Major hospitals have missed A&E targets every week for six months, warns Labour

Major hospitals have missed A&E targets EVERY WEEK for six months Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham claims some A&Es are only seeing 70% patients within four hoursThe target is to see 95% of patients in this time Warning comes after one hospital was forced to erect an emergency tent outside because of overcrowding By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 13:20 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:24 GMT, 3 April 2013 Andy Burnham says that across England major A&E units are failing to meet the target of seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours Many major hospitals have missed their national accident and emergency target every week for the last six months, it has been claimed.

Exposed, the "small-time drug pusher" chemists running black market in Valium and Viagra

Exposed, the 'small-time drug pusher' chemists running black market in Valium and Viagra London chemists found to be selling antibiotics and drugs like Valium and opiates without a prescriptionResearchers also bought temazepam – a potentially lethal sleeping tablet if wrongly usedShadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said high street pharmacists were 'acting like small time drug pushers' | UPDATED: 23:55 GMT, 17 December 2012 Rogue chemists have been accused of acting like ‘small-time drug-pushers’ after they were discovered selling anti-depressants, sleeping pills and Viagra on the black market.

Patients at high risk of cancer could be told to take aspirin: Taking tablet regularly "can cut risk of developing disease by a third"

Patients at high risk of cancer could be told to take aspirin: Taking tablet regularly 'can cut risk of developing disease by a third' | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 12 December 2012 Professor Sir Mike Richards said that the odds of survival for lung cancer have'barely been improving' over the last five years Patients at high risk of developing cancer could be prescribed regular doses of aspirin under plans to tackle the rising number of cases.

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.

Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding

Tick-box GPs ordered to spend more time with your patients: Family doctors told to focus on dementia sufferers or lose funding GPs will be rewarded for helping patients control blood pressure and cholesterolThey will have to concentrate on spotting early warning signs of illness and dealing with long