Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form "more likely" to cause human pandemic


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Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form 'more likely' to cause human pandemic Warning comes days after authorities in China announced they had identified cases of H7N9Flu experts are currently picking through DNA data of victims to assess severity of the strainVirus needs a 'very close eye kept on it' say experts By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 A deadly strain of bird flu previously unknown in people has begun to mutate into a form more likely to cause a human pandemic, scientists say.

Drug watchdog should scrap "flawed" system used to ration life-saving medicines, warn EU experts


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Drug watchdog should scrap 'flawed' system used to ration life-saving medicines, warn EU experts Drugs rationing body NICE weighs cost of treatment against effect on health and life expectancyDecisions can be controversial as more expensive pioneering drugs are often turned downSome doctors have defended fomula saying it helps to make difficult decisions working with a limited budget By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 09:28 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 GMT, 25 January 2013 The method used to decide whether or not the NHS will fund a drug is should be scrapped, according to a new study.

One in three patients wait more than an hour at A&E because departments are struggling to cope with high volumes of patients


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One in three patients wait more than an hour at A&E because departments are struggling to cope with high volumes of patients | UPDATED: 01:49 GMT, 7 December 2012 One in three patients are waiting more than an hour to be seen in A&E, a report shows.

Hospital of humiliation: Patients had to endure four nights on a day ward and were forced to use cardboard bowls to wash themselves


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Hospital of humiliation: Patients had to endure four nights on a day ward and were forced to use cardboard bowls to wash themselves Inspectors found there was no night lighting on the wards so bright lights were switched on when needed, disturbing sleep of other patientsNo bedside storage so patients belongings were left on the floorCQC has imposed restriction on Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to stop it treating long-term patients on day unit for more than 23 hoursTrust interim chief said they accepted facilities were not 'entirely suitable' | UPDATED: 23:43 GMT, 21 September 2012 Patients endured ‘completely unacceptable’ conditions when they were forced to stay in a hospital’s day-surgery ward for up to four days because of NHS bed shortages.

Hospital where patients were fed microwave meals and had to wash in cardboard bowls is shamed


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Sanctions imposed on hospital where patients were fed microwave meals and had to wash in cardboard bowls Inspectors found there was no night lighting on the wards so bright lights were switched on when needed, disturbing sleep of other patientsNo bedside storage so patients belongings were left on the floorCQC has imposed restriction on Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to stop it treating long-term patients on day unit for more than 23 hoursTrust interim chief said they accepted facilities were not 'entirely suitable' | UPDATED: 15:18 GMT, 21 September 2012 Health regulators today imposed sanctions on a hospital which was keeping patients on a day ward for more than four days and only feeding them with sandwiches and microwave dinners.

Number of hospital trusts in the red have more than doubled in just one year


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Number of hospital trusts in the red more than double in just one year More than one in 10 NHS trusts are now in the redFollows unprecedented efficiency savings drive across all hospitalsSouth London Health Care Trust is NHS organisation with highest deficit | UPDATED: 11:05 GMT, 20 September 2012 An increasing number of NHS organisations are struggling financially with the number of debt-ridden trusts doubling in a year, a study has revealed.

Finally Hillsborough families know the truth: The police lied and 41 of the 96 victims could have been saved. Now will they get justice?


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“Fans didn”t make our jobs any easier”: Most senior Hillsborough policeman still serving continues to blame Liverpool supporters despite damning reportPressure building on Sir Norman Bettison to quit as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, as he was a senior officer at South Yorkshire Police in 1989

GPs make 162m out of "ghost" patients: Anger over bill for 2.5m non-existent people


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GPs make 162m out of 'ghost' patients: Anger over bill for 2.5m non-existent people 55 million people registered with a doctor in England – despite population being 52.5mSurgeries regularly fail to update patient lists when people die or move away32,668 dead patients were on lists, including 157 who died more than 30 years ago10,000 failed asylum seekers who had left the country were on the books The NHS is paying GPs to look after 2.5million ‘ghost’ patients, ministers admitted last night.