sent home or given the wrong medication. In several cases considered by the Health Service Ombudsman, patients died without loved ones by their sides because of the casual indifference of staff and their bewildering disregard for peoples needs.
  • Less than a third support health reforms that will allow private companies to provide NHS

    01/30/2011 11:41:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/30/11 | Staff
    Radical health reforms which will allow private companies to provide NHS services, have less than a third of the public's support, a poll has revealed. The YouGov survey found only 27 percent of people are behind controversial plans proposed by health secretary Andrew Lansley to let profit-making companies increase their role in the service. The shake-up dubbed by experts as the 'biggest' in NHS history will allow GPs in England the power to commission 80 billion of treatment for patients - 80 per cent of the entire health service budget - from 'any willing provider'.
  • Now the NHS pays 1,000 for a bottle of salt water! (Socialized Medicine)

    01/26/2011 1:47:24 PM PST · by bronxville · 2 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 25th, 2011 | Adele Waters
    Last week, we revealed the NHS is being charged 175 for paracetamol. But as this investigation shows, that's just the tip of the iceberg A pharmacist was shocked to discover an invoice for salt water charing 570. He has been told it soon will be 1,000 Thousands of patients who have difficulty swallowing pills find taking their medicine in this form difficult if not impossible. As a result, these patients are prescribed their medication in a liquid state. But few of them would realise medicine suppliers are profiteering from their frailty. Last week, Henrietta Spink wrote in the Mail...
  • Id sooner let a Tesco butcher fix my toe than ask the NHS

    01/24/2011 9:09:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/24/11 | Melissa Kite
    The last time I went to my local hospital, they made me fill in a questionnaire about my drinking habits before they would even look at my injury, writes Melissa Kite. For three weeks Ive been limping around on a broken toe. The horse stamped on it and Im in agony, but Im not going to get it seen to because I do not want to go anywhere near my local hospital. Im sorry, I know I will get complaints from doctors and nurses about how hard they work. I know the NHS is a sacred institution that must not...
  • Editorial: U.K. Vs. ObamaCare

    01/18/2011 8:13:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 18, 2011 | Staff
    Medicine: As the House moves to repeal the nationalization of health care, Britain plans to take a scalpel to its National Health Service, opening it up to competition and letting doctors and patients call the shots. It was both a stunning admission and a damning indictment of socialized medicine when British Prime Minister David Cameron in effect admitted that the holy grail of nationalized health care, the British National Health Service (NHS), was broken and in need of fixing. In a speech outlining public-sector reforms to be introduced in a bill Wednesday, Cameron promised to get rid of "top-down, command-and-control...
  • U.K. Vs. ObamaCare

    01/18/2011 7:11:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Faily ^ | January 18, 2011 | IBD staff
    Medicine: As the House moves to repeal the nationalization of health care, Britain plans to take a scalpel to its National Health Service, opening it up to competition and letting doctors and patients call the shots. It was both a stunning admission and a damning indictment of socialized medicine when British Prime Minister David Cameron in effect admitted that the holy grail of nationalized health care, the British National Health Service (NHS), was broken and in need of fixing. In a speech outlining public-sector reforms to be introduced in a bill Wednesday, Cameron promised to get rid of "top-down, command-and-control...
  • NHS patients to be offered free private treatment (while we slip into socialism)

    01/18/2011 6:35:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/19/11
    NHS patients will be able to get free treatment almost anywhere they want public or private under radical reforms unveiled today. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will change the law to allow the public to choose where they would like to be treated, as long as it meets NHS standards and doesnt cost the taxpayer more. Patients will even be able to pick their GP and decide which clinical team treats them in hospital, while communities will get greater powers to stop the closure of maternity and A&E departments. The changes are part of the Health and Social Care...
  • David Cameron accused of destroying NHS with privatisation plans (UK's Commiecare)

    01/17/2011 6:23:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Mirror ^ | 1/17/11 | Jason Beattie
    David Cameron accused of destroying NHS with privatisation plansby Jason Beattie, Daily Mirror 17/01/2011 DOCTORS last night accused David Cameron of plotting to smash up the NHS as he sets out plans to rush through privatisation of the historic public service. Critics fear the move will lead to closed hospitals, lengthy waiting lists, rationed medicines and a steep decline in the quality of care for patients. And staff warn health reforms he will put before Parliament on Wednesday will spell the end of the NHS as we know it in a kick in the teeth for the dedicated staff who...
  • Britain has 12 months to save schools and NHS, David Cameron warns

