More than a quarter feel stressed at work all or most of the time
One in five British employees (19.6%) have taken time off work due to stress, a survey shows.
Factors such as unrealistic deadlines, pressure from above and lack of support are cited as the biggest culprits in causing stress.
More than a quarter of workers [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Clegg pledges to protect health service spending against other cuts
The NHS budget should be ring-fenced against any of other public service spending cuts after the next general election, the Deputy Prime Minister has insisted.
Nick Clegg said he would fight to keep protection for the NHS and schools budgets in place [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Patients on 36 hospital wards in England would not recommend them to loved ones, the first set of data from the NHS friends and family test reveals today.
The test – which the NHS claims will drive up choice and quality by improving transparency – was introduced in April and asks patients [...]
NICE has issued a final decision not to recommend the advanced breast cancer treatment, Afinitor® (everolimus), to be available to patients on the NHS. Everolimus will continue to be available to patients in England only via the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), however, there is uncertainty around access for future patients as [...]