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Poor NHS care kills up to 10,000 people a year, CQC chief claims

David Prior, who heads the regulator, warns variable standards in the health service lead to thousands of avoidable deaths<p>The treatment provided by hospitals and GPs is so "dangerously" variable that poor care kills up to 10,000 patients a year, the head of the NHS regulator claims.<p>In a withering …

Obesity could bankrupt NHS if left unchecked

The chief executive of NHS England has warned that obesity will bankrupt the health service unless Britain gets serious about tackling the problem.<p>"Obesity is the new smoking, and it represents a slow-motion car crash in terms of avoidable illness and rising health care costs," Simon Stevens told …

How social prescribing is cutting the NHS drugs bill

Instead of prescribing medication, some GPs are offering patients access to exercise, social support and help with housing or employment<p>• How the NHS can deal with soaring drugs prices<p>Research has highlighted the growing issues around antibiotic resistance and over-prescribing drugs in the NHS. …

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The NHS Can't Afford to Help Mentally Ill People Unless They're Desperate

Which means more people are becoming desperate in the first place.<p><i>Collage by Marta Parszeniew</i><p>Yesterday, mental health charity MIND released some stats that made for pretty depressing reading. In Britain, four in ten people who have tried to access therapy in the last two years have waited more than …

We bailed out the banks, we can afford to save the NHS

Is it surprising that NHS hospitals are facing a deficit (Financial crunch tips NHS towards £1bn deficit, 16 September) when the so-called “efficiency savings” of 4% a year have been running for at least four years and the money for hospitals for doing the work (tariff and non-tariff) has been …

David Nicholson: we need a new tax to fund the NHS

The former NHS chief executive sets out four steps to fix NHS finances<p>• Throwing money at the NHS won't solve all its problems • NHS financial squeeze unsustainable in face of demand<p>It's hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on a news programme without finding someone pontificating about the …

You are my sunshine... video of man serenading wife of 66 years from hospital bed goes viral

Stuck in a hosptial bed and fearing he may die, 86-year-old James Pinegar makes sure his wife of 66 years knows exactly what she means to him in a heart-warming video that has gone viral.<p>The Utah man was being treated for a blood infection in a local hospital when he recorded the touching tribute …

Woman dies in ambulance queueing outside Welsh hospital

Investigation launched after patient dies while waiting to be admitted to Morriston hospital in Swansea<p>Health officials have launched an investigation after a woman died in an ambulance queueing outside a hospital.<p>It was reported the woman had been waiting in the vehicle outside Morriston hospital, …

A Bogus Cure For Chinese Hospitals: Airline-Style Hostesses

<i>-Analysis-</i><p><b>BEIJING</b> — There's a new trend in China's public hospitals: "stewardess nurses," sporting smart uniforms, pretty faces and nice airs while …

Hospital Janitor Plays Piano So Patients, Loved Ones Can 'Forget Their Worries'

This janitor is bringing a little peace to the hearts of hospital visitors through his musical gift.<p>Rolando Maaba, 55, works at Rockford Health Systems in Illinois, according to the hospital's YouTube page. Though he spends most of his day on custodial work, Maaba forgoes his break in order to play …

Hospitals are facing 'unceasing demand' for A&E and other services

Growing numbers of hospitals are missing NHS waiting-time targets, figures reveal<p>Hospitals are treating record numbers of patients as they face unprecedented and "unceasing demand" for their services, NHS leaders warned on Friday.<p>New official figures from Monitor, the health service regulator, …

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

A hospital is probably the last place a foodie traveling abroad wants to grab a bite.<p>After all, hospital food here in the U.S. conjures a stereotype of mystery meat and a starchy, bland side. But around the globe, there's a lot of variety. A scan of hospital food pictures on Flickr and various …