National Health Service

An NHS for the World

Martin Drewry | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Martin Drewry

The UK's National Health Service is sixty-five years old and the government seems intent on retiring it, on forcing it out of the work place, bit by bit. But the NHS was born out of values and principles that the passage of time can never defeat.

Freedom From Fear

Max Lawson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Max Lawson

We are so lucky, compared to many countries across the globe, where getting treatment when you're sick, delivering a baby or getting medicines for a poorly child are commodities that can only be bought by those with money, rather than being the birthright of everyone.

'Hospitals Must Take Action'

PA | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

One in five NHS workers said they have been bullied by colleagues and almost half reported they have witnessed bullying in the last six months, accord...

David Nicholson Denies 'Cover Up' Over NHS Gagging Orders

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK

The head of the NHS in England has strongly denied staging a "cover-up" over the use of gagging orders to prevent staff speaking out about conditions ...

'End Of Week' Patients More Likely To Die

PA | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK

Patients who undergo pre-planned surgery are more likely to die if their operations are conducted at the end of the week, a new study suggests. Dea...

Sir David Nicholson Resigns but if Many Bad Apples Remain, The NHS Might Be Rotten to the Core

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Recent events reveal we can't complacently leave the NHS in the hands of the bureaucrats and the politicians. Our experience is they have created a culture of fear and bullying whereby good clinicians are persecuted for standing up for patients or medical science.

NHS Boss To Retire After Mid-Staffs Scandal

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK

Embattled NHS boss Sir David Nicholson plans to retire next year. The NHS England chief executive will step down from his role next March. Since...

A&E Services Have 'Deteriorated Seriously'

PA | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK

Accident and emergency services have "deteriorated significantly", NHS officials have conceded as they set out plans to improve the service. Launch...

Wake Up Call for the UK Workforce

Jayne Morris | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

The work life balance of our nation is incredibly important if we are to ensure economic growth. Longer working hours may enable increased productivity but only as a short-term measure. We are not robots. Eventually our systems fail and everything will come crashing to a standstill unless we find way to preserve health and wellbeing as a priority.

Where Would You Rather Live: Small-Government Somalia or Big-Government Sweden?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Critics of 'big government' talk as if it's beyond question that the state's involvement with our lives is a bad thing.

Cancer's Hidden Price Tag

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Everyone knows cancer is one of the toughest fights anyone can face. Struggling with gruelling treatment and dealing with the emotional impact of a diagnosis is difficult enough. What many people don't realise is that cancer is an expensive disease.

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 ...