Doctors "failing the elderly on dementia": Jeremy Hunt blames "grim fatalism" for low diagnosis rate

Doctors 'failing the elderly on dementia': Hunt blames 'grim fatalism' for low diagnosis rate Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said GPs are refusing to send patients for crucial tests to spot dementia because they believe there is no pointFigures revealed nearly 400,000 dementia sufferers in Britain have never been given a formal diagnosis By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 01:03 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:09 GMT, 15 January 2013 'Grim fatalism': Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says GPs are refusing to send patients for crucial tests to spot dementia because they believe there is no point GPs are refusing to send patients for crucial tests to spot dementia because they believe there is no point, according to the Health Secretary.

Hospital that left patient to starve to death and another unwashed for 11 weeks forced to pay 400,000 in compensation

Hospital that left patient to starve to death and another unwashed for 11 weeks forced to pay 400,000 in compensation Human rights lawyers described mistreatment as 'appalling' failures of careWorcestershire Acute NHS Hospital Trust bosses will apologise to families Successful legal action by 38 families has led to total payouts of 410,000Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is 'disgusted and appalled' by the accountsPatients left thirsty while another had ribs broken as staff tried to lift himTrust accepts care was below standard but has not admitted legal liability | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 24 December 2012 A hospital trust has paid out more than 400,000 in compensation and issued dozens of apologies over an ‘appalling’ catalogue of neglect.

New smear tests could save thousands of lives a year

New, more accurate smear tests that detect disease earlier could save thousands of lives a year Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce a new, more accurate smear test this weekIt will be introduced in parts of the country from next March in a 1.2m pilot schemeHe will also announce a 2m pilot screening programme for bowel cancer | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 9 December 2012 Women are to be screened less often for cervical cancer because of a new, more accurate test which can detect the disease much earlier.

Disbelief as nurses have to be told to put patients first: staff reminded to treat sick with love and compassion

Disbelief as nurses have to be told to put patients first: staff reminded to treat sick with love and compassion Poor care is a 'betrayal of what we stand for', says nursing chief Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that 'coldness, resentment, indifference, even contempt' were deep-seated in parts of the NHS | UPDATED: 01:54 GMT, 5 December 2012 Nurses are having to be told to ‘put their patients first’.

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed Experts warn that mistakes on the ward will increase because already overstretched staff will be unable to cope with higher numbers of patientsHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there may still be 'pockets' of poor care like that revealed in Mid Staffordshire in 2008 | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 Concern: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that there may still be 'pockets of poor care' in hospitals Nearly 3,000 patients are dying a year because of needless hospital blunders, figures reveal.