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NHS Audit Commission Warns Possible Financial Collapse In Sussex And Surrey

Medical and surgical services provided by NHS could suffer a big blow if the financial condition in two counties (Surrey and Sussex) failed to improve, warned the Audit Commission.// The prevalence of a weak financial management, in addition to lack of proper response to problems addressed by district auditors have been accounted for the present condition. ..The financial deficit faced by primar...

Crisis Time In Wales NHS Dentistry

Dentists in Wales are warning that many more practioners could start private practices if there is no solution forthcoming from the NHS. //The problem is to do with heavy workloads and dentists are threatening to take action by going private if their loads are not lightened. ....The UK as a whole in the grip of a dental crisis that threatens to go out of control, thus affecting thousands of poor...

NHS Staff To Face Ban On Smoking

The employees of the Suffolk East Primary Care Trust will be banned from smoking, even during off duty hours, as long as they are wearing their identification// badge or uniform. The ban on smoking which is planned will be applicable to patients, contractors, visitors, volunteers and other people who visit the premises of the Trust. The Suffolk East Primary Care Trusts' (PCT) combined board has b...

NHS Honours Nurse From India

The health sector of England has both doctors and nurses of Indian origin in large number. Some estimate this to be almost 20 percent.// The National Health Service (NHS) of England has honoured Jaswant Sira, from the Birmingham Children's Hospital, in the Wellchild awards. ..Jaswant is specialist nurse who works with children affected by hepatitis has been honoured in a national competition...

NHS Dentistry Faces Pensioners’ Delug

The NHS Dentistry faces further problems as it has emerged that more and more senior citizens are able to retain their own teeth and do not need the support of dentures, according// to a study by the British Society of Gerodontology. ..The study says that as older people retain their own teeth, dentists have to do more restorative work like crowns, fillings and periodontal procedures like cleani...

Older generation might pose a threat to increase the NHS budget

A research in the United Kingdom by Dr Foster and his team reported that by 2031 there will be an increase in the number of old people, increase in the requirement of health care facilities for them. // ..Statistics show us that UK older generation is pressurizing the National Health Sector (NHS).There is an increased rate of Coronary Heart Diseases (CHD), heart attacks and other heart related pr...

NHS faces mental health crisis; 'risky' patients sent home

Thousands of patients who need psychiatric care in the UK are being detained in expensive private hospitals or being denied treatment, owing to a massive shortage // of NHS beds. ..The National Health System psychiatry is engaged in perpetual crisis management, with patients being sent home at night or on long-term leave to clear ward space, according to inspectors from the Mental Health Act Co...

British MPs Say Prostate Cancer Receives Low Priority in the NHS

The House of Commons public accounts committee (PAC) in the UK has severely criticized the NHS for failing to supply accurate information about cancer to patients. The committee also castigated the NHS for according a low priority to prostate cancer as compared to some other cancers. // ..The report also said that most terminally ill cancer patients were not aware of disability benefits that coul...

Doctors In UK Have Reservations About NHS Plan

The plan to scale down the number of hospital admissions which are unnecessary is at risk, as the general practitioners refuse to operate their own budgets// . The proposals of the Government will be unveiled towards end January 2006 which will enable better access to sexual health clinics. This plan depends to a very great extent upon doctors to commission the new services. Most of the doctors i...

Shortage of NHS funds: Many Couples Denied Infertility Treatment

Infertility treatment is being denied to thousands of couples, currently on the NHS, despite the government guidelines that call for equality in access to related health care services. //This could be partly attributed to stringent criteria for the provision of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other modalities. ....A majority of the primary health c...

NHS financial crisis may lead to roll back of flexi-work scheme and private acquisition

Deficit in NHS fund has lead to cancellation of subsidized flexible working for NHS doctors, the part-time flexible working scheme which was introduced four years back by the Government is being rolled back// due to financial crisis in the NHS fund. The Private hospitals have also showed interest to acquisition of NHS funded government hospitals which are working in a horrible situation due to fi...

NHS To Pay More Attention To Its Finances

The Health Secretary of the UK Patricia Hewitt, will call for better financial management of clinical objectives, and also call for a halt to the existing handout culture.// As per the new system that she is calling for, the survival of the health trusts will depend upon their capacity to attract patients. The first rulebook which is expected to be issued soon to the NHS managers which will seek...

NHS To Continue Providing Alzheimer's Drugs

The NHS will continue to provide crucial drugs to patients who suffer from moderate dementia, according to the revised plans which have been unveiled. // There were protests from campaigners and doctors earlier when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) had announced that Alzheimer's drugs were no longer cost effective, and the NHS will not provide them. As many as thre...

Walk-In Health Centers Launched By The NHS For Commuters

Patients can now get treated on their way to office or back home, with the launch of unique walk-in-service centers at London Liverpool Street and Manchester Piccadilly train stations//. This patient friendly system eliminates the need for a prior appointment and can be availed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ......Such a specialized NHS service would not have been possible if not for the request of the...

