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  • NHS waiting lists 'to hit five million by 2021', says health chief Simon Stevens

    11/08/2017 7:20:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 8, 2017 | By Paul Kelso, Health Correspondent
    NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned five million people will be left waiting for treatment if the Government does not increase health service funding in the Budget. Mr Stevens said failure to increase funding would add one million people to the waiting list by 2021. Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham, Mr Stevens said: "NHS England's assessment of the funding position is that the Budget for next year falls well short of what is needed to look after patients and their families at their time of greatest need. Mr Stevens said the NHS would not be...
  • NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese

    10/20/2017 3:28:51 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 49 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/17/2017 | Laura Donnelley
    The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • NHS bans surgeries for smokers, obese people

    10/18/2017 8:34:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 57 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/18/2017 | Rick Moran
    The British National Health Service (NHS) has provoked a firestorm by temporarily banning surgeries on people who smoke, and those who are obese. Patients who smoke must quit for at least 8 weeks before non-urgent surgery and obese people must lose weight before the NHS gives the go ahead. The Telegraph: In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking. But the new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)...
  • NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese

    10/18/2017 6:48:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 17, 2017 | Laura Donnelly
    The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese (socialized medicine)

    10/18/2017 6:37:13 AM PDT · by NRx · 80 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-18-2017 | Laura Donnelly
    The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons. Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS. In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time...
  • A Toddler With a Broken Leg Was 'Sent Home With a Cast on the Wrong Leg'

    09/20/2017 12:21:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 20 SEP 2017 | OLIVER RODERICK
    The two-year-old spent the day in agonyA toddler who went to hospital with a broken leg was given a cast on the wrong leg, her mum has claimed. Samantha Green’s daughter Tammy, who is two-and-a-half years old, was injured after a fall inside the family car. Her mum took her to A&E at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, where she was given an X ray on her right leg. Ms Green claims medics then put the plaster on the left leg. “Tammy fell off the back seat of the car, so I took her to the hospital on Saturday,” Miss Green,...
  • It’s too late for my son, but the end of the campaign for ‘normal birth’ is welcome

    08/17/2017 7:56:10 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 28 replies
    UKGuardian online ^ | 8/14/17 | James Titcombe
    The decision by the Royal College of Midwives to withdraw its decade-long campaign for “normal birth” has come much too late for my own son, Joshua, who sadly died nine days after being born, but is a welcome step. The approach for too long influenced a style of care in maternity wards that put lives at risk. These were the words spoken by Cumbria coroner Ian Smith, as he began summing up the inquest into the death of Joshua, on 6 June 2011: “With advances in medical science and techniques, childbirth has become safer and safer, to the point where...
  • 100,000 terminally ill patients denied hospice care [single payer]

    08/02/2017 6:35:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    SKY News ^ | August 2, 2017 | By Paul Kelso
    One in four terminally ill people who need expert end-of-life care are not receiving it because of funding pressures, the hospice movement has told Sky News. Hospice UK said as many as 118,000 people in the UK with terminal or life-limiting conditions are not able to access palliative care from its members. On average, hospices most of which are charities, receive just one-third of their funding from the NHS and rely on donations, shops, bequests and investments for the rest. Hospice UK said two-thirds of hospices had their NHS funding cut or frozen last year. It argues that with more...
  • Six month wait for 65-year-old skydiver's glaucoma appointment is 'unacceptable' UK

    07/31/2017 10:09:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 16 replies
    Devonlive.com ^ | July 31, 2017 | Joe Bulmer
    Six month wait for 65-year-old skydiver's glaucoma appointment is 'unacceptable' By JoeBulmer  |  Posted: July 31, 2017 A 65-year-old Devon skydiver suffering with glaucoma has had to wait for months to have his condition looked at and the man's hospital has admitted "patients are waiting longer" to be seen. David Tylcoat, from Burrington near Chulmleigh, is meant to have a routine eye exam every six months to check how his condition is being managed. Two weeks ago David rang the Eye Clinic at North Devon District Hospital to find out why he had not received a notification to come in...
  • Charlie Gard:A cruel AND ignorant campaign(Barf Alert)

    07/27/2017 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 18 replies
    melaniephillips.com ^ | July 26th 2017 | Melanie Phillips
    The agonising case of Charlie Gard, the 11-month old baby dying from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, is edging towards a no less agonising conclusion. Today, his parents agreed that he should be transferred from Great Ormond Street hospital in London (GOSH) to a hospice to spend there his final period of life. The hospice was a compromise. The parents have been fighting the plan for their baby’s end of life care just as they had fought the decision that he should no longer be kept alive. They wanted to bring Charlie home to die. The hospital refused to...
  • Charlie Gard parents' 'worst fears' confirmed as legal fight ends

    07/24/2017 7:01:42 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th July 2017 | BBC News
    The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have ended their legal challenge to take him to the US for experimental treatment. A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court that "time had run out" for the baby. Grant Armstrong said Charlie's parents had made the decision because an American doctor said it was too late to give him nucleoside therapy. "The parents worst nightmare have been confirmed", Mr Armstrong said. He told the presiding judge Mr Justice Francis that US neurologist Dr Michio Hirano had said he was no longer willing to offer the baby experimental...
  • US ranked worst healthcare system, while the NHS is the best(Hurl Alert)

