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Could prescribing self-help books really treat depression?

Giving patients self-help books on the NHS, backed-up by "support sessions" could be an effective treatment for depression, according to evidence from a Glasgow-based study. The study, published in the journa lPlos One, featured 281 patients who diagnosed with depression by their GP. Around half of these were also prescribed anti-depressant drugs. After a year [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 January 29th, 2013|NHS|Comments Off on Could prescribing self-help books really treat depression?

Research suggests exercise gives no additional help in treating depression

Recent NHS funded research has suggested that exercise provides no additional help when treating people who are suffering from depression. Previous research had suggested that exercise could help to treat people with mild depression. This led to the National Institutes for Health and Clinical Excellence issuing guidelines in 2004 that advised suffers to take three [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 July 11th, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on Research suggests exercise gives no additional help in treating depression

A&E waiting times on the rise

The King’s Fund report has revealed that waiting times in A&E departments have started rising at a steep rate and have reached their highest level in seven years. The government targets for indicate that no more than 5% of patients should wait more than 4hours in an A&E department before being seen by a doctor. [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 June 3rd, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on A&E waiting times on the rise

Charity warns of MS nurse shortage in Wales

The Multiple Sclerosis Society Cymru have raised concerns over a shortage of specialist MS nurses in some areas of Wales. They indicate that there are 13 specialist MS nurses in Wales, but only one was present in North Wales and none in Powys. However, there are approximately 4,000 people in Wales who suffer from MS. [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 17th, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on Charity warns of MS nurse shortage in Wales

Higher death rate in patients admitted to hospital on a weekend

A major new study has backed up recent research that indicated patients were more likely to die if they were admitted to hospital at a weekend. In November, a report indicated that patients admitted to hospital in need of emergency care were 10% more likely to die if they had been admitted over a weekend. [...]

By | 2012-02-06T15:53:08+00:00 February 6th, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on Higher death rate in patients admitted to hospital on a weekend

NHS to allow patients to choose their GP

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has announced plans to allow patients in England to choose which GP they want to register with. From April next year, a trial of the plans will begin. People in parts of London, Manchester and Nottingham will be allowed to register with a GP of their choice. This means that [...]

By | 2012-01-04T08:25:53+00:00 January 4th, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on NHS to allow patients to choose their GP

Government to allow 49% of NHS hospital beds for private patients

A recent change to the ongoing health bill could allow NHS hospitals to use nearly a half of their hospital beds for private patients. In 2003, the Labour government placed a cap on the amount of income that hospitals can raise from private patients, following the setting up of foundation hospitals. Foundation hospitals have more [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 January 2nd, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on Government to allow 49% of NHS hospital beds for private patients

London NHS Trust under investigation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has began investigating the London Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust after concerns were raised regarding the levels patient care, including care in the Accident and Emergency department and the maternity department. This is only the second time the CQC has had to launch a major investigation and [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:17+00:00 July 5th, 2011|NHS|Comments Off on London NHS Trust under investigation

MPs argue for revision of NHS complaints system

A committee of MPs have said that the complaints system for the NHS in England is failing patients. They suggest that it needs to be completely overhauled to ensure that it provides justice for those with a genuine complaint. The health select committee went on to criticize the heath ombudsman’s role as being too narrow [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:17+00:00 June 30th, 2011|NHS|Comments Off on MPs argue for revision of NHS complaints system

NHS reforms: RCN claims ‘nursing staff already suffering’

The Royal College of Nursing has sent a strong, clear message to the coalition Government this week over its plans to reform the NHS. Not only are nursing jobs likely to be lost, the RCN say nursing staff are already being asked to work beyond their salaried hours and through lunchbreaks to plug the gaps [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:19+00:00 April 10th, 2011|NHS, NHS Reforms|Comments Off on NHS reforms: RCN claims ‘nursing staff already suffering’