Category “General Health”

Patient still waiting to leave hospital 4 years after being declared fit for discharge

April 25th, 2017

A patient who has been fit to leave hospital is still awaiting discharge as a result of a lack of suitable care arrangements outside of a hospital setting, it has been revealed. The patient, who has not been named, was declared fit for discharge four years ago, but it is still occupying a hospital bed […]

Nurses consider striking over pay

April 18th, 2017
Nurses consider striking over pay

The Royal College of Nursing is weighing up the possibility of strike action over pay, it has been confirmed. Representatives from the body claim that nurses have suffered a pay cut of 14 percent in real terms over the course of the last seven years as a result of pay freezes and an increase in […]

Scotland to become the first UK nation to fund ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

April 11th, 2017
Scotland to become the first UK nation to fund ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

Scotland is to become the first UK nation to fund a ‘game-changing’ HIV drug, the NHS has confirmed. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has agreed to find the provision of a drug known as Prep, which is found to reduce the risk of contracting HIV dramatically. Researchers have discovered that taking the drug on a […]

MPs urge the government to ban multi-buy offers in a bid to cut childhood obesity

March 28th, 2017

MPs from the Health Select Committee have urged the government to ban multi-buy offers on unhealthy foods in a bid to reduce the number of obese children. The group believes that the government needs to do more to reduce rates of childhood obesity, which have been increasing steadily for years. A report by the committee […]

Campaign group issues warning as hot chocolate is found to contain more salt than a bag of crisps

March 21st, 2017

The campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) has issued a warning after studies revealed that many shop-bought hot chocolate products contain more salt per serving than a bag of ready salted crisps. Research revealed that Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate powder contains 2.5g of salt per 100g. This is way above the target […]

Drive to raise sepsis awareness, as unknown killer tales more than 44,000 lives per year

March 14th, 2017

Health chiefs and campaigners have stepped up efforts to raise awareness of sepsis, a disease that kills more than 44,000 people in the UK every year. Despite the fact that sepsis takes more lives than bowel, prostate and breast cancer combined, very few people are aware of the signs and symptoms. Sepsis is triggered by […]

CQC issues warning over online prescriptions

March 7th, 2017

The Care Quality Commission has issued a warning over the safety of prescribing medication online. The CQC has expressed concerns after research revealed “widespread failings” among some Internet prescribers. During investigations, the CQC followed 11 online providers in England. They concluded that some had the potential to pose “significant risk to patients.” Some were well […]

Public Health England wants to make all hospitals smoke-free zones

February 28th, 2017

Public Health England has called for all hospitals in England to be made smoke-free zones. Currently, only 1 in 10 hospitals ban smoking on NHS grounds and the body wants to see a total ban enforced. Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, said that the move wasn’t designed to force patients to quit […]

NHS trusts rack up £900 million deficit over winter months

February 21st, 2017
NHS trusts rack up £900 million deficit over winter months

NHS trusts have racked up a deficit of almost £900 million over the course of the winter months, it has been revealed. During the first 9 months of the new financial year, trusts have overspent as a result of treating more patients than planned over the winter. New figures show that increasing demand for NHS […]

BBC research suggests 90 percent of hospitals in England are overcrowded

February 7th, 2017
BBC research suggests 90 percent of hospitals in England are overcrowded

Research carried out by the BBC suggests that 90 percent of hospital wards in England are overcrowded. Guidelines suggest that hospitals should have a maximum occupancy rate of 85 percent to minimise the risk of infection and prevent delays in patients accessing treatment; however, the BBC claims that 137 of the 152 trusts in England […]

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