    01/16/2011 6:36:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/16/11 | James Kirkup
    The Prime Minister will use his first major speech of the year to initiate a new debate on public service reform, while defending controversial Coalition policies on schools and the NHS, and paving the way for more far-reaching reforms. The coming year will be critical for the Coalition's public service reforms, beginning a process that will bring about the "complete modernisation" of public services including health, education and justice, the Prime Minister will say. [Snip] Without change, children will be poorly educated, patients badly treated in the NHS and public faith in law and order will be further eroded, he
  • NHS should outsource more call centres and offices to India to save millions, says top health

    01/03/2011 1:19:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/3/11 | Staff
    The NHS should move more call centres and offices to India if it wants to beat the spending cuts, a key government health adviser has claimed. John Neilson, managing director of NHS Shared Business Services, said millions of pounds could be saved by outsourcing health administration overseas. He said Indian workers were so good that the only hurdle to such a plan would be British patients' unwillingness to book appointments with foreign operators. (Snip) Call centres in India already handle invoices and other administration for some trusts at a fraction of what it would cost in the UK.
  • NHS Direct 'at breaking point': Patients waiting two days for help in worst flu outbreak

    12/22/2010 8:19:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 8+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/22/10 | Louise Eccles & Sophie Borland
    The NHS Direct helpline is at breaking point as parts of Britain experience the worst flu outbreak in a decade. Patients calling the service are being forced to wait up to two days before they can speak to a nurse, and managers have launched an emergency recruitment drive. GPs in the worst-affected areas are being paid up to 188 an hour to work over Christmas and help deal with soaring numbers of cases. (Snip) The latest infection rate figures show that there are now 87.1 cases per 100,000 people, up from 32.8 per 100,000 last week.
  • XMRV: Raising the Issue of Contamination. (Brits try to debunk XMRV-CFS link, US objects)

    12/21/2010 9:39:38 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2010 | Amy Dockser Marcus
    Four papers published today in the journal Retrovirologyand a fifth one commenting on the papersdemonstrated how easy it is for mouse contamination to skew lab experiments involving the virus XMRV. But they are unlikely to resolve the debate over whether XMRV is linked to diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome or prostate cancer, especially since the authors of the papers disagree on the interpretation of their data. Greg J. Towers from University College London, a senior author of one of the papers, told the Health Blog that his groups findings indicate that XMRV is not a human pathogen. But John M....
  • NHS reaching 'breaking point', doctors warn

    12/10/2010 8:39:16 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 10, 2010 | Rebecca Smith
    Financial pressures may mean junior doctors are not given training posts within the NHS and the overall number of places at medical school could drop, a report has said. This is despite extra burdens on the health service, including European rules limiting doctors' hours, more hospital admissions and people living longer than ever before, according to the study from the UK Royal Colleges of Physicians (RCP). Those specialties dedicated to looking after very ill people are facing particular strain, it said. Dr Andrew Goddard, RCP director of medical workforce, said the combination of factors was 'adding further stress to a...
  • NHS death rates better - but some trusts still too high

    11/28/2010 8:06:12 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27
    An analysis of deaths in English hospitals has found 19 NHS trusts have higher rates than would be expected. But monitoring body Dr Foster's report on 147 trusts shows an improvement on 2009, when the figure was 27. The survey also shows that four trusts had a higher than expected number of patients who died after surgery. The NHS Confederation said the report showed where the NHS "could do better". The government says unsafe care will not be tolerated. However, Patients Association chief executive Katherine Murphy said safety was still "clearly not the top priority" of every NHS organization. "We...
  • Krugman Endorses Death Panels

    11/16/2010 6:12:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 16, 2010 | Staff
    Health Reform: The left's favorite economist, who condemned others for saying ObamaCare would require death panels, now admits they are real and necessary. The way to control costs, he says, is death and taxes. Paul Krugman has long extolled the virtues of Britain's National Health Service and its National Institute for Clinical Excellence with the Orwellian acronym of NICE. Krugman has been anything but nice to NHS critics and those who've said that what have been called its "death panels" would be brought to America via ObamaCare. In a roundtable discussion on ABC's "This Week," the New York Times columnist...
  • If I had waited a month for a scan, I would not be here