NHS 24: A complete makeover

The medical director of the service NHS 24 has said that there has been a complete makeover and various reforms have been incorporated in the working of the system. // This was done after the death two patients who did not receive timely help from the NHS 24 service. ..The death of a 17-year-old schoolgirl Shomi Miah and 30-year-old joiner Steven Wiseman has spoilt the reputation of the NHS 24 h...

NHS To Achieve Waiting Figure Target By 2008

The National Health Services (NHS) patients, currently on a six-month waiting list would be promptly attended to following the Government report that would be released this Friday. // ....The health officials had stated earlier that the maximum waiting period would not exceed six months, if they were to be admitted to a hospital by the end of 2005. This in fact was one of the targets of the NHS...

NHS Trust Would Soon Take On The Hospital Superbug

With the increasing threat of hospital-acquired infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), it has been planned to send specialized squad teams to major hospital trusts // in an attempt to restrict spread of the deadly infection. ....Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the three health care trusts that has expressed interest in participation of a Government scheme...

NHS Says Government Advice Behind Refusal of Cancer Drug

NHS chiefs have informed a court that they took the advice of the government in refusing to provide the breast cancer drug Herceptin to a mother of three children. Swindon NHS chiefs said that the denial of the drug to Ann Marie Rogers was issued after taking advice from their superiors.// ..Herceptin is not licensed for early stage breast cancer, but women in the UK are suing the NHS for its fa...

Blair Welcomes 11 Private Healthcare Providers into NHS

British Prime Minister Tony Blair today formally inducted 11 private healthcare providers into the public NHS system thereby taking a further step towards increasing competition in the health sector. //Mr Blair and the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, welcomed the new members at a summit held at Downing Street to mark the launch of NHS Partners Network. ..The partners signed a document pledgin...

Nursing A Threat : NHS Nurses May Stage A Royal Protest

The Royal College of Nursing has warned that almost one third of the Nurses will refuse to work overtime, if they are not compensated for it. Further, they have indicated that anything less than a 3% payaward, would tantamount to NHS losing almost one day per week of an NHS’ nurse service. // ..NHS nurses work overtime on an avergae of 6.5 hours each week, for which they are not compensated,...

Government, Aids NHS, Re-focus On Sexual Health Initiatives

London – Sexual Health occupies an important position on the National Health Service’s Mandate, as per the Government’s announcement last month. The obvious reason, clinics in Britain are ill-equipped to service customers for sexually transmitted diseases. // ..During a recent survey conducted to ascertain the exact position of facilities available, almost one in three doctors expressed that se...

Prescription to NHS: Nourish the Malnourished, For a Well-Fed Economy!

Patients, most often the elderly are wanting in good health and nourishment. Now, Doctors and nurses in the NHS have been asked to give better care, especially to elderly patients who are deficient in nourishment.// ..The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has recommended initial screening of all out-patients, prior to admission, so that malnutrition can be detected bef...

Will Baby Jabs Play Truant? NHS Says “No”, Alternate Systems in Plae

Health chiefs have said “negative” to allegations that a perceived problem with the computer system managed by a private set up, will upset the immunization// schedule of thousands of babies and young children. ..This system was initiated as part of the Health IT initiative by the Government, to track the immunization schedule of babies and children. Subsequent to the problem, it is estimated th...

Single Women with Baby Cravings Can Actually Cradle their Own, Courtesy NHS

Single Women who wish to have children of their own are growing in number, and this has led to a novel scheme whereby single women in their 30’s and 40’s desirous of having a child are going to be given free fertility treatment on the National Health Service.// ....Hospital administration is re-working the policy to help women have children without their partners. Camden primary care trust in L...

A 15p increase in an NHS Prescription Cost

The cost of an NHS prescription in England is in for a raise, and slated to go up by 15p, much below the inflation rate, with effect from April, 2006. // The cost of a prescription now will be £6.65, and this increase will give the NHS nearly £430m extra in revenue. ....The charge for a prescription prepayment certificate will also be up by 75p - to £34.65 for a period of four months, and by £2....

NHS To Screen Newborn Babies For Hearing Impairment

The NHS is proposing to screen 1,600 babies each day for hearing tests so that all parents in England can have their doubts cleared away. The NHS New-born Hearing Screening // Programme will screen for hearing defects that might have been missed at birth. .."Over 1,000 babies are born each year in England with deafness or hearing loss in one, or both, ears," said Professor Adrian Davis, direc...

Taylor & Campbell Quitting NHS

Taylor and Campbell in Portland Square are quitting the NHS on April 1. Dentists in England and Wales have to sign up the new national health contracts by April 1st. Several Cumbrian practices have // already opted out. Previously dentists had to give their patients three months notice when leaving the NHS. ..But now due to the new contract and patients are receiving just a few days notice. The...

