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Researchers claim NHS drug decisions 'are flawed'

The formula used by the NHS to recommend which drugs should be funded is "flawed" and should be scrapped, researchers say.

The European Commission-funded study tested the assumptions of the system used by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

Researchers concluded the watchdog's system failed to reflect variations in views on illness and disability.

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Posted by: on January 25th, 2013 @ 09:16 AM
Tagged with: drug government NHS

Wards dangerously understaffed, say nurses in survey

More than half of nurses believe their NHS ward or unit is dangerously understaffed, according to a survey.

The Nursing Times conducted an online poll of nearly 600 of its readers on issues such as staffing, patient safety and NHS culture.

Three-quarters had witnessed what they considered "poor" care over the past 12 months, the survey found.

The government said it had increased staffing and hundreds of new nurses were still being taken on by the NHS.

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Posted by: Andrew Healing on February 4th, 2013 @ 10:54 AM
Tagged with: government NHS Nurse

Social care: Jeremy Hunt hails 'fully-funded solutions'

It is expected to include a £75,000 cap on the costs people pay for care and a rise in the threshold for means-tested support from £23,250 to £123,000.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the "scandal" of many people selling homes to pay care bills must be tackled.

Labour said the country needed "a far bigger and bolder response".

At present, up to 40,000 people every year are forced into selling their homes because they face unlimited care bills, says Mr Hunt - who will set out the plan in a statement to the Commons.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday the aim was "to be one of the first countries in the world which creates a system where people don't have to sell their own house".

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Posted by: on February 11st, 2013 @ 09:16 AM
Tagged with: elderly care healthcare NHS

Health trusts call for urgent debat on national pay

A body representing more than 200 NHS trusts across England says new ways of negotiating pay need to be considered.

The chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN), Chris Hopson, has questioned whether national agreements can deliver the savings needed for the health service.

He said it was time to consider setting pay regionally or trust-by-trust.

Unison has warned against putting at risk current proposals, covering more than one million NHS workers.

A new national deal on pay, terms and conditions for most NHS staff in England appears tantalisingly close.

Trade unions are consulting on changes to the Agenda for Change scheme, covering more than one million workers. One of the main modifications is a clearer link between annual pay increments and performance.

Mr Hopson said NHS trusts completely supported the deal on the table.

However, he argued that when you look at the challenges trusts face over the next five years - a flat budget, rising costs, and the need to improve care at nights and weekends - it will not be enough.

Posted by: on February 12nd, 2013 @ 1:02 PM

Smoking ban 'cuts premature births'

The theory that public smoking bans cut the number of children born prematurely has been strengthened by new research.

The study of 600,000 births found three successive drops in babies born before 37 weeks - each occurring after a phase of a public smoking ban was introduced.

There was no such trend in the period before the bans were put in place, the British Medical Journal reported.

The study, by Hasselt University in Belgium, comes after Scottish research in 2012 found a similar pattern.

But experts could not fully state the smoking ban was the cause of the change because pre-term births had started to drop before the ban.

It is already well established that smoking leads to reduced birth weight and an increased risk of premature birth.

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Posted by: on February 15th, 2013 @ 10:26 AM
Tagged with: health NHS

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