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% [...]
Condition has devastating impact on sufferers’ quality of life and ability to work
One in four people who suffer from back pain have also suffered from depression, according to figures published this week.
A study of 2,000 people carried out for Friends Life shows the devastating impact that back pain can have 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 [...]
People who go to work on foot 40% less likely to have the disease
Walking to work each day could cut an individual’s chances of developing diabetes, a new study suggests.
Researchers found people who go to work on foot are 40% less likely to have the disease than those who drive.
Academics at Imperial College [...]
Monitor will examine whether primary care services ‘act in best interests of patients’
Monitor, the NHS regulator, is asking for evidence on access to family doctors as part of a review of GP services in England.
The regulator announced this week that it is to examine the commissioning and provision of GP services to [...]
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 [...]
Weekend and evening appointments could also be scaled back
A limit on the number of times patients can visit their GP in a year is being considered by the Conservative Party, reports suggest.
A Tory consultation document on local health provision asks activists whether evening and weekend appointments are a “luxury” [...]
Group risk provider Canada Life is warning employers to be alive to the risks associated with presenteeism, as a survey by the insurer shows more than nine in 10 employees have gone to work while ill.
A number of experts have warned in recent months that presenteeism – where employees come to work [...]