NHS in talks over 8.50 charge to call out a doctor while hospital patients would also be forced to pay for their meals

NHS in talks over 8.50 charge to call out a doctor while hospital patients would also be forced to pay for their mealsControversial plans put forward to tackle pressure on NHS financesNHS Confederation boss says cost of aging population to blame Campaigners worry patients could be discouraged from seeking treatment By Sophie Borland Health Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:02 GMT, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 18 March 2013 Patients could be charged 8.50 to call an out-of-hours doctor to their home under controversial plans outlined today.

Health and Social Care bill becomes law as report reveals ministers warned 18months ago that reforms could damage NHS

Health and Social Care bill becomes law as report reveals ministers warned 18months ago that reforms could damage NHS The NHS reform proposals were first tabled in Parliament in January 2011 | UPDATED: 15:33 GMT, 27 March 2012 The Government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill became law today, after a tortuous 14-month passage through Parliament.

Grab a sandwich and a GP appointment: Government plan to allow patients to register for surgeries near their place of work

Grab a sandwich… and a GP appointment: Government plan to allow patients to register for surgeries near their place of work Patients will be able to pop into their GP during their lunch-break under Government plans to make it easier to get an appointment. They will be allowed to register with a surgery close to where they work rather than having to sign up to one near their home, as is currently the case. Under plans announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, patients will be able to register with any practise they chose that is likely to best fit-in with their daily routines.

Chronic shortage of family doctors leaves NHS in crisis as some GPs are found to be responsible for 9,000 patients each

Chronic shortage of family doctors leaves NHS in crisis as some GPs are found to be responsible for 9,000 patients each The NHS is facing a crisis as a chronic shortage of family doctors has left some overworked GPs responsible for a staggering 9,000 patients, according to official figures. More than one million people were registered with a GP who served more than 3,000 patients, the figures show, which is nearly twice the 1,600 patients on an average list

Chemotherapy proposals: Seriously ill cancer patients could face "back to work" tests or have benefits removed

Seriously ill cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy could face “back to work” tests or have benefits removedGovernment report said receiving automatic benefits could “encourage dependency” among cancer patients Thousands of cancer patients undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatments could be forced to prove they are too sick to work, charities have warned.