Some cancer patients are being “written off” as being too old for treatment, a charity has warned.
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Monday 14 September 2009
Premium-rate phone numbers are to be banned across the NHS. Charges that force patients to pay more than the cost of a local call will be scrapped in England after a public consultation drew almost 3,000 responses.
Wednesday 09 September 2009
No one can dispute that there is an unhealthy attitude to alcohol in this country. Hopes that liberalising the licensing hours would quickly produce a Continental-style "cafe-culture", where people would sit in the sun slowing sipping a glass of wine, have sadly proved vain. Alcohol consumption is rising across the board, with under-age and binge drinking as prevalent as ever. Doctors report an alarming rise in liver disease, especially among the young.
Tuesday 08 September 2009
The tobacco war has been won. Now it is the turn of alcohol. The British Medical Association opened a new front in the battle to cut excessive drinking today with a call for a total ban on advertising and marketing of alcohol, including sports and music festival sponsorship, an end to happy hours and the imposition of a minimum price per unit on alcoholic drinks.
Friday 14 August 2009
Frank Warren wouldn't want his daughter to box and Amir Khan thinks the ladies who punch should stick to swapping forehands on the tennis court.
Saturday 01 August 2009
Medics have issued a warning over new rules limiting the number of hours junior doctors can work, after the EU regulations slashing the working week from 56 to 48 hours come into force.
Saturday 25 July 2009
Britain's main nurses' organization has dropped its opposition to assisted suicide, as a new poll shows solid support for the right to die.
Monday 13 July 2009
Gordon Brown banned one of his senior aides from attending the G8 summit of world leaders because he had contracted swine flu, it has emerged.
Thursday 02 July 2009
Alcohol advertising should be banned and a minimum price introduced to stop people drinking too much, doctors said today.
Sunday 28 June 2009
Nine out of 10 people fear NHS services will be cut as a result of the recession while some would be willing to pay more taxes, according to a poll out today.
Wednesday 10 June 2009
Newly-appointed Health Secretary Andy Burnham today moved to allay fears about the future funding of the NHS amid predictions of a £15 billion cash shortfall over the next decade.
Wednesday 27 May 2009
Tony Smith was a medical journalist who wrote for The Independent and other papers as well as writing many medical books for lay readers. He was probably best known for writing the Family Health Guide, published by Dorling Kindersley. He oversaw many new additions of the Guide and was intent on keeping it accurate and up to date. Smith also wrote a number of "Family Doctor" books for the British Medical Association; his book on adolescence was particularly popular. Explaining medicine to the public did much to further, and sometimes initiate, the movement towards self-help and patients' participation in their treatment.
Thursday 05 March 2009
The Government should abolish prescription charges for all patients in England as the current system is unfair on many people, doctors' leaders said today.
Tuesday 18 November 2008
Gordon Brown said he was still prepared to push ahead with new rules presuming people are happy to donate organs after death, despite the plans being rejected yesterday by an expert task force he appointed. The Prime Minister is backing a change in the law to assume patients have given automatic "presumed consent" for their body parts to be used after their death, unless they decide to opt out.
Monday 17 November 2008
Plans for a new opt-out system of organ donation have been shelved after experts advising the Government cast doubt on whether it would work.
Wednesday 22 October 2008
Campaigners on both sides of the abortion debate have criticised the government for blocking a rare chance to change key legislation on the issue.
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