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A&E Departments Face Deepening Crisis this Winter

A&E Departments Face Deepening Crisis this Winter

Since 2011 there has been a 43% increase in the number of people waiting more than 4 hours in emergency departments and an 89% rise in the number of so-called “trolley waits”. With A&E waiting times and the number of people waiting on trolleys for beds up significantly, Cliff Mann who is president of the […]

Class of Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs Associated with Slowing of Cognitive Decline

Class of Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs Associated with Slowing of Cognitive Decline

Could the medication you are taking for high blood pressure also help to prevent cognitive decline? A piece of research carried out by teams in Ireland and Canada, which was published in BMJ Open, has found that centrally acting ACE inhibitors (CACE-Is), which are prescribed to help lower blood pressure, resulted in a slight slowing […]

Health Tourism Placing Growing Burden on NHS

Health Tourism Placing Growing Burden on NHS

While the NHS provides care that is “free at the point of delivery,” a growing number of health tourists are placing a strain on the system; foreign nationals need to have been a resident here for at least a year in order to access free medical care, but checks on this are not always carried […]

Failure to Share Patient Records Contributing to Long Wait in A&E

Failure to Share Patient Records Contributing to Long Wait in A&E

“Unsafe, undignified and inhuman” were the words used by one of the national directors of the NHS to describe the care that patients receive when they attend A&E departments. Tim Kelsey highlighted the current failure for someone’s medical history to be easily accessible on arrival to hospital, increasing the number of hours patients and their […]

Transferring Money from Health Budget to Defence Will Place Added Pressures on NHS

Transferring Money from Health Budget to Defence Will Place Added Pressures on NHS

At the end of April it was revealed that the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, is in discussion with the Treasury with regards to transferring money that was destined for spending on health and education instead to reduce the effects felt by cuts in the Ministry of Defence budget. The sum is understood to be as […]

Gene Therapy Offers Hope to Heart Failure Patients

Gene Therapy Offers Hope to Heart Failure Patients

Trials in the UK to treat heart failure using gene therapy are just weeks away. As many as a million people here have the condition, where the heart is unable to effectively supply blood to other parts of the body and as a result is potentially life-threatening. It is therefore no wonder that this latest […]