NHS Dentist Overworked

According to the National Health Service (NHS) information centre the Scots are facing a severe backlog in trying to match the workload and the number of NHS dentist//. ....They fear that there would not be enough practitioners to satisfy public demand. The British Dental Association said that the NHS is forcing the dentists out. According to the figures complied by the NHS information and stati...

Taylor & Campbell Quitting NHS

Taylor and Campbell in Portland Square are quitting the NHS on April 1. Dentists in England and Wales have to sign up the new national health contracts by April 1st. // Several Cumbrian practices have already opted out. Previously dentists had to give their patients three months notice when leaving the NHS. ..But now due to the new contract and patients are receiving just a few days notice. The...

NHS in Welsh under a huge debt of £70

The National Health Service in Wales will end this financial year £71m in debt, opposition parties have said. ..Opposition parties have said that confirmed by the National Health Service in Wales will end this financial year £71m in debt. //This information has also been confirmed by the assembly government. It is a combination of historic debt and this year's deficit. The total budget for the We...

NHS Trust Wants Abortion Mother's Case To Be Dismissed

Hospital bosses are taking steps to see that the woman who sued them for £250,000 over failure to abort the fetus of a twin//. Stacey Dow eventually gave birth to her daughter Jayde and sued the Perth Royal Infirmary for negligence and asked for maintenance for the girl. ..However, the Perth Sheriff Court was told that Ms Dow then aged 16 was given no guarantees that the abortion would be succe...

New Government Contract Forces Dentists To Quit The NHS

Acute shortage of dentists in south western England forces many in need of dental services to travel nearly 40 miles to get registered under an NHS dentist//. A new patient from south Devon would have to travel at least 50 miles away, to locate a dentist at Northam, near Bideford. The same applies for somebody living in Cornwall, situated 50 miles away from Northam. ....Furthermore, nearly 15,...

NHS Dentistry Would Worsen After the New Reforms

NHS doctors say that after the new reforms very few patients were expected to come in. the main reason being that there is a radical overhaul of dental charges to take effect next week. // This has angered the dentists who are threatening to leave the NHS. A survey showed that out of 45 local dentists in England 23 responded saying that this would be the net result. ..The survey was carried out...

Overweight Briton Underwent Successful Surgery In India Being Denied By NHS

A Briton underwent a successful life-changing operation in India and returned home satisfied, after being denied by National Health Service (NHS), for being// overweight. ..David Rogers, 62, from Abbeydale, Worcestershire, was told by the NHS that he was too overweight for the double hip and knee replacements that he desperately needed. Weighing almost 140 kg, he was told that he was about 37 kg...

NHS Forced to Borrow Money at Rates of 10 percent

Rising debts are forcing NHS to borrow money at rates of 10 percent from NHS banks. These rates are much higher than those offered by other street banks. Traditionally the NHS// in collaboration with the Department of Health lent money with no charge. ..However from April the charge on borrowing could be 10% while those NHS trusts that invested their profits could receive interest of about 20%....

NHS Downsizes Medication Goes Online

NHS Direct is a part of National Health Service (NHS) that offers support to patients over the phone. It is a telephone advice service which has decided// to cut hundreds of jobs as part of a restructuring programme. ..The organisation said that discussions were still going on about the issue. But unions fear that as many as 1,000 jobs would be lost at NHS Direct. This was set up eight years ago...

NHS announces further Cost cutting Measures

Debt- ridden NHS hospitals have announced further job cuts with three NHS hospitals in Worcestershire being the latest hit. The affected hospitals are the Worcestershire Royal Hospital// in Worcester, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, and Kidderminster Hospital. ....The hospitals which were run by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, will decrease approximately 15 percent of their sta...

NHS To Be Reformed By Using A Hybrid Approach

Tony Blair said that the fundamental reform of NHS funding and structure would come to an end by 2008. By then the Prime Minister said that the health services// would offer the patients with an 18-week gap between a patient seeing a doctor and going in for an operation. It is the first time that the health service has come up with an answer for the NHS to continue its work. The Doctors for Refor...

NHS Recommends Further Cost Cutting Measures

Acting head of the NHS, Sir Ian Carruthers, has proposed cost cutting measures to reduce the estimated £750 million NHS deficit//. ..He proposes to unveil his plan at a No 10 seminar to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. Sir Ian believes the £10.3 billion spent every year on drugs and the £1 billion on temporary staff need to be reduced. Fears that patients would not be given expensive treatments fr...

One in Ten NHS Dentists Refused To Sign the New Contract

It was a very gloomy scenario when one in ten dentists fail to sign the new contract. Due to this a million patients have lost their access to NHS dental care//. About 2,100 practitioners rejected the new shake-up of the service designed to simplify charges, reduce unnecessary consultations and improve access. Statistics shows that previously there were two million people who were unable to get...
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