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  • 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’...
  • Judge orders end to baby’s treatment against parents’ wishes

    04/14/2017 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 13, 2017 | Father Mark Hodges
    LONDON, England, April 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A UK judge has ruled it is in a child's best interest to “die with dignity” rather than to allow his parents to seek additional medical treatment. Connie Yates and Chris Gard want to take eight-month-old son Charlie to the United States for treatment of a rare disease. A GoFundMe account has given them enough money to do so. But Charlie needs to remain on life support to make the trip and Justice Francis determined it is in the "best interests of the child" to withdraw his feeding tube and breathing machine. Charlie...
  • Parents had week-old baby taken away by social services (Britain)

    02/17/2017 6:57:29 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    LondonDailyTelegraph ^ | 2/16/17 | Patrick Foster
    A local council has been ordered to pay damages after taking a week-old baby into care because the father expressed “unorthodox” views about the need to sterilise feeding bottles. A family court judge awarded the couple and their son, who is now 15 months old, a total of Ł11,250 after ruling that Kirklees Council had breached their human rights and misled a judge in a bid to remove the child from their care. The case, which has cost the taxpayer around Ł120,000, centered on a couple in their mid-twenties, who cannot be identified. They both suffer from mild learning difficulties...
  • Record numbers of cancer patients using crowdfunding to pay for private treatment not ...

    02/03/2017 7:46:15 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The number of cancer patients turning to crowdfunding to pay for treatments not available on the NHS has soared, online donation platform JustGiving said. Cancer patients and their loved ones launched 2,348 appeals on the website last year compared to 304 in 2015 - a seven-fold increase, the figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live reveal. The fundraisers generated Ł4,670,143 to help pay for private medical treatment at clinics in the UK and abroad, a significant rise from the Ł530,519 raised in 2015. Consultant oncologist Dr Clive Peedell described the number of patients bypassing the NHS as "very worrying" and...
  • The UK Just Banned Calling Pregnant Women Expectant Mothers

    02/01/2017 5:09:27 PM PST · by tony75034 · 11 replies
    whatfinger.com ^ | 2/1/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    Great Britain is still doing their best to no longer be great. Their socialized medicine works under the NHS and they were just told to ban the use of the term 'Expectant Mothers'.' Why? well they are being politically correct due to some men who may be expecting children. Like what? What in the hell is wrong with these politically correct sick people? Here's O'Reilly talking about it. See more videos below on snowflakes
  • Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will up

    01/29/2017 9:57:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 28, 2017 | Stephen Adams and Sanchez Manning for The Mail on Sunday
    FULL TITLE: Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will upset those who are transgender NHS doctors have been told not to call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’ because it might offend transgender people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The astonishing warning comes in official guidelines issued by the British Medical Association to its 160,000 members, which says mothers-to-be should be referred to as ‘pregnant people’ instead. The controversial advice to doctors in hospitals and general practice comes just weeks after it emerged that a Briton who was born a girl but...
  • The British National Health Service Is in Crisis: What Else Is New?

    01/15/2017 1:56:50 PM PST · by rey · 14 replies
    Liberty law Site ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Theodore Dalrymple
    One of the most curious political phenomena of the western world is the indestructible affection in which the British hold their National Health Service. No argument, no criticism, no evidence can diminish, let alone destroy, it. The only permissible criticism of it is that the government does not spend enough on it, a ‘meanness’ (with other people’s money) to which all the service’s shortcomings are attributable. In effect, the NHS is the national religion. Yet again, however, the NHS is in ‘crisis.’ The British Red Cross has called the present situation an incipient humanitarian crisis, as if the country were...
  • Number of urgent operations cancelled in England hits record high

    12/24/2016 9:51:29 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 12 replies
    the Guardian (UK) ^ | December 24, 2016 | Toby Helm
    The number of NHS patients in England who had urgent operations cancelled hit record numbers in November, soaring to almost double the level a year ago, according to government data.
  • Foot Movement Changes Doctors’ Minds Moments Before Taking Woman Off Life Support

