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Surge in privatisation threatening free NHS treatment, unions say

The Guardian - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
A demonstrator in scrubs uses a loudspeaker as she participates in a protest in central London. So far this year, 37% of the £6bn worth of clinical contracts put out to tender have gone to private companies.
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Gardener dies from flesh-eating bug after NHS 111 hotline failed to send him to hospital

Daily Mail - ‎Feb 5, 2016‎
The tragic case follows a Daily Mail investigation which revealed how the hotline, which replaced NHS Direct in April 2013, had repeatedly failed to meet targets, with half a million patients unable to get through to anyone at all.

Which country has the world's best healthcare system?

The Guardian - ‎15 hours ago‎
However, from November 2017 doctors such as GPs will have to waive the upfront fees for all patients, and instead the state and the mutuelle companies will pay doctors direct. At pharmacies, the patient pays upfront but swipes their Carte Vitale. A ...

Eight ambulances left queuing outside 'particularly busy' Wrexham Maelor

Daily Post North Wales - ‎12 hours ago‎
... are working extremely hard to ensure the safety of each and every patient who attends the unit. “We urge patients that do not need urgent hospital treatment to consider whether they will be able to get the advice and care they need from their GP ...

Hunt challenged over junior doctors being lured from NHS to do fitness for work tests for DWP

The National - ‎6 hours ago‎
SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has challenged UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt to explain why the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) fitness for work test provider was using taxpayers' money to entice frontline junior doctors away from the NHS with a ...
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Three other children died after NHS hotline blunders failed to diagnose sepsis - ‎Jan 26, 2016‎
... were promised improvements in sepsis awareness among NHS staff after a report by the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) found that Sam, three, died because of a "catalogue of errors", including how their call was handled by NHS Direct, ...

Cancer patients condemn charges

Press and Journal - ‎13 hours ago‎
But the 75-year-old does not qualify for NHS Grampian's offer of a free overnight stay at the city's Clan Haven during her treatment - because her home is 10 miles outwith the postcode boundary rules.
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Len McCluskey :Jeremy Corbyn: Blast From the Past or Leader of Tomorrow?

Huffington Post UK - ‎8 hours ago‎
Today's political and economic challenges are direct consequences of the failed political consensus of the past 30 years.
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Lara's legacy: Widening the search for a 'genetic twin'

BBC News - ‎17 hours ago‎
According to NHS figures there are three times as many white people registered as all the black, Asian and mixed-race donors put together.
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Schools to lose £2.2bn in 'forced' council cuts, warn Labour

Scotsman - ‎6 hours ago‎
The NHS, policing and childcare have their funding protected. Budgets ... Labour also said direct education spending is falling by £130bn next year, but Mr Swinney's spokesman said this was down to a “technical budget adjustment” and not a cash sum.
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A decentralised NHS would be better for all

The Mancunion - ‎17 hours ago‎
It is unaccountable because everything is decided in Westminster, which means that local authorities have to pass issues in their provisions to a government that cannot provide direct relief to that area without affecting other areas as well. This is ...
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'Greedy' doctors and nurses are abandoning the NHS to work for 'rip-off agencies', health regulators claim

Daily Mail - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Locum nurses and doctors have been accused of cashing in from the NHS staffing crisis by leaving to work full-time for agencies.

Parking charges could be introduced at two city hospitals

Birmingham Post - ‎20 hours ago‎
Last year, it was revealed that the Heart of England NHS Trust , which includes Heartlands in Birmingham, Good Hope, in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull Hospital.
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Radical changes planned to move ear, nose and throat services out of hospitals

WalesOnline - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Radical changes are being made to ear, nose and throat services in the Welsh NHS to deal with a rapid rise in demand and ease pressure on hospitals, it has been revealed.

The big transfer

Nursing in Practice - ‎19 hours ago‎
The government's rationale for the transfer was that public health services for five to 19-year-olds already sit within local authorities, and that health visiting would benefit from closer integration with non-NHS services such as housing and early ...

Walsall Manor Hospital trust needs 100 more nurses - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
In November Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust booked in 3,083 bank and agency shifts. The number fell to 2,670 in December but Ms Overfield warned this was not because less temporary staff were needed.

Inspectors rate Royal Devon & Exeter hospital as "good"

Exeter Express and Echo - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
“The NHS is going through really challenging times and to achieve this level of performance with the challenges we face is a major accolade to our staff.
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No such thing as a safe tan, warn health officials - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
The advice also states that babies under six months of age should be kept out of direct strong sunlight and says children should cover up and be encouraged to spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm between March and October.
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EU proposals will force multinationals to disclose tax arrangements

The Guardian - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
The thing is that these big companies should collect VAT on every sale they make or facilitate, but the law seems to put the ownus on the recipient of goods (that are sent direct from other countries), to pay the tax, which of course no right minded ...

Communicating HSCN: Why the government must act now

Government Computing Network - ‎13 hours ago‎
The proposed Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) will be the successor to the NHS' current N3 national healthcare network.