In the 1960s just three in 10 beat the disease
More than eight in 10 children with cancer now survive, compared to just three in 10 in the late 1960s.
The number of children surviving cancer for five years or more has risen from 79% to 82% in the last decade.
The latest figures from Cancer [...]
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 [...]
Test distinguishes between deadly and less harmful tumours
A prostate cancer test which predicts how aggressive a tumour is could spare men unnecessary operations, researchers suggest.
Early data, presented at the National Cancer Research Institute conference, suggests a genetic test can identify the less harmful tumours which do not have to be immediately [...]
Organisation has been losing £0.5m a week since the 111 phone line launched
NHS Direct will be closed down in England by the end of the financial year.
The telephone and online health advice provider, which was launched 15 years ago, got into financial difficulty after winning a number of the contracts for [...]
But income protection complaints rise by 5%
Complaints about critical illness insurance have fallen by 18 per cent year-on-year from 348 to 285.
The latest figures from the Financial Ombudsman Service, which reveal the number of complaints it received between July and September, also show that income protection complaints rose by 5% [...]
Now more than 12,000 centenarians in England and Wales
The number of people aged 100 and over in England and Wales has risen five-fold in the past 30 years, official data has revealed. Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows there were 12,320 centenarians in [...]
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 [...]
Lower sick pay just one factor behind surprise figures
Workers in the UK are far less likely to call in sick than those in other European countries, an academic study has found.
Delegates at the British Sociological Association’s conference on work, employment and society in Warwick heard that in 2004 around 17% of [...]
‘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 [...]