    11/08/2010 9:20:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 11/8/10 | Elizabeth Grice
    Ali Stunt stunned doctors when she beat the odds and survived pancreatic cancer. She talks to Elizabeth Grice about the need for early diagnosis. As soon as she regained consciousness, Ali Stunt checked the clock in the recovery room. It was 1.30pm. The time told her all she needed to know: instead of having been wheeled back to the hospital ward as inoperable, shed had five hours of surgery to remove a cancerous growth in her pancreas. Bleary as she was, she understood the significance of waking up in the afternoon. It meant they had managed to operate and that...
  • Asthma injection for children too expensive for NHS: NICE (UK)

    10/27/2010 8:29:09 AM PDT · by erikm88 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/27/2010 | Rebecca Smith
    Children with severe asthma should not be given a new injection that can cut the number of severe attacks they suffer, because it is too expensive, the NHS drugs rationing body has said. The drug called omalizumab, marketed as Xolair, is given as a monthly injection by a doctor and has been shown to reduce the number of times a child has a severe attack.
  • Nurse caught on CCTV turning off paralysed patient's life support machine

    10/25/2010 4:29:06 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 42 replies ^ | 10/25/10 | Murray Wardrop
    The 37-year-old, left paralysed from the neck down following a car accident in 2002, had a bedside camera set up at his home after becoming concerned about the standard of care he was receiving. Footage recorded only a few days after it was installed shows Miss Aylward fiddling with the ventilator before a high-pitched warning tone sounds, indicating it is switched off. Mr Merrett is then left fighting for life as the nurse panics about what to do next, unable to restart the ventilator or properly operate resuscitation equipment. It was not until 21 minutes later that paramedics who rushed...
  • Nurse pulls tooth from man's ear canal

    10/17/2010 8:36:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct. 18, 2010 | ninemsn staff
    A British man who endured agonising earaches for 33 years says he can finally sleep easy after doctors removed a tooth from his ear canal. Stephen Hirst said he went to hospital for one final attempt to diagnose the source of the pain when the nurse made the discovery, the Daily Express reports. "The nurse put a suction tube in my ear and cleaned it, then she had a go with a microscope probe and finally used some tweezers," Mr Hirst was quoted as saying. "She said she couldnt believe what shed found in my ear and showed me the...
  • A quarter of junior doctors drop out of NHS training as EU ruling limits time spent on wards

    09/06/2010 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/6/10 | Paul Bentley
    An EU ruling that limits the amount of time junior doctors spend on wards during the day has led to almost a quarter dropping out of NHS training after two years. And of those trainee doctors who do continue their training, more than a fifth are now turned down because they lack sufficient skills or experience. The findings come from first survey into doctors training since the chaotic introduction of a European directive which has put a cap on the working hours of junior doctors. Under the Working Time Directive, which was fully implemented in the NHS last August, junior...
  • 'We'll do cancer scan on Monday...if she's still alive': Agony of family of dying grandmother

    08/21/2010 2:04:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8/21/10 | Emily Andrews
    As a hospital cleaner, Margaret Cummins dedicated years of her life to the Health Service. She would keep the buildings spick and span - and go out of her way to help the sick and reassure those in distress. But if she expected a little respect in return when she became a cancer patient, she was very wrong. Instead, the 74-year-old's family were told that she could not have a vital scan because that particular unit was closed at weekends. The locum doctor said: 'We'll do it on Monday - if she's still here.' That crass remark was among 36...
  • Death Panels Begin As Reform Takes Shape

    08/18/2010 4:52:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Medicine: After the recess appointment of a Medicare and Medicaid head, an FDA panel drops its endorsement of a widely used cancer drug. Another FDA-approved cancer therapy may not be paid for. It begins. It didn't take long for the health care philosophy of Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's choice to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and an appointee we have labeled a "one-man death panel," to have an effect. Berwick is an admirer of Britain's National Health Service and its National Institute for Clinical Excellence, with the Orwellian-acronym NICE. "NICE," Berwick has said, "is extremely effective...
  • Councils pay for prostitutes for the disabled

    08/15/2010 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/14/10 | Laura Donnelly, Michael Howie and Ben Leach
    One local authority is using its budget to pay for the services of a prostitute in Amsterdam, while others have said visits to lap dancing clubs are permissible under new policies which transfer funds directly to those who receive care from social services. Holidays abroad, subscriptions for internet dating and driving lessons have all been funded by the taxpayer under a national initiative introduced by the last Government. New homes to be part-funded by GovernmentThe 520 million scheme promised to give elderly people and those with disabilities more control over the care they received, by passing on cash so individuals...