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KEN ADMITS HE USES PRIVATE HEALTHCARE

KEN Livingstone, the Labour candidate to be Mayor of London and a noted opponent of NHS privatisation, uses private healthcare services, City A.M. has learned.

 

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Calls for greater disclosure on NHS chiefs' meetings with private US health insurer

Calls for greater disclosure on NHS chiefs' meetings with private US health insurer | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Critics warn of more privatisation as UnitedHealth leads firms seeking £1bn worth of contracts

 

A handful of consultancy firms and a health insurance giant bidding for NHS contracts have been operating a discreet forum at which they receive regular briefings from senior health service managers charged with ushering in the new era of competition among its providers. The revelation has raised fears that the NHS is falling victim to a land grab by a few powerful business interests.

 

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the campaign group Spinwatch shine a light on the workings of an obscure group whose existence and limited membership has alarmed campaigners who want the NHS to remain public.

 

The Commissioning Support Industry Group (CSIG) is largely unknown to outsiders. Its members are jockeying to win an estimated £1bn of contracts advising the new doctor-led clinical commissioning groups that will be responsible for spending more than two-thirds of the NHS budget on purchasing patient care.

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Why are so many secrets being kept from the taxpayer and how many of the NHS staff involoved in these discussions will end up with jobs at the private compnaies?

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Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain

Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old boy who was taken out of hospital against doctors’ orders, have been arrested after they were found with their son in Spain.
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The secret sell-out of Scotland’s NHS

The secret sell-out of Scotland’s NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it
SHAMELESS Alex Neil and Nicola Sturgeon were urged to explain themselves or resign last night over a secretive attempt to privatise the Scottish NHS by the back door.

 

The angry response comes as this newspaper today exposes a long-running campaign to manipulate health board spending figures to hide the full extent of private sector involvement.

 

Ministers boast that only £80million of hospital funding is privatised but in fact almost £500million went to “sub-contractors” last year – almost five per cent of Holyrood’s annual NHS budget.

 

These third parties include commercial firms, voluntary organisations and councils, in order to fund care for the elderly, people with mental health issues and learning disabilities, and community care. 

 

Councils are increasingly bringing in the private sector to help meet needs in each of these areas – a fact that is acknowledged and even encouraged by the Scottish Government.

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12 NHS Hospitals Using 3D-Printed Models To Test Implants Before Surgery

12 NHS Hospitals Using 3D-Printed Models To Test Implants Before Surgery | nhswatch | Scoop.it
UK medical printing specialist Replica 3DM is converting CT scans into models NHS surgeons can test implants on

 

Replica 3DM was started about two years ago. To start with it provided Salisbury District Hospital with a medical 3D-printing service in a new department.

 

"We wanted to set up a 3D-printing hub for hospitals who can't afford the 3D-printing equipment or can't justify it as their 3D model numbers are so low," Replica 3DM managing director Matthew Sherry told IBTimes UK.

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One in three people in Wales rarely walks to work or shops, says report

One in three people in Wales rarely walks to work or shops, says report | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Most people shun cycling despite active travel campaigns.

 

A third of people in Wales use walking as a means of transport “infrequently or not at all,” a report revealed yesterday

Meanwhile, another third had not walked or cycled for at least five minutes in the previous seven days, despite a flagship Welsh Government policy is to encourage active travel to improve public health.

 

The findings demonstrated the challenge for the campaign and the new active travel act which legally obliges local councils to plan for walking and cycling.

 

Official figures showed that among those aged 16 and over last year, just 6% had cycled at least once a week in the previous three months.

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Irate patient snaps pitiful meals during stay in new hospital

Irate patient snaps pitiful meals during stay in new hospital | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Steven Williams spent eight days at Southmead Hospital in Bristol after having an operation on his feet but was dismayed with the quality and size of meals he was given.
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I wonder how much Simon Wood, Director of Facilities at North Bristol NHS Trust really has an understanding of what is going on in his hospital. Does he eat hospital food every day to check on the quality, I expect not.

 

Another example of could do better.

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Inquest into death of woman at Whitlingham Lake, near Norwich

Inquest into death of woman at Whitlingham Lake, near Norwich | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A woman’s body was found in Whitlingham Lake, near Norwich, 14 days after she was discharged from a psychiatric hospital, an inquest heard.

