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Mixed results in latest Dr Foster report

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 11:38 -- martinn

A new report has exposed high death rates in a number of NHS trusts.

The Dr Foster Hospital Guide reveals that in 19 hospital trusts the death rate was unusually high and cites four in particular where an unexpectedly high number died following surgery. The four include Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust where 33 more patients died than would have been expected and Hull, along with University Hospitals Birmingham, is the only trust to have higher rates than average in both overall death rates and rates of death after surgery.

Campaign leader gives evidence on failings at Stafford Hospital

Thu, 11/25/2010 - 12:28 -- martinn

Robert Francis QC, who is chairing an inquiry into the “appalling standards of care” seen at Stafford Hospital, has heard evidence from Julie Bailey who has led a campaign into the failings.

Miss Bailey, who formed campaign group Cure the NHS, because of the treatment her mother received at Stafford Hospital, said she spent eight weeks sleeping by her mother’s bed at night because she was so concerned about the “chaotic and under-staffed wards”.

Doctor struck off after turning down patient alarms

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 12:13 -- martinn

A Plymouth doctor has been struck off after he turned down the volume on intensive care patients’ alarms because he was irritated by the constant buzzing noise they made.

Christopher Burrows has been struck off for medical negligence, 12 months after being suspended by the General Medical Council and after failing to attend hearings or provide any evidence as to why he should be retained.

West Yorkshire woman in fight to be allowed drug

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 11:48 -- martinn

A Selby woman who has inoperable breast cancer is battling with the authorities to try and get access to a drug that could prolong her life.

Trudy Cusworth, who was first diagnosed with the disease in 2006, has been told that the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes and her lungs and is inoperable although she is due to have another round of chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumours. Her consultant oncologist wants her to be able to take the drug Avastin alongside the treatment but a panel of doctors argue that it will not benefit her.

New MS treatment to be offered

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 14:27 -- martinn
A clinic in Edinburgh is to offer surgical treatment for multiple sclerosis sufferers amid claims that it is not safe or effective.

The NHS has already said that it will not be offering the treatment which is meant to improve the blood flow from the brain and the central nervous system but the Essential Health Clinic in the Scottish capital will begin offering the treatment within weeks. The whole package, that includes screening, consultation, day surgery and a six-month follow up, costs almost £6,000.

New treatment for arthritis sufferers

Tue, 07/20/2010 - 15:02 -- martinn
A new intensive form of therapy for arthritis sufferers is being trialled in Leeds.

The Arthritis Research Campaign is funding the £500,000 trial which is testing 200 people in Leeds who suffer from psoriatic arthritis, an early form of the illness which also affects the skin. The trial, being run at Chapel Allerton Hospital concentrates on intensive therapy and monthly checks. The Leeds team believe that this form of treatment could reduce joint damage more effectively that the current, less frequent method. If successful it could become standard practice throughout the country.

Hospitals failing to administer medication to some patients

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 13:42 -- martinn

Hospitals throughout England & Wales have been failing to give some patients medication or have been late providing it

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has found that many hospital patients are not getting the medication that they require.

The health watchdog has found evidence of this medical negligence in all hospitals throughout England and Wales, where medication is being dispensed late or not at all, with 27 occurrences resulting in patients dying.

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