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Milestone trial by UK scientists

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A study recently undertaken at the Institute of Cancer Research in London has effectively identified a drug which targets precise genetic mutations in prostate cancer. The study undertaken was carried out on 49 men with untreatable cancer. Although the drug involved, Olaparib, had low overall success it has slowed down tumour growth in 88% of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Watchdog uncovers Sussex hospital failings

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Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have hit the headlines for failings identified by a government watchdog, with regards to a patient’s care and staff record-keeping at one of their hospitals. Although the events in question took place in 2012 the Ombudsman’s report has only recently been published. In the report the Ombudsman advised that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Safety a big concern for the NHS

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The Care Quality Commission “CQC” has recently inspected 5,439 organisations under its new inspection regime and has alarmingly found that three quarters of the hospitals visited have safety problems. Not only do hospitals apparently have problems with patient safety but the CQC has advised that so do 40% of care and nursing homes and home… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

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A recent report from the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman advises that not getting a good enough apology when things go wrong is the most common complaint by NHS patients in England.   The report advises that 34% of the cases investigated by them in 2014-2015 were because patients felt that the apology given was inadequate… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is your life being put at risk by the NHS?


A recent report highlights startling discrepancies in access to key services and treatment from the NHS across England resulting in patients lives being put at risk. NHS England and Public Health England have published the “Atlas of Variation” a document which looks at service performance in more than 200 local areas in the UK.   Worryingly… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Type-2 Diabetes – are you at risk?

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Public Health England recently reported that up to 5 million people in England are at risk of developing type-2 diabetes.   Type-2 diabetes is linked to life style and diet and currently affects 3.2 million people in England. Diabetes causes 22,000 early deaths in England alone and the cost to the NHS of treating the condition… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Care of and for the Dying and the “Liverpool Care Pathway”

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In recent years there has been much criticism of the Liverpool Care Pathway, the protocol used for the care of terminally ill patients. Repeated concerns have been raised about its misuse. As a result the Government Health Watchdog has put forward new guidelines to improve the care of adults in the last days of their… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Breast Cancer warning to older women


According to a recent survey many older women are unaware of the early warning signs of breast cancer. A survey recently undertaken by Public Health England shows that when questioned fewer than half of the women over 70 were able to name a symptom of breast cancer other than a lump, and more worryingly that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Online Diagnosis – is this the way forward for the NHS?

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More and more people appear to be turning to online health check web sites for an instant diagnosis, but how accurate are they and how much reliance should be placed on the diagnosis given? A study was recently undertaken by experts at the Harvard Medical School in the US which has cast doubt on the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

“NHS misses urgent cancer therapy targets for whole year”

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The BBC advises that for the 4th quarter in succession the NHS had missed its cancer treatments target and that in England just 83.8% of those requiring treatment received it. Early diagnosis and treatment for any illness is vital to recovery and not least when it’s cancer. It is possible to make a full recovery… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)