Lazy GPs keep on doling out powerful sleeping pills to the elderly when they should only be used as short term treatment

Lazy GPs keep on doling out powerful sleeping pills to the elderly when they should only be used as short term treatmentOne in five elderly insomnia sufferers have never had drugs reviewed by GPFour out of five of those surveyed have trouble sleeping despite taking pills By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:34 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:35 GMT, 3 April 2013 One in five elderly insomnia sufferers told a survey they have never had their drugs reviewed by a GP – which breaches official guidelines (file picture) Doctors are still prescribing powerful sleeping pills for months at a time to older people who risk becoming addicted, warn experts.

11 NHS foundation trusts rated excellent are in deep financial difficulties

Eleven NHS foundation trusts rated 'excellent' are in deep financial difficultiesHead of the health regulator, Monitor reveals the eleven trusts would not achieve foundation trust status if they applied today Level of financial difficulty means trusts are in breach of the terms of their authorisationIf the trusts cannot afford the repayments, the bill will fall to the taxpayer | UPDATED: 16:48 GMT, 18 September 2012 Eleven NHS trusts judged to have achieved a standard of excellence would not attain the status if they applied for it today, MPs have been told.