Private surgery ‘needs better patient safety regulation’

Image copyright Getty Images The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated, following the case of Ian Paterson. The surgeon was convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands. He is due to be sentenced this month. […]

Beauty sleep is a real thing, research shows

Image copyright MilanMarkovic/Getty images Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look “significantly” more ugly, their sleep experiments suggest. Dark-circled “panda” eyes and puffy lids can […]

Cancer drug price hike company investigated

Image copyright SPL The European Commission has launched an investigation into claims that drug company Aspen Pharma excessively increased prices of five life-saving cancer medicines. The drugs include chlorambucil and busulfan – used to treat leukaemia. The Commission said it was looking at claims that Aspen imposed “very significant and unjustified” price hikes. The company […]

NHS cyber attack: A&Es ‘fully open’ again

Image copyright EPA Patients are no longer being diverted away from accident and emergency units following the cyber attack, NHS England says. When the computer virus struck on Friday 47 trusts were affected and seven had to close their doors in A&E to ambulances. Some routine surgery and GP appointments were also cancelled across the […]

NHS cyber-attack: No ‘second spike’ but disruption continues

Media captionJeremy Hunt: “80% of the NHS was unaffected” A “second spike” in cyber-attacks has not hit the NHS but some hospital trusts are suffering ongoing disruption due to Friday’s ransomware attack. Routine surgery and GP appointments have been cancelled across the NHS as it recovers from the global outbreak. But the number of hospitals […]

NHS ‘was repeatedly warned’ of attack

Media captionThe NHS has been given about £50m to improve its computer systems, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says. Hospital trusts were repeatedly warned about cyber threats before the attack on computer systems on Friday, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said. He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show the NHS was given “a large chunk” of […]

Nurses to stage ‘summer of protest activity’ over pay cap

Media caption“These trusts are in deficit and then to save money, they are not actually filling some of these vacancies” – Janet Davies, RCN Nurses will stage a “summer of protest activity” across the UK over pay, the Royal College of Nursing has said. Its members will also be balloted on industrial action unless the […]

NHS cyber-attack: Amber Rudd says lessons must be learnt

Media captionAmber Rudd: NHS trusts must learn and upgrade The NHS “must learn” from Friday’s cyber-attack and upgrade its IT systems, the home secretary has said. Amber Rudd told the BBC the services of 45 NHS organisations in England and Scotland had been disrupted amid a global attack that affected organisations across the world. She […]

NHS cyber-attack: GPs and hospitals hit by ransomware

NHS cyber-attack: GPs and hospitals hit by ransomware

Media captionDiverted patients and paper notes: A doctor describes the impact on his hospital A major incident has been declared after NHS services across England and Scotland were hit by a large-scale cyber-attack. Staff cannot access patient data, which has been scrambled by ransomware. There is no evidence patient data has been compromised, NHS Digital […]

Sushi lovers warned of parasites danger in raw fish

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Most cases of anisakiasis have been reported in Japan, where a raw fish diet is common Sushi lovers are being warned of the dangers of ingesting parasites from raw and undercooked fish. Doctors writing in British Medical Journal Case Reports said sushi’s growing popularity in the West could be […]

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