    10/01/2016 1:19:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
    A chance glance and a big toe saved a 22-year-old woman’s life in the UK, the London Times reports. Sam Hemming, a law school graduate of North Wales’ Bangor University, was being driven home to Hereford by her boyfriend, Tom Curtis, in July when they got into an accident, per the Mirror: The car flipped, and while Curtis wasn’t badly hurt, Hemming was left with broken neck bones, a fractured arm, and severe head injuries, leading doctors to place her in a medically induced coma, the Sun notes. After 19 days, the doctors said hope was gone, and Hemming’s family...
  • NHS chiefs warn that hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse

    09/11/2016 11:49:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/11/16 | Denis Campbell
    The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis. Years of underfunding have left the service facing such “impossible” demands that without urgent extra investment in November’s autumn statement it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “draconian rationing” of treatment – all options that will provoke public disquiet, it says. NHS 'in perpetual winter of Narnia' as waiting list reaches record 3.9m Read more In an unprecedentedly bleak assessment of the NHS’s own health, NHS Providers, which speaks for...
  • Hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse, warn NHS chiefs (socialized medicine)

    09/10/2016 3:18:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09-10-2016 | Denis Campbell
    The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis. Years of underfunding have left the service facing such “impossible” demands that without urgent extra investment in November’s autumn statement it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “draconian rationing” of treatment – all options that will provoke public disquiet, it says. n an unprecedentedly bleak assessment of the NHS’s own health, NHS Providers, which speaks for hospital trust chairs and chief executives, tells ministers that widespread breaches of performance targets,...
  • Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery in ´most severe ever´ rationing in the NHS

    09/04/2016 8:39:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9/4/16 | Henry Bodkin
    Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale. Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations. The decision, described by the Royal College of Surgeons as the “most severe the modern NHS has ever...
  • Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery in 'most severe ever' rationing in the NHS

    09/03/2016 9:39:13 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 115 replies
    Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale. Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.
  • NHS crisis plan to cancel operations and appointments as winter draws in

    08/22/2016 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/22/16 | Laura Donnelly and Henry Bodkin
    Hospitals are to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS "buckling" this winter, under Government plans. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. The national plan, detailed in evidence to the Commons health select committee, comes amid concern that the NHS is already in the grip of the worst bed-blocking crisis on record. Last night, Britain’s most senior A&E doctor said hospitals were under such strain that a bad...
  • Cataracts? Just wear dark glasses, grandmother is told: Elderly patients being refused [tr]

    08/05/2016 5:49:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2016 | Sophie Borland and Emily Kent
    Elderly patients are being told by opticians to buy darker sunglasses as the NHS will not pay for life-changing cataract surgery Others have been informed they are not ‘entitled’ just because they had laser treatment on their eyes 16 years ago.
  • Thousands of dying patients given do not resuscitate orders without consent of families

    05/02/2016 3:56:30 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 28 replies
    Mirror.co.uk ^ | 5/2/16 | Harriet Line
    Hospitals across the UK are imposing do not resuscitate orders on tens of thousands of patients without informing their families, an audit has found. The investigation, by the Royal College of Physicians, estimated that around 200,000 patients are issued with the order for health workers not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In 16% of cases, the study found there was no record with the patient about making the order. The study also found that hospitals are failing to tell relations that they will not perform the potentially lifesaving technique. Its audit of 9,000 dying patients found that one in 5...
  • Hospitals braced for first all-out doctors' strike (UK)

    04/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    Bbc ^ | April 25, 2016 | Nick Triggle
    Hospitals in England are braced for the first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history on Tuesday. Junior doctors will walk out of both routine and emergency care from 08:00 to 17:00 BST in the contract row. It is the first time services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been hit in the long-running dispute. NHS bosses believe plans are in place to ensure care will be safe, but say the situation will be monitored closely during the stoppage. A second strike is due to take place on Wednesday, between the same hours. -snip NHS England said "military...