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 [...]
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 [...]
The controversy over access to NHS primary care services is back on the agenda after news broke that a private doctor’s surgery run by Poles is attracting thousands of patients who have “given up” on the health service.
Reports in the national press say that almost 6,000 people Brits are on the books of the [...]
The number of people on NHS hospital waiting lists in England rose by 4,500 to stand at 1,039,000 in January, the Government said today.
Ministers said the increase had been kept to a minimum during one of the busiest periods of the year for the health service and pointed out that waiting lists rose by 11,000 [...]
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” [...]
Study highlights inequalities across the nation
People who live in Manchester are more likely to die from coronary heart disease than anywhere else in the UK, research has found.
The area of Tameside in the city is the UK’s ‘heart disease capital’, the report from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) suggests.
US study suggests office workers are at risk
Office workers could be at greater risk of developing chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease simply because they sit at their desk for hours at a time, research reveals.
A US study suggests that individuals who spend more than four hours a [...]
Staff ‘still to be convinced’ on benefits of flexible working, survey suggests
The vast majority of employees believe flexible working will become ‘the norm’ in future, yet many are still to be convinced of its benefits to staff, rather than just employers, new research suggests.
A survey from HR recruiter Ortus of some [...]
Women face delays ‘at every turn’, says report
UK women with ovarian cancer are having their lives cut short due to delays in diagnosis, according to a report out today.
Target Ovarian Cancer’s Pathfinder Study, which is being launched at the House of Commons today, has found that one in four women diagnosed with [...]
Winter fuel payments for richer individuals should be stopped and the money saved should be used to pay for a cap on long-term care costs, a former minister has said.
Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow claimed that doing so would defuse an elderly care “time bomb”.
Burstow made the comments as he backed a [...]