Department of Health

Listening to London GPs

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

I believe wholeheartedly in consultation, engagement, empowerment, and ownership. But not as just buzz words to drop into meetings. Rather, I believe in what these words stand for at their best: genuine conversations between practitioners, partners, patients, policy makers and even politicians; shared insights into what works and what needs work; and a commitment to agreeing and delivering change, and all that that entails.

Moving Forward

Kat Pugh | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Recovery is not a straightforward process. There are plenty of treatment options available (unfortunately at a price, but hopefully this will change...but they do exist), and some treatments are more appropriate for different types of eating disorders, others suit a person better.

Experiencing Stigma and Eating Disorders

Kat Pugh | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

If I could have things any other way, I would not choose to spend so much time planning my meals, working out my feelings to avoid potential anxiety attacks later on in the day, and all the money I and my parents have spent on therapy over the years.

Rare Disease Day 2015: Why We Need to Care for the Rare

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Louisa Ackermann

It is clear that researching rare conditions often leads to greater insights about other conditions with similar characteristics - this helps develop more targeted treatments, and move away from a 'one size fits all' approach to medicine.

One Step Closer to Plain Cigarette Packaging

Ann McKechin | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

With the big tobacco companies so focussed on attracting young smokers through pack design, plain packaging is a key step for any country to introduce in the battle to lessen the consequences of smoking to the health service and society in general. Too many people are needlessly dying prematurely because of smoking and too many young people are still being hooked - let's use the next few weeks to save lives and reduce the burden on our NHS.

Britain's First Private-Run Hospital Is Going Bust

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics

The debate over NHS privatisation has been reignited just months before the general election as the first private healthcare operator to run an NHS ho...

How to Solve 'the NHS Problem', Part Four

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

There is still time for all the parties to invest in original thinking and creative advice at a more upstream level. But not much.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..

Unions In Uproar As Hunt Mulls Privatising Another NHS Service

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of having "no interest" in the National Health Service's future amid reports that his department may sell off its main su...

Britain's First Ebola Victim Is Flown Home In Hi-Tech Quarantine

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

A volunteer nurse, thought to be a man in his 20s, working on the frontline on the fight against Ebola, has landed back in Britain for treatment in a ...

British National Tests Positive For Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK

A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is currently being assessed by medical experts, the Department o...

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 23.04.2014 | 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.