    07/14/2017 7:55:45 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 51 replies
    New scientist ^ | 14th July 2017 | Andy Coghlan
    A comparison of health systems in 11 wealthy nations has found the US falling short by multiple measures, while the UK’s National Health Service leads in several categories. “We measured performance quality across five domains, and the USA fell short in all five,” says Eric Schneider of the Commonwealth Fund think tank in Washington DC. The domains were ease of access to healthcare, how equal access is to people of different incomes, administrative efficiency, how well the care process works for people who use it, and how good the health outcomes are. The analysis included data from sources including the...
  • Charlie Gard evidence not new, hospital claims

    07/10/2017 7:47:36 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 82 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/10/2017 | BBC
    A lawyer for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has dismissed claims of "fresh" medical evidence in the case of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard (BARF). GOSH referred the case back to the High Court after reports of "new" data from foreign health care experts suggested treatment could improve his condition. Charlie's parents have made several unsuccessful challenges to a decision to end the 11-month old's life support. GOSH told the hearing the evidence was not new but it was right to explore it. Mr. Justice Francis is overseeing the preliminary hearing in the Family Division of the High Court..... Francis...
  • Trump Staffers Speaking to Family of Terminally Ill British Baby

    07/03/2017 2:15:52 PM PDT · by davikkm · 68 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Cristina Laila
    Members of the Trump administration have spoken with family members of terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard. Gard suffers from mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome and was sentenced to die via a European court, AKA a death panel because of a socialized health care system. The Daily Caller reports: Members of President Donald Trump’s administration have spoken with the family of a terminally ill British infant whose parents are seeking medical care in the U.S. White House spokeswoman Helen Ferre said later Monday that “although the President himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them...
  • Yanking Life Support From UK Baby Demonstrates Dangers Of Socialized Medicine

    07/03/2017 11:34:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Nicole Russell
    In a heartbreaking case in the United Kingdom, Connie Yates and Chris Gard just lost their final appeal in battling for their son Charlie’s life. This means the hospital where 10-month-old Charlie has been staying since birth will now legally remove his life support, essentially euthanizing an infant against his parents’ wishes. Charlie was born last August with a rare disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. Medical staff at the hospital believed he would not improve and it was best for Charlie to “die with dignity.” His parents did not agree, so the case...
  • 'It's murder!' Protesters demanding doctors save Charlie Gard gather outside Buckingham Palace....

    07/02/2017 12:28:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 85 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 2, 2015 | Alice Evans For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: 'It's murder!' Protesters demanding doctors save Charlie Gard gather outside Buckingham Palace in a last-ditch hope the 10-month-old baby can be sent to America instead of having his life support machine switched off Supporters of 10-month-old Charlie Gard gathered outside Buckingham Palace today to protest against a court decision to allow his life support machine to be switched off. The desperately ill little boy had been due to have his life support withdrawn before the weekend - but after his anguished parents begged for more time to say goodbye, Great Ormond Street Hospital agreed to give him a...
  • NHS left reeling by cyber-attack: ‘We are literally unable to do any x-rays’

    05/14/2017 8:00:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 12 May 2017 | Kevin Rawlinson
    Thousands of patients across England and Scotland have been in limbo after an international cyber-attack hit the NHS, with many having operations cancelled at the last minute. Senior medics sought to reassure patients that they could be seen in the normal way in emergencies, but others were asked to stay away if possible. According to one junior doctor who works in a London hospital, the attack left hospitals struggling to care for people. “However much they pretend patient safety is unaffected, it’s not true. At my hospital we are literally unable to do any x-rays, which are an essential component...
  • NHS hit by major cyber attack with hackers demanding ransom (trunc.)

    05/12/2017 8:22:33 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 10 replies
    telegraph UK ^ | 5/12/17 | Laura Donnelly Henry Bodkin
    The NHS has been hit by a major cyber attack, with hackers demanding a ransom. Hospitals are understood to have lost the use of phonelines and computers, with some diverting all but emergency patients elsewhere. At some hospitals patients are being told not to come to A&E with all non-urgent operations cancelled. (truncated due to copywrite restrictions)
  • Cyberattack causes NHS IT meltdown [Breaking Story]

    05/12/2017 8:19:52 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 8 replies
    The NHS has confirmed a cyberattack is causing major IT problems at a number of hospitals. NHS Digital said: "A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations. "The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor. "At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. We will continue to work with affected organisations to confirm this. "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the...
  • GPs 'bribed' to NOT send patients for cancer tests: NHS pays millions for rationing hip ops…[UK]

    04/16/2017 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 20:08 EDT, 16 April 2017 | Sophie Borland and Rosie Taylor
    GPs are being paid millions by the NHS to ration referrals for operations, scans and even cancer tests, an investigation reveals today. Family doctors are being offered the financial incentives in a bid to slash the number of patients they send to hospital for a variety of procedures. The incentives mostly cover non-urgent referrals for hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, hearing tests and abdomen scans. But two health trusts have included urgent cancer scans in their schemes, and another two covered heart tests. Patient groups said the payments were ‘profoundly wrong’, while one MP likened them to ‘bribes’. Doctors’...