National Health Service

World Health Day Highlighted That We All Have Something to Teach and Something to Learn

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recognizing that we all have something to teach and something to learn - in line with the spirit of World Health Day - will be crucial for success in the changing dynamics of the new healthcare paradigm.

Research Reveals the Best Country for Longevity and Health - But Is the NHS Terminally Ill?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

For years of life lost due to premature mortality, in comparison with the European average, the UK does worse in 2010 in ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections, breast cancer, other cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, oesophageal cancer, pre-term birth complications, congenital anomalies, and aortic aneurysm.

LulzSec Hacker Pleads Guilty To Attack On NHS

PA | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Tech

A 26-year-old has pleaded guilty to hacking websites of major institutions including the National Health Service, Sony and News International. Ryan...

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'.

Disputed Children's Heart Surgery Unit To Reopen

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK

Children's heart surgery is set to resume at Leeds General Infirmary after days of uncertainty over its future, hospital bosses have said. The deci...

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...

Tories: Undermining the NHS and Playing Politics With Mid Staffordshire

Valerie Vaz | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Valerie Vaz

For all the government's tough talk of protecting the NHS, £2.2bn from the NHS budget was handed back to the Treasury in last week's budget. Ministers have let care standards slip as they obsess over an unnecessary reorganisation that's taken £3bn out of patient care when the frontline is making unprecedented savings.

Mid Staffordshire: Andy Burnham Was Either Incompetent or Negligent

Chris Skidmore | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Skidmore

Yesterday Andy Burnham stood before Parliament and, with incredible chutzpah, accused the government of failing to fully respond to the Francis report. This is, lest we forget, the report that he never wanted, about the NHS trust he so catastrophically recommended for Foundation Trust status.

Hunt's Hospital Overhaul Does 'Not Go Far Enough'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

NHS managers responsible for their hospitals' failures will be "struck off" and barred from working in the health service and under-performing hospita...

Primary Care, Access Denied

Katherine Murphy | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Katherine Murphy

Our research shows that the public often face a complex and convoluted system at a time when they need urgent care. Nearly 80% or respondents to our survey said they didn't feel safe relying on NHS out-of-hours care.

Postcode Lottery Damaging Elderly Hip Care Patients

PA | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

Better collaboration is needed between the NHS and social services to help elderly hip care patients overcome an "unacceptable postcode lottery", a pr...

Mid Staffordshire Deaths and a Lack of Justice

Bob Morgan | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

So if it is saving lives or preventing deaths that matter so much in this country - why haven't we had some high profile police investigations and a high profile trial after the 1200 or so deaths at the Mid Staffordshire, NHS, Foundation, Trust?

Ken Loach Reminds Us What the Labour Party Used to Be and What It Isn't Today

John Wight | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Wight

Ken Loach provides us with a timely reminder of a period in history when the needs and hopes of the British working class were the guiding light of government policy, resulting in the radical transformation of society and an economic recovery the like of which is desperately needed today.

Government 'Ignored' Warnings Over NHS Death Rates, Public Health Expert Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

Government ministers and the NHS ignored warnings about persistently high death rates in hospitals which could have claimed the lives of up to 20,000 ...

Parliament Should Recover Health Tourism Debt

Henry Smith | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Henry Smith

Emergency medical treatment should of course always be provided to those who require it at the point of need without exception. Beyond that, entitlement to free healthcare is considerably more generous to visitors and short-term residents than is reciprocated for UK citizens abroad and our system is the most liberal, and lax, than anywhere else in the world.

It Seems Morale and Motivation Is Not the Worst It's Ever Been.... Again!

Dean Royles | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK
Dean Royles

Look at the year the NHS has just had. Strikes, pay freezes, pension contribution increases, redundancy, massive reorganisation, industrial action, reconfiguration and more. A tough year in anyone's book but the survey shows us that the majority of indicators were stable or improved.

NHS Trust Denies Fixing Death Rate Figures

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK

An NHS Trust has rejected claims that it fiddled its death rate figures, describing the allegations as an "outrageous slur" on its workforce. The R...

Good Point, Prince Philip

Martin Drewry | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Martin Drewry

The Prince's joke that the Philippines must be empty because half the population work for the NHS was hardly tactful, but it does highlight an important issue: a huge number of trained health professionals are leaving poor countries each year for wealthy ones.

How Whittington Hospital Saved My Life

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
Laxmi Hariharan

Today NHS managers want to sell off part of the Whittington site, cutting almost 570 jobs to leave the hospital with reduced maternity services, ward closures and fewer beds for the elderly. Why cut funding for something which works? At what cost is the government saving costs?

Prince Philip, Filipino Nurses and Girl Power

Dr Ismail Ahmed | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Ismail Ahmed

In suggesting that the Philippines must be "half empty" on account of so many of its inhabitants working overseas, Philip has unwittingly stumbled upon an interesting topic with regards to immigration and women.

Dying for an Appointment

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Shepherd

It is a sad state of affairs that many people who are unwell and may in fact have a more serious underlying condition have to wait weeks on end to see their GP, by which time it could be too late.

Britain's Obesity Epidemic: Are We Addicted to Sugar?

Luke Dale-Harris | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Dale-Harris

Already a quarter of British women and a third of under nine's are clinically obese and by 2050 this figure is predicted to have risen to accommodate over half of all British citizens, a reality our NHS could not support.

Gassy Guts: Why Doctors Need to Get Serious About IBS

Natalie de Winter | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie de Winter

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the Sarah Palin of ailments; nobody takes it seriously... IBS is still a condition whose name is met with disinterest, an eye roll and sometimes a snort of derision; and that's just from the doctors.

NHS Gagging Clauses

Rita Pal | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rita Pal

The debate over so-called "gagging clauses" in NHS employment disputes rumbles on, doubtless fuelled by the outcome of the Mid Staffordshire inquiry. In an emotional, knee-jerk reaction, calls for a ban on such "gagging clauses" are reaching fever pitch.

The Loneliness of Cancer Patients Is a Sad Indictment of Society

Ciaran Devane | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

One in four people newly diagnosed with cancer in the UK will lack support from family or friends during their treatment and recovery - that's more than an estimated 70,000 people every year not getting help at a time when they need it more than ever. Of those, around a third - an estimated 20,000 people each year - will receive no support whatsoever, facing cancer completely alone.