Health tourists are ‘leapfrogging’ legitimate NHS patients awaiting surgery
Cancer surgery for legitimate NHS patients is being cancelled to make way for health tourists, it has been claimed.
Under NHS rules any patient urgently referred by a GP for cancer surgery must receive treatment within 62 days, but health tourists about to breach [...]
The end of a temporary fund set up by the Government to pay for life-prolonging cancer drugs could spell disaster for thousands of patients, campaigners are warning.
The £200m a year Cancer Drugs Fund, which was set up in April 2011, has led to 30,000 patients in England getting drugs banned on [...]
‘Stark’ variation in levels of support available
GPs across almost a third of England have no access at all to occupational health (OH) services, while the support available elsewhere varies ‘starkly’, it has been claimed.
Information collected as part of an internal review by NHS England, obtained by doctors’ magazine Pulse [...]
NHS hospitals in England have been accused of hiding patient dissatisfaction with the food they serve.
NHS hospitals claim their own studies show that 99% of patient meals are rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. Three in five give themselves the highest possible rating for the standard of their food.
But campaigners are now pointing [...]
Researchers say £300m programme doing more harm than good
‘MOT’-style health checks offered to millions of over 40s and paid for by the NHS are a waste of money and could do more harm than good, experts have warned.
The routine checks – adopted by the health service in 2009 – are [...]
People out of work more likely to suffer
Around one in five adults experience anxiety or depression, according to the latest official figures, with people who are not in paid work more likely to suffer.
Data released this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that almost a quarter [...]
Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) can be a useful tool when it comes to supporting employees in the workplace but businesses need to consider more ‘proactive and preventative’ measures as part of their stress management strategy, according to a senior consultant at Towers Watson, the employee benefits consultancy.
Rebekah Haymes said that while [...]
Younger people even less likely to consult GP for advice
Britons are more than twice as likely to consult the internet for health advice as they are to see their doctor, a survey has revealed.
A poll of 2,000 people found that half of respondents go online for lifestyle and nutritional tips, [...]
Cancer screening should be targeted at those with longer life expectancy, a study has concluded, after it found that for those with less than five years to live the potential risks of screening outweigh the benefits.
Research published in the British Medical Journal analysed screening for breast and colorectal cancer and concluded [...]