Hospital psychiatric detainees more at risk of preventable death

Patients detained in hospital psychiatric wards are up to five times more likely to suffer a preventable death than mentally ill prisoners in the prisons of England and Wales, according to figures obtained by an official inquiry. For the first time, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) examined how civil liberties of detainees with… [Continue Reading]

International arms firm Lockheed Martin in the frame for £1bn NHS contract

Doctors have expressed dismay at reports that an international arms firm is considering a bid for a £1bn NHS contract to run GP support services in England. American defence giant Lockheed Martin was one of a number of private companies represented at a recent meeting hosted by NHS England, for those interested in taking over… [Continue Reading]

Scandal of ‘tax’ on dementia: Thousands forced to pay for care

DEMENTIA patients and their families are being forced to pay for care. Yet victims of other chronic conditions like heart disease receive help free on the NHS. Two hard-hitting reports today warn that those with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease face a “­dementia tax” of about £21,000 a year – the value of unpaid care… [Continue Reading]

Drug firms and chemists ‘colluding to overcharge the NHS millions of pounds

Drug companies and pharmacies have been accused of striking up underhand deals to overcharge the NHS millions of pounds. Pharmaceutical companies may have inflated the price of more than 20,000 drugs that are not covered by NHS price regulations. Following an undercover investigation by its reporters, the Daily Telegraph claims that the prices of the… [Continue Reading]

NHS ‘cover-up’ unacceptable, says health secretary

A cover-up by England’s NHS regulatory body after a series of baby deaths at a Cumbria hospital is unacceptable, the health secretary says. Jeremy Hunt was speaking after a review of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) response to complaints about several deaths at Furness General Hospital. The review has shown a senior manager may have… [Continue Reading]

Thousands of U.K. doctors putting patients on ‘death lists’ and denying them treatment

The face of government-run socialized medicine just keeps getting uglier in Britain, where as many as 3,000 doctors are set to place many thousands more patients on so-called “death registers” where they are ultimately denied treatment – all to save a buck. Or in this case, a pound. Being placed on the registers means those… [Continue Reading]

NHS hearing services ‘being cut’

NHS hearing services are being scaled back in England, an investigation by campaigners suggests. Data obtained by Action on Hearing Loss from 128 hospitals found more than 40% had seen cuts in the past 18 months. In particular, the study found evidence of rises in waiting times and reductions in follow-up care. The report is… [Continue Reading]