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 [...]
‘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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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” [...]
Charities warn that new system lacks clarity
The controversy over access to cancer drugs on the NHS has resurfaced following the creation of a new streamlined unit in charge of funding them.
Until now, patients suffering from more than 120 types of cancer have been able to access funding [...]
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 [...]