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Is Private healthcare better than NHS care?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The Guardian reports that paying for private medical treatment does not guarantee a safer or better quality of care than using the NHS, the health inspectorate has said, in its first analysis of the performance of the independent sector.

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OK – but PRimage view is that may people who can afford and opt for private healthcare do so because of concerns about all the issues and problems endemic in today’s NHS: long waiting lists, cost-cutting, hospital acquired infections, etc. With private care, there’s also the the peace of mind that you can have treatement at the time and hospital of your choice. What are your comments and experiences? We’d like to hear your views

Superbug vaccine ‘shows promise’

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

A vaccine to guard against hospital superbug MRSA is a step closer, according to scientists.

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MRSA is a huge and worrying problem for hospitals – so this is encouraging news.  What do you think?

Brown on green taxes

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The Telegraph reports that green taxes have actually slumped while Brown has been Chancellor, while figures show that households are paying almost four times more than businesses for every ounce of pollution they create.

State of healthcare report published

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The Healthcare Commission has published its State of Healthcare 2006 report. The report includes the first assessment of the independent sector against minimum standards.

Family cancer risk ‘without gene’

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Women with a family breast cancer history are at greater risk from the disease even without inheriting “high risk” genes, scientists say.

Can Acupunture ease Osteoarthritis pain?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

According to German researchers, acupuncture may help bring lasting pain relief to people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. In a study of more than 3,600 adults with knee or hip arthritis, German researchers found that those who had acupuncture added to their usual treatment showed a greater improvements in pain, stiffness and joint function.

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If you suffer from osteoarthritis, this may be worth considering.  Why not discuss it with your consultant or GP?     I’ve used acupuncture to cope with migraines – and found it helpful.

What’s your view on acupuncture and alternative therapies?  Let us know your thoughts.

NHS Trusts to reduce carbon footprint

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Ten NHS trusts across the UK are preparing to reduce their annual carbon footprint by 15%, or 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions between them, after signing up to the new NHS Carbon Management Programme.

SMF report on NHS

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The Social Market Foundation has published a report on sustaining improvements in the NHS beyond 2008, a publication for BUPA written by NERA Economic Consulting in association with Frontier Economics. The report is, Who Shares Wins? Transforming the public services with intelligent information’

Early adulthood rights idea

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Young people who show that they are responsible could be given the chance to take on the rights of adulthood early under proposals being considered by Conservative leader David Cameron. He said that the confusing array of legal ages for different activities should be simplified to provide a nationally-recognised “rite of passage” into adulthood. And he welcomed the idea, floated by the Young Adult Trust (YAT), that youngsters who had demonstrated their responsibility could be allowed to do things such as drive a car, open a bank account or go to the pub at an earlier age than others.

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We’re not too convinced by this idea – how about you?  Do you agree with Cameron and the Youth Adult Trust?  Tell us what you think

Hospital plan to treat animals – good or bad idea?

Monday, October 30th, 2006

According to the Guardian, a proposal to open up a debt-hit NHS hospital’s radiotherapy unit to dogs and cats suffering from cancer has come under fire from a union and the Conservatives’ health spokesman. The suggestion that a pets’ clinic could be set up on Saturday mornings to exploit the earning potential of unused equipment came from staff asked to propose ideas to deal with £24m debts at Ipswich hospital in Suffolk. Managers estimated that treatment for pets could earn up to £50,000, enough for two nurses’ salaries. The suggestion has been welcomed as “an excellent idea” by the RSPCA.

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We agree with the RSPCA on this – do you?  Give us your views