Category Archives: Health

MSP committee calls for changes to disability assessments

From The Courier: The assessment used to determine whether ill or disabled people can work should be changed to make it more “effective and humane”, a Holyrood Committee has said. Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) are used by the Department of … Continue reading

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NHS trust spends £50,000 on promotional video

From BBC News: A debt-ridden NHS Trust has been criticised for spending nearly £50,000 on a promotional video. Heatherwood and Wexham Park Trust, in Berkshire, commissioned the six-minute short to inspire visitors and staff. But Patient Concern called it “fluff” and … Continue reading

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UK’s first female genital mutilation prosecutions announced

From BBC News: The first UK prosecutions over female genital mutilation have been announced by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Dr Dhanoun Dharmasena, 31, of Ilford, Essex, will be prosecuted for an alleged offence while working at the Whittington Hospital … Continue reading

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Doctors to hold debate about charging patients for NHS care

From The Guardian: British Medical Association conference to discuss motion calling current system unviable and proposing fees for some services NHS treatment free at the point of delivery is no longer affordable, doctors will argue. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Doctors will … Continue reading

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Future vaccines could be delivered via patch

From BBC News: The Nanopatch contains an array of thousands of vaccine-coated projections that perforate the skin A skin patch that can deliver vaccines cheaply and effectively has been shown off at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh. Using a patch … Continue reading

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Michael Stratton, cancer gene scientist, knighted

From BBC News: Prof Stratton has been knighted for his research into the genetic causes of human cancers The scientist who identified one of the genes that causes breast cancer has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. … Continue reading

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Elderly care firm suspended over woman’s treatment

From BBC News:  The BBC has obtained footage showing multiple failings in the home care provided by a company to one woman The firm at the centre of a row about the poor care of an elderly woman in her … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court says human DNA cannot be patented

From BBC News: Around 40% of the human genome is subject to patents, researchers say Human genes may not be patented, but artificially copied DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, the US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously. The court … Continue reading

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NHS hospitals spend £2m on gagging orders preventing staff speaking out

From The Independent: Tory MP, Steve Barclay, accuses NHS chief Sir David Nicholson of either failing to ask questions about the orders or being ‘complicit in a cover-up’ Hospitals have spent £2 million on more than 50 gagging orders preventing … Continue reading

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Samoa Airlines charges passengers by weight

From 3 News: Samoa Airlines has decided to do what other airlines have only ever joked about – charge passengers by weight. The airline’s new fare schedule sees travellers charged between WST$1 (NZ$0.52) and $4.45 (NZ$2.32) per kilogram to fly … Continue reading

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