 

Lisa Pollini, 47, was last seen on March 18 after being driven to her home in Lobelia Lane, Cringleford by a member of staff at Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth.

 

Yesterday’s Norwich inquest heard that her movements after that were unknown. The inquest heard that when Miss Pollini was discharged from the hospital, which is run by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, she told staff that she would be supported by her family.

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Hospital merger best for patients as current system

Hospital merger best for patients as current system | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The boss of Cornwall's main hospital is calling for a merger with two other major healthcare organisations warning that services are 'unsustainable' in their current form. Last month, the NHS trust...
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Stafford Hospital protesters vow to fight tooth and nail to save maternity services

Stafford Hospital protesters vow to fight tooth and nail to save maternity services | nhswatch | Scoop.it

PROTESTERS are pledging to fight tooth and nail against plans to move consultant-led maternity services out of Stafford Hospital.

 

And they say the controversial move makes a mockery of assurances given bye Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and University Hospital of North Staffordshire chief executive Mark Hackett that a “double lock” of reviews would take place to scrutinise changes before any service was moved out of Stafford.

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Why do private hospitals want to hide their patient safety records?

Why do private hospitals want to hide their patient safety records? | nhswatch | Scoop.it

In opposition George Osborne criticised the 'endemic culture of secrecy in some private hospitals'.

 

But after 4 years in government, the secrecy persists, even as the NHS itself is opened up to ever more scrutiny.

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What is there to cover up I wonder?

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Nearly half of the Welsh population have not seen an NHS dentist for two years

Nearly half of the Welsh population have not seen an NHS dentist for two years | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Figures released by the Welsh Government show just 54.7% of the population received NHS dental treatment in 24 months
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Major new cancer centre planned for Merseyside and Cheshire

Major new cancer centre planned for Merseyside and Cheshire | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Plans for a new specialist £118m hospital located in the heart of Liverpool which will offer better care to seriously ill patients have been unveiled.

The new hospital – will be run by the...
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Mum with NHS gastric band demands 'fat camp' funding for her daughter

Mum with NHS gastric band demands 'fat camp' funding for her daughter | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A MOTHER who has lost almost half her 38 stone weight with an NHS gastric band is now hoping taxpayers will fork out £4,500 so her daughter can go to a "fat camp".
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What is proton beam therapy?

What is proton beam therapy? | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The treatment is a type of radiation therapy that uses beams of protons - or small parts of atoms - rather than high energy X-rays, as with conventional radiotherapy.

 

The protons can be directed at a tumour more precisely than X-rays and unlike conventional treatments the beams stop once they hit the target, rather than carrying on through the body.

 

Experts say this causes less damage to surrounding tissue and reduces side-effects.

 

Matthew Crocker, a consultant neurosurgeon at St George's Healthcare, in London, said conventional radiotherapy had "a range of side-effects, partly because of the way that the energy is distributed".

 

He said proton beam therapy could be potentially successful for tumours "within the brain and central nervous-system".

 

NHS England says the treatment works best on "very rare cancers, including tumours affecting the base of the skull or the spine", and is "particularly suitable to specific complex childhood cancers".

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Brain tumour boy snatched from NHS hospital is being treated in Malaga

Brain tumour boy snatched from NHS hospital is being treated in Malaga | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Terminally ill Ashya King was found with his parents Brett and Naghmeh King outside a Spanish hotel last night, following a Europe-wide search.

 

The five-year-old terminally ill boy snatched from an NHS hospital was being treated by doctors in Malaga today as British police faced questions over the handling of the case.

Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, was found with his Jehovah's Witness parents Brett and Naghmeh King by police last night, following a Europe-wide search, described by Mr King as a 'ridiculous chase' as he asked to be 'left in peace'.

However, Hampshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, said he makes 'no apology for the police being as proactive as we can to find Ashya, as medical experts had expressed 'grave concern' for the missing boy.

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Amazing reaction to a heartfelt problem facing the parents. Don't think that Hampshire Police or Southampton Hosptial comes out of this 'dragnet' with any positive points at all!

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NHS complaints rise to 480 every day

NHS complaints rise to 480 every day | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The number of complaints made about NHS care in England increased to an average of 480 every day, official data shows.

