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More bad news from the NHS

Another week, another decision from the NHS. We are advised that patients could face delays in accessing new drugs on the NHS after a decision made by health bosses that treatments requiring the most expensive drugs can be (or should be?) stalled. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (otherwise known as NICE) has… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)


In view of all the press the NHS has received lately you may be wondering if there is anything else that could surprise you about the health service – well actually unfortunately yes there is. Hot on the heels of reports of hospital and ward closures across the UK we now hear the shocking news… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)


It seems that never a day goes by when there isn’t something in the press relating to the state of the NHS. The National Health Service (“NHS”)  was set up on 5 July 1948 under the premise that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth.   When it was launched by Aneurin Bevan,… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Milestone trial by UK scientists

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

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

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

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?

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”

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)