National Health Service

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.

Patient Safety at Mid Staffordshire and North Staffordshire

Rita Pal | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

A long overdue public inquiry into the appalling standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is complete. The findings are not unexpected.

It's Time to Put Respect for Human Rights at the Heart of the NHS

Emma Hutton | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Emma Hutton

The Francis Report raises many questions about the future of the NHS. We rightly want to know how we can prevent further shocking failures of care and we want people to be held to account if things do go wrong.

The Francis Inquiry Demands Strong Leadership Not Damage Limitation

Dean Royles | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dean Royles

Our leadership challenge now is to show quickly that we have the ability to take the Francis report and make sure the NHS, the services it provides and the trust the British public have in it increases and enhances its reputation as one of the world's leading health care systems.

Government Accused Of 'Breaking Up' NHS

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK

The government was accused of "breaking up" the NHS after announcing a downgrading of accident and emergency and maternity services to deal with huge ...

NHS Hospitals Could Be Fined Or Closed For Failures

PA | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK

Wide-ranging reforms of the National Health Service will be recommended by a public inquiry into serious failings of care at a scandal-hit hospital. ...

Early Intervention: Common Sense, So Why Not Common Practice?

Dan Corry | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

The message from the Early Action Task Force is loud and clear: to really make expenditure sustainable, as well as create a better society, switching more spend to early action is key.

It's Time to Start Recognising Birth Rape

Zion Lights | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

The term 'birth rape' is used by women whose bodies are treated like machines when they are most vulnerable to other people's wills. Labouring women whose minds and wishes are not respected or consulted. The power is taken from mum's hands to gloved hands the second you enter the ward, and you cannot take it back.

Child Benefit Changes Could Cause Considerable Complications

Anita Monteith | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
Anita Monteith

ICAEW is worried we are going to see the same operational problems arising that we saw for tax credits - especially for those with fluctuating incomes. We want a simplified tax system that is as clear and efficient as possible. However as you can see from the issues raised, this charge will add considerable complications.

Calculating the Social Premium

Phil Shanks | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Governments need to get out of the habit of giving our money away. Grants should be reserved for charities. In all other aspects of governmental spending both nationally and locally they should be asking the question: 'what's in it for us?'

Losing the Sight of an Eye

Josa Young | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Josa Young

Losing an eye is no big deal.

Cameron To Inject £140m Into NHS

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron will reaffirm his commitment to the NHS today with the announcement of £140 million in funding to ease the burden of red tape on nurses...

NHS Cuts 'Hitting Doctor Training'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK

Financial pressures on NHS organisations are taking their toll on the training of new doctors, a leading junior doctor has said. The changes introd...

Part-Time Doctors are not A 'Risk' to the NHS

Rita Pal | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Instead of blaming the influx of women doctors into the profession, the medical establishment should be reviewing their previous mistakes. They should then find ways of correcting the current problems.

'This Is No Way To Run A Health Service'

PA | Posted 13.09.2012 | UK

Hospitals are so full that elderly patients are being discharged in the middle of the night and routine blood tests are being conducted at 3am, the Ro...

Nurses 'Not Too Posh To Wash'

PA | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK

Nurses are being forced to clean toilets and mop hospital floors on top of their patient care duties, a new survey has found. More than half of NHS...

The UK's Best Export? The NHS 'To Go Overseas'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Politics

NHS hospitals are to be invited by the Government to set up profit-making branches abroad to raise funds for patients at home and raise the internatio...

Whistleblowing and Patient Safety : The Patient's or the profession's interests at stake?

Rita Pal | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Medical whistleblowing has featured in countless newspaper headlines. The stories are usually victim-focused, implying that if you blow the whistle, your life is automatically destroyed. While that may be true in some cases, the stereotypical "victim" imagery is not constructive, helping neither the psychology of the individual whistleblower, nor the system that spawned them.

That's So Last Decade! More Young Teens Saying No To Booze And Drugs

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Teens are forgoing drink, drugs and smoking for more wholesome pursuits and healthier lifestyles, new research suggests. But charities warned of be...

Health Care Reform in Three Words?

Tony Lobl | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Health care reform - just three simple words.

Hospitals 'Restricting Operations To Save Money'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Politics

NHS trusts have been warned they could face intervention by the Health Secretary after a survey showed that pressure to save money has led to restrict...

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Rita Pal | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Recently, I read a blog post by a rather dashing young man who works for a leading IT company. It was entitled "Only you are responsible for your failure".

83-Year-Old Becomes UK's Oldest Kidney Donor

PA | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK

An 83-year-old man has achieved a double by becoming the oldest living kidney donor in the UK and the oldest person in the country to give a kidney to...

NHS At 'Breaking Point' Warn Nurses

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

The NHS is at breaking point, the Royal College of Nursing has warned on Monday. With nursing positions at risk of being axed, the union said the ...