 

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures on written complaints showed an 8% rise in 2013-14, compared with the previous year.

 

The complaints cover all aspects of the NHS from hospitals and GPs to dental practices and ambulances.

 

However, a patients' watchdog said the official figures were just the tip of the iceberg.

 

In the year 2013-14 a total of 174,900 complaints were made about the NHS. It compared to 162,019 the previous year and 131,022 in the 2007-08 financial year.

 

The most complaints - 34,400 - were focused on inpatient hospital care.

 

The largest percentage increase in complaints was for ambulance crews - up 28.5% to 5,700.

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MSP hits out at nightmare hospital bed blocking figures

MSP hits out at nightmare hospital bed blocking figures | nhswatch | Scoop.it
THE problem of bed blocking at Highland hospitals has nearly trebled in the past two and a half years.

 

Highland MSP Mary Scanlon said the situation was a "nightmare" as NHS Highland faces a £15.6 million overspend by the end of April next year.

 

The figures from the Information Services Division show that the total number of bed days occupied by delayed discharge patients in the Highlands has gone up during the latest quarter.

 

In January-March, a total of 8,110 bed blocking days were used by delayed discharge patients, rising to 8,377 between April-June of this year.

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More information needed on type 2 diabetes drug empagliflozin

NICE has called for more evidence from Boehringer Ingelheim on its drug empagliflozin for treating type 2 diabetes in new draft guidance.

 

Type 2 diabetes is a long-term, progressive condition that causes blood sugar levels to become too high.

 

It occurs when the body is not able to use or produce enough insulin – the hormone that controls blood sugar levels and fat metabolism in the body. Many people with diabetes eventually need help to manage their blood sugar levels.

 

Empagliflozin (marketed as Jardiance) works by blocking the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys which is instead passed out of the body in the urine. It is an oral, once-daily medication belonging to a class of drugs called sodium glucose co-transporter (SGLT-2) inhibitors.

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One of the UK's biggest unions backs our NHS parking fight

One of the UK's biggest unions backs our NHS parking fight | nhswatch | Scoop.it
ONE of the country’s biggest unions yesterday called on “immoral” hospital bosses to axe “extortionate” parking charges for staff who need their car for work.
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GPs should offer online bookings

GPs should offer online bookings | nhswatch | Scoop.it
MORE GP surgeries should allow appointments to be booked online, according to a new report.
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NHS patient groups warn more doctor assistants may be 'healthcare on cheap'

NHS patient groups warn more doctor assistants may be 'healthcare on cheap' | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Physician associates will have two years of intensive training, as opposed to seven years completed by fully fledged doctors. The government is launching a recruitment drive to hire more doctors' assistants to try to help take pressure off a...

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People warned to avoid Birmingham hospital A&Es over Bank Holiday

People warned to avoid Birmingham hospital A&Es over Bank Holiday | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Health chiefs in Birmingham have warned people to avoid hospital A&Es over the Bank Holiday weekend unless facing ‘‘a life threatening emergency’’.

 

People are instead being advised to go to nearby urgent care and walk-in centres across the city.

 

Dr Gavin Ralston, of Birmingham CrossCity CCG, which runs NHS services, said: “The summer bank holiday is happily nearly here and the last thing anyone wants to do is spend it in A&E.

 

“People sometimes think A&E is the quickest place to get treatment, however there are lots of other services available that can advise on and treat non-life threatening illnesses and injuries more quickly. These include GP out-of-hours services, urgent care and walk-in centres, NHS 111 and pharmacies.

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NHS to foot the bill for negligence claims against private firm

NHS to foot the bill for negligence claims against private firm | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Complications following a number of cataract operations carried out on NHS patients by mobile theatre provider Vanguard Healthcare has again raised questions about...
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New guidance published by nursing infection control experts

New guidance published by nursing infection control experts | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Healthcare organisations should use a series of indicators to support performance management of infection prevention and control, according to updated guidance.
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Chatham pensioner David Hargood suffers after being given another man's pills at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham

Chatham pensioner David Hargood suffers after being given another man's pills at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A pensioner has suffered a string of side effects after being sent home from hospital with someone else's heart medication.
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