NHS watchdog refuses to pay for lung cancer drug "Crizotinib" that"s twice as effective as chemotherapy

NHS watchdog refuses to pay for lung cancer drug that is twice as effective as chemo and could benefit 1,000 patients a yearNew drug halts advance of non-small cell lung cancer for eight monthsCrizotinib costs 4,000 a month and could benefit 1,000 patients a yearNHS watchdog deems it too expensive due to lack of evidence of benefits By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:07 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:06 GMT, 27 March 2013 Access denied: Crizotinib could benefit 1,000 patients a year but is deemed to lack evidence of benefits says NHS A new drug that combats a specific type of lung cancer is too expensive for the NHS, says the rationing watchdog.

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

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.

Back pain – is it all in the mind? A provocative new book suggest it"s not physical problems that cause backache – but emotional tension

Is chronic back pain all in the mind A provocative new book suggest it's not physical problems that cause backache – but emotional tension | UPDATED: 22:38 GMT, 15 October 2012 80 per cent of us will suffer from back pain at some point, and for many it becomes a long-term problem No one, it seems, is immune from back pain.

Trying to have a baby? New formula predicts woman"s chance of becoming pregnant

Trying to have a baby New formula predicts woman's chance of becoming pregnant The average 25-year-old woman who has been trying for six months, has a 15 per cent chance of conceiving in the next month | UPDATED: 11:01 GMT, 5 October 2012 A formula that predicts a woman’s chances of pregnancy has been devised by scientists.

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.

Plan to ban drug that would help thousands with incurable immune system disease put on hold

Plan to ban drug that would help thousands with incurable immune system disease put on holdThe NHS rationing body said Benlysta was too expensive at 9,000 a year despite there being no alternative treatments for lupus.But an appeal has ruled that a ban on the drug is put on hold | UPDATED: 16:16 GMT, 7 September 2012 A plan to ban a new drug that would help thousands of women with an incurable immune system disease has been put on hold.

Treat infected newborn babies within an hour of diagnosis, demands healthcare watchdog

Treat infected newborn babies within an hour of diagnosis, demands healthcare watchdog | UPDATED: 06:58 GMT, 22 August 2012 Some hospitals are causing 'unnecessary delays' in treating newborn babies suffering from infections, according to the health watchdog.

Midwives told to drop 30-second rule on cutting umbilical cord after delaying it is shown to benefit babies

Midwives told to drop ‘30-second rule’ on cutting umbilical cord after delaying longer shown to benefit babies Longer connection to mother's blood supply thought to protect babies against anaemia | UPDATED: 21:54 GMT, 18 August 2012 Guidance: Midwives have been advised to delay cutting babies' umbilical cords after new evidence showed this benefits their health A radical change in the way babies are delivered will see midwives delay cutting the umbilical cord following evidence that it improves the health of newborns.

Local hospital trusts to be banned from blacklisting drugs backed by health watchdog

End of the postcode lottery Local hospital trusts to be banned from blacklisting drugs backed by health watchdog | UPDATED: 15:47 GMT, 9 August 2012 Primary Care Trusts will be stopped from blacklisting drugs approved by the NHS drug rationing watchdog from April 2013, according to the Department of Health.