Department of Health

Doctors 'Outraged' Over Pay Deal

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK

Doctors have been left with a "deep sense of outrage" over the Health Secretary's "failure" to grant them a basic 1% pay rise, the British Medical Ass...

I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Pugh

In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.

The Outsourcing Age: How the Government Wasted £10Billion

Hugo Winn | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Winn

We must set better regulation and improve scrutiny before handing out public sector contracts the size of NPfIT, so that no company is able to dupe our government and its shareholders into thinking it is capable of contracts it is not.

Leading Autism Diagnosis Survey Says NHS Still Not Doing Enough to Shorten Autism Diagnosis Times

Jo Worgan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Wednesday Feb 5, Anna Kennedy OBE and Austin Hughes Senior Officer from Anna Kennedy Online, met with Dept. of Health officials to discuss the findings of their recent Autism Diagnosis Survey in the UK results.

Women Rate the Quality of NHS Maternity Care

Dr Dan Poulter | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Dan Poulter

Since our Prime Minister David Cameron introduced it last year for hospital patients, we have had instant feedback from over 1.3million people - and there is clear evidence our NHS is responding well.

More Than A Quarter Of NHS Trusts 'High Risk' For Patients

PA | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

More than a quarter of NHS trusts have been identified as high risk and may not be offering safe, good-quality care to patients, a new report shows. ...

Are Health Tourists Really Costing Us £70m?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

Health tourists could owe the country more than £500m, money that could be clawed back by the NHS if it had a better system for charging foreign nati...

The Most Dangerous Position In Britain Today Is... 'To Be A Female Foetus'

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The most dangerous position in Britain today is to be a female foetus, a Tory MP claimed today amid a row on alleged gender selection abortion. Sir...

Hunt (Sort Of) Apologises To Burnham For 'Cover-Up' Tweet

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has attempted to calm a dramatic escalation of hostilities between himself and his Labour counterpart Andy Burnham - who ...

Rise in Hospital 'Never Events' Is a Real Concern Whichever Way You Look at It

Suzanne Trask | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Suzanne Trask

The sharp rise in the reported number of patients suffering 'never events' - events that should never happen, some of which are potentially fatal - over the past year is deeply concerning, even if some of it may be down to more accurate reporting.

Health Supplements Benefits - Are There Any?

Sian Breslin | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food."... I live by this quote and always try to use food and nutrition to keep myself healthy and combat any ailments.

The True Cost Of NHS Pay-Offs

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of wasting £1.4 billion of NHS funding on redundancy pay-offs, with more than 950 health workers received six-figure exit...

Prioritising Patient Safety in the NHS

Professor Don Berwick | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Don Berwick

Our report recommends the NHS puts quality of care, and particularly patient safety, above all other aims. Patients should be at the centre of everything the NHS does, engaged both in their own healthcare and in the way the system works, from the frontline to Whitehall.

Make Your Last Gift Matter

Anna Soubry | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Anna Soubry

Since taking up my post at the Department of Health I have seen, first-hand, the work done every day by doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and everyone else that makes up our great NHS, to improve and restore the health of our nation. However sometimes a patient's fate is out of their control and in the hands of someone like me and you - an organ donor.

Britain Could Become First To Permit Three-Parent Babies

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK

Britain could become the first country in the world to permit babies to be born with three genetic parents by the end of next year. A landmark deci...

The Care Quality Commission Cover Up Is Not the Biggest Cover Up of All in the NHS

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

It has been reported that Jeremy Hunt will today say that the names of the doctor and nurse "ultimately responsible" for a patient should be placed above every hospital bed in Britain. We detect an attempt to shift blame away from the NHS leadership and higher regulatory bodies, towards doctors and nurses struggling at the coal face often under impossible conditions.

'No Evidence' That Breast Cancer Screening Affects Death Rates Amongst Women

PA | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Breast cancer screening programmes have yet to show a reduction in the number of women who die from the disease, researchers said. A new study sugg...

NHS and Government Have No Policy on Alcohol

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

It's becoming increasingly obvious that the Health Department and NHS have no policy about the ever increasing alcohol epidemic beyond repeating "something must be done" and making sure that nothing gets in the way of the drinks companies maximising their profits.

'You're More Likely To Be Treated By An Immigrant Than See One In Care'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

A Conservative MP has proposed a crackdown on healthcare for immigrants to solve the A&E crisis. But a doctors' leader told him he was more likely ...

Jessica Elgot

Don't Blame GPs For A&E Crisis, Says Burnham

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics

Shadow health minister Andy Burnham has admitted there were "problems" with the GP out-of-hours service reforms introduced by the Labour government, b...

'Very Serious Concerns' Over 111 Service

PA | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK

At least 22 "potentially serious" incidents - three involving deaths - have been recorded in connection with the new NHS 111 advice line, it has been ...

Why Is Social Care Facing the Deepest Cuts?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Few people realise that social care will be cut by 33% by 2015 and on current projections will be cut by 50% by 2018. This is the deepest cut to any part of the welfare state since its creation and yet it is going entirely unnoticed. How has this happened?

The Department of Health: A Deadly 'Delegocracy'

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

It was via the process of writing to David Nicholson to request a meeting to discuss the possibility of a Department of Health analysis of Dr Phillip Lee MP's hospital plan that I chanced upon the deadly organisational species of a 'delegocracy'.

The NHS Is 'Not Ready' For Controversial Reorganisation

Posted 01.04.2013 | UK

Health experts have issued a stark warning that the NHS is "not ready" on the day that massive changes in the organisation come into effect. The He...

111 Helpline Could Put Patients At Risk, Doctors Warn

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK

The new 111 non-emergency helpline is putting patient safety at risk, doctors have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) has written to Sir...