Doctors talk as if we"re not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don"t understand what they are being told


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Doctors talk as if we're not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don't understand what they are being told Annual NHS survey shows care has improved overall since last yearBut campaigners still disappointed by some of the results A fifth of patients didn't necessarily trust the doctor treating them By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:43 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:16 GMT, 17 April 2013 One in four patients says their doctors talk over them as if they weren’t there, according to a major survey.

Children as young as SEVEN are being admitted to hospital with alcohol addiction


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Children as young as SEVEN are being admitted to hospital with alcohol addiction 380 children aged 10 or under treated for intoxication over four year period Figures are likely to be higher as 67 NHS trusts did not supply informationOne seven-year-old boy treated was deemed to be 'addicted' to alcoholAffected children often come from homes where alcohol already a problem .

Overweight heart disease patients are 30 per cent LESS likely to die early than their thin counterparts


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Overweight people with heart disease are 30% LESS likely to die early than their thinner counterparts Obese patients are 15 per cent less likely to die youngOne reason may be because overweight patients receive more aggressive treatment By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 18:32 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 19 March 2013 Overweight heart disease sufferers are 30 per cent less likely to die early than their healthy weight counterparts It's widely believed that being overweight is bad for your heart and can lead to premature death.

Hospital chief executive steps down after investigation is launched into patient deaths


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Hospital chief executive steps down after investigation is launched into patient death rates Major investigation underway at Royal Bolton Hospital, ManchesterFour times as many cases of blood poisoning were recorded than would normally be expected at the hospital in a yearRaised fears over whether some patients may have been recorded as dying from septicaemia when they also had other serious conditions Jackie Bene, acting chief executive of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and the person in charge of recording the information, has 'stepped aside' Robert Francis renews call for a NHS culture change starting today , although a similar-sized trust would expect to have just 200.

A&E waiting times “at their worst for 10 years”: Think-tank says four-hour queues are on the rise


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A&E waiting times 'at their worst for 10 years': Think-tank says four-hour queues are on the rise The report was compiled by the health think-tank The King’s FundIt also included a poll of 48 NHS finance directors A third said quality of care had deteriorated over the past 12 months By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:36 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 GMT, 14 February 2013 The number of patients made to wait four hours or longer in A&E has reached its highest level for a decade, a report claims.

Cancer patient left "terrified" after hospital doctor issues him with a Do Not Resuscitate order


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Cancer patient left 'terrified' after hospital doctor issues him with a Do Not Resuscitate order Alan Cargill, 69, was being treated for cancer and a blood clot at the University Hospital of North DurhamA doctor told him he wouldn't be revived if he took a turn for the worseHe said he was given a Do Not Resuscitate order despite no family member being present By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 12:49 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:19 GMT, 12 February 2013 Mr Cargill ripped up his Do Not Resuscitate Order after speaking to his family and lawyer A cancer patient said he was left feeling terrified after a hospital doctor issued him with a Do Not Resuscitate order.

Cancer will no longer be "a death sentence": DNA-based treatment to transform lives within 10 years


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Cancer will no longer be 'a death sentence': DNA-based treatment to transform lives within 10 years, say scientists Scientists 'close to radical technique to develop personalised treatments'Want to sequence DNA of tumours in patients to deliver tailored treatmentCould help patients to carry on for a decade in relatively good healthHopes that cancer could become a chronic disease rather than a killer It would pave way for radical forms of diagnosis, surveillance and therapy By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 04:17 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:28 GMT, 29 January 2013 Cancer will become a manageable condition rather than a death sentence within a decade, experts boldly predicted yesterday.

Cancer patient, 7, stars as king in school nativity after nurse works "Christmas miracle" to move surgery scheduled for same day


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Cancer patient, 7, stars as king in school nativity after nurse works 'Christmas miracle' to move surgery scheduled for same day Finn, 7, underwent 18 months of gruelling cancer treatment He was desperate to star in his school's nativity play but surgery to take out a feeding tube was scheduled for the same dayThe family's Macmillan cancer nurse Sarah stepped in and had the operation rearrangedShe also went in to speak to Finn's primary school after his brother was bullied because Finn had lost his hair Mother described Sarah as 'our Christmas miracle'.

Older cancer patients are being denied the best treatments due to age discrimination


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Older cancer patients are being denied the best treatments due to age discrimination, warns charity Half of cancer doctors believe ageism in the NHS means older patients do not get the best treatmentThe UK has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe for older people | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 20 December 2012 Ageism in the NHS is stopping some older cancer patients getting the best treatments, a charity has warned Ageism in the NHS is stopping some older cancer patients getting the best treatments, a charity has warned.