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  • Pentland Hill Nursing Home: Inspectors say it must improve 'immediately'

    November 27, 2013 5:49 PM 24

    Care inspectors said BUPA's Pentland Hill residential home in Edinburgh must show immediate evidence of significant improvement or it will face closure. BUPA has been given until this week to meet care standards. A decision on its future is due soon afterwards. The Care Inspectorate said from its visit in October it found the quality of care, leadership

  • The financial cost of cancer

    November 27, 2013 10:34 AM 27

    A diagnosis of cancer is, naturally, a harrowing moment. Concern about survival prospects and what the treatment will involve will be the first thoughts of many. But the financial consequences can be severe too, as this report produced by Demos shows. The think-tank calculates the average cost is about £7,000 a year - equivalent to the standard mortgage

  • NHS told to stop turning 'blind eye' to smoking

    November 27, 2013 6:01 AM 24

    The NHS must stop turning a "blind eye" to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up. Staff should also stop helping patients out of their beds to go for a smoke

  • Taxis attending 999 calls, Labour claims

    November 26, 2013 9:00 PM 24

    Police, fire fighters and taxis are increasingly attending 999 calls to support pressured ambulance services, Labour's shadow health secretary has claimed. Andy Burnham said ambulances are "trapped" at Accident & Emergency departments (A&E) unable to hand over patients, meaning that "large swathes" of the country are without adequate ambulance cover

  • MRSA found in poultry destined for shops

    November 26, 2013 6:51 PM 50

    The first case of MRSA in poultry in the UK has been found in turkeys and chickens on a farm in East Anglia says the Department of Health (DH). A spokesman said that two thirds of the turkeys on the farm, which hasn't been named, were found to be infected. It is thought that hundreds of turkeys have already been sold to local retail outlets and farm gate sales

  • Colchester Hospital: Review of cancer records revealed

    November 26, 2013 6:19 PM 24

    Details of a review of a hospital found to have "inaccuracies" in its cancer waiting times have been revealed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Colchester Hospital staff were "pressured or bullied" to change data relating to patients and treatment. Every type of cancer treatment is being looked at by 18 clinicians and a senior police officer, NHS England

  • Teen left fighting for life from horror bike crash hugs his dad and says hello - after waking up from four MONTH coma

    November 26, 2013 2:40 PM 22

    Ryan Smith was left with life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a van on his way to work in Lincolnshire in July Ryan's dad Mark has been at his side every day since his son fell into a coma. (SWNS) Ryan Smith with his dad Mark Smith (R) and footballer John Hartson (L). (SWNS)

  • Boots recalls cough and cold medicines

    November 26, 2013 1:55 PM 25

    Pharmacy giant Boots is recalling tens of thousands of bottles of cough and cold medicines over fears that plastic might have got into the liquid. As a precautionary measure Boots is asking UK shoppers to return any of five of its branded medicines that were purchased since September. This includes a strawberry flavoured suspension of oral ibuprofen

  • Gay pop star reveals how getting tested for HIV saved his life

    November 26, 2013 1:15 PM 28

    Andy Bell, Erasure's frontman, is speaking out to encourage other LGBTI people to get tested during National HIV Testing Week in the UK. Running up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, the testing week is taking place from now until 29 November. 'The sooner you find out whether you are positive (or negative), the sooner you can start your combination therapy

  • Cancer death rates down by 11% over past ten years, report shows

    November 26, 2013 12:03 PM 40

    Cancer death rates have fallen by more than a tenth over the past ten years, official statistics have shown. Figures released by NHS Scotland on Tuesday showed an 11.2% downturn in the number of people with cancer who die of the disease. The rate has fallen by 15.5% for men and 5% for women, according to the report from the health service's Information