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 [...]
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 [...]
Number of cancelled urgent operations reaches 18-month high
The number of urgent NHS operations cancelled in a single month reached an 18-month high in April, climbing by 75% in a year, NHS England figures reveal.
In April 2013, the number of urgent operations cancelled at the last minute in England was 401, [...]
Office workers who sit next to the window as they work are often more productive than colleagues who spend the day further away from daylight.
Scientists say that sitting next to the office window could in fact double workers’ alertness and make them happier.
Speaking at the at Cheltenham Science Festival this week, Oxford [...]
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 [...]
Younger people even less likely to consult GP for advice
Britons are more than twice as likely to consult the internet for health advice as they are to see their doctor, a survey has revealed.
A poll of 2,000 people found that half of respondents go online for lifestyle and nutritional tips, [...]
Widespread dissatisfaction with standard of service
Two thirds of patients do not think their out-of-hours GP service is safe, a report warns today.
A survey by the Patients Association reveals that nearly half of those who had to use their local service within the last two years were unhappy with the standard of care.
Select Committee raises concerns over efficiency savings
The NHS is rationing patients’ access to certain treatments in a bid to meet its efficiency savings targets, MPs have warned.
The Public Accounts Committee has today published its latest report on the NHS’s progress in meeting its requirement of £20bn in efficiency savings by 2014-15.
It said that [...]
Rise largely down to increase in testing
The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer during a lifetime is set to be three times higher in 2015 than it was 25 years earlier, figures from Cancer Research UK show.
The charity claims that boys born in 2015 will have a one in seven chance [...]
The health and risk industry has broadly welcomed the Government’s response to the Sickness Absence Review, but cautions that the most crucial decision – on tax relief for back-to-work-interventions – has yet to be made.
On Thursday the Government published its long-awaited response to the recommendations set out in a state-commissioned paper on [...]