UK Healthcare

Man Attempts Rattlesnake Selfie... Ends Up With £96k Medical Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

A man injured whilst attempting to take a selfie with a rattlesnake has released images of his $150,000 (£96,200) hospital bill. Todd Fassier, wh...

Ten Years of Change, And Still We're Failing Sepsis Sufferers

Dr Ron Daniels | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Dr Ron Daniels

Public awareness is still far too low, but the symptoms - which include diarrhoea, muscle pain, mottled or discoloured skin, itching, difficulty passing urine, chills and shivering, fever, and fast breathing - can be spotted by friends and family, or even the patient themselves. Until we all start to suspect sepsis, and say sepsis, the outlook won't get better.

Charity Partnerships, Empowered Patients and the Future of the NHS

Chris Spencer | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

"The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health". It's a statement clear in its message and blunt in its truth.

Should New Mums Pay for a Bit of Postnatal Peace and Quiet?

Catherine Ball | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Parents
Catherine Ball

For the princely sum of £95 a night, new mums will be able to upgrade their NHS hospital experience as they bond with their baby with partners welcome to stay too (if they can stomach a night sleeping on a reclining chair).

Seven-Day Vision Must Recognise Present-Day Reality

Professor Karen Middleton | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
Professor Karen Middleton

So what Mr Cameron should have said was this: 'We can have, where clinically-appropriate and fully resourced, a truly seven-day NHS, assuming, of course, we can ensure that staff are fairly rewarded and also fully involved in designing the specific services that patients actually require, and desire, all week-round'.

Seven-Day NHS Pledge Faces Age-Old Issue

Chris Spencer | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

There is one story dominating healthcare headlines right now - the government's pledge to deliver "a truly seven-day NHS". It's a commitment we all welcome in principle, but with dwindling GP numbers, tight budgets and concerns over existing primary and secondary care workloads, it has prompted a collective eyebrow raise and the question, 'how'?

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Safer Healthcare: How to Prevent Patients From Picking Up Infections in Hospital

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Hospitals are meant to make you better, but sometimes patients leave in a worse state than when they arrived. Some 8-12% of patients in EU hospitals...

The Cost of Providing the World's Poorest People With Their Own National Health Service

Jeremy Horner | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

Today the Overseas Development Institute are releasing a report called 'Financing the Future' which shows that free basic universal healthcare would cost $74 billion a year to deliver in the 33 poorest countries - equivalent to just 4% of total bailout support provided to the banks by the UK Government.

The Balancing Act of Living With Chronic Pain

Jade Hamnett | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Hamnett

Once someone has exhausted the over-the-counter options, it can be a difficult decision to go to the doctor to ask for something different. It shouldn't be. Pain deserves to be managed as well as any other symptom of a condition, but there seems to be far more judgement intrinsically linked.

The Next Five Years of Change in the NHS Are Crucial to Its Survival

Michelle Mitchell | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Michelle Mitchell

The NHS was established in 1948. Today it faces its biggest challenge since its inception. A failure to radically reform how we deliver new models of care across the NHS over the next five years could lead to a serious threat to this much-loved public service remaining universal and free at the point of need.

The Three Problems at the Heart of the NHS

Adam Staten | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Adam Staten

I have heard both Miliband and Cameron talk of stopping the day to day political meddling in the affairs of the health service, in Miliband's case this was shortly before he decided instead to 'weaponise' it, but neither of the main parties has ever taken a serious step towards this end.

Are Politicians Brave Enough to Go Cold Turkey on the Four-hour A&E Target?

Leonora Merry | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Leonora Merry

Relegating the four-hour target in importance and looking across a richer set of indicators like these could be an important way forward. But doing this will mean moving away from the weekly fix of headlines about hospitals 'underperforming' or, alternatively, meeting the target. Are politicians brave enough to go cold turkey on the totemic four-hour A&E target?

Why Asthma Could Cost Holidaymakers £45,000

Beth Macer | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Macer

If you are taken ill on holiday, depending on the condition, you could see yourself being charged thousands and even hundreds of thousands of pounds for medical treatment and the cost of being flown home could cost up to £45,000 just for the ride!

I Don't Care What You Want, Tell Me What You Need

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Should care for "self-inflicted" alcohol, drug, smoking and obesity problems be funded by the NHS? Should cosmetic surgery in any form be available free of charge? Should the most expensive new cancer drugs be funded, even though they only benefit a tiny handful of the population and cost millions?

Concern, Not Criticism, Was the Public's Response to A&E This Winter

Harry Evans | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Harry Evans

The yearly discourse of winter NHS strains has reached the public ear. What's more, people can distinguish between the NHS generally, which they know to offer the highest quality and the NHS in winter, where there is more concern.

Political Parties' NHS Pledges Are Startlingly Analogue

Freddie McMahon | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Tech
Freddie McMahon

In the US, there are even bandages going into production that tell you how a wound is healing - not to mention tablets with in-built sensors that can relay key information about your body right from the front lining of the stomach, so to speak.

Without Enough Inspired Nurses There Will Be a Decline in Basic Healthcare Provisions in Uganda

Martha Amoo | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Martha Amoo

I was one of the lucky ones. I was born into a supportive family that could afford to give me an education. There are 32 nursing schools in Uganda but tuition fees and lack of opportunities mean many young girls are unable to follow in my footsteps.

Patient-centric Policy Means Better Healthcare

Chris Spencer | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

I'm not saying it is simple. But it is what is needed and, in my view, it is the fastest way to making sure joined-up care becomes a reality and doesn't remain a theoretical aspiration.

The Lessons I've Learned From My Malawian Mother

Alice Pulford | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Pulford

For the last six years I have worked in the beautiful country of Malawi but this is the first time I'm taking a moment to really try and understand the experience and once again the people of Malawi have enlightened me, educated me. Their strength, their unity and compassion is utterly breath-taking.

Fighting Meningitis Globally

Chris Head | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Chris Head

Meningitis is poorly understood in Malawi - many people seek the wrong sort of treatment or seek it too late, and there can often be delays reaching appropriate healthcare.

The Human Cost of Ebola

Justin Forsyth | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

There is a big debate raging in all three countries on the lessons of what went wrong and what worked. We need to make a commitment to help these countries build a better future. This will take international support and solidarity.

The Care Crisis - Telling It as It Is

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Burke

The BBC highlight three particular problems: the care system is horrendously complex and about to get more so; it is massively underfunded; and the government's planned cap on care costs being introduced next year will help very few older people pay for care.

These Are The 7 Most Intelligent Cities In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A list of the seven most intelligent cities in the world has been revealed - and its (previously unsung) winners come as a pleasant surprise. The I...

My Three Words for Davos this Year

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recent events have seen countries recognize UHC as an essential component of their future political and social stability. This is a large part of the rationale for the huge investments being made into health coverage in China, Indonesia, Brazil and many other nations.