Only 9% have income protection cover, survey shows
People are more likely to hold pet insurance than they are a critical illness or income protection policy despite family and health being their top concerns, a poll suggests.
The survey of 2,000 people found that 21% had pet insurance, while just 12% had critical illness cover [...]
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 [...]
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% [...]
More people dying of disease than ten years ago
More people are dying of kidney cancer than they did a decade ago, according to official figures.
Incidence rates of the disease have increased by 31% over the last 10 years and mortality rates have increased by 7% over the last decade, with around [...]
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 [...]
‘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 [...]
Researchers say £300m programme doing more harm than good
‘MOT’-style health checks offered to millions of over 40s and paid for by the NHS are a waste of money and could do more harm than good, experts have warned.
The routine checks – adopted by the health service in 2009 – are [...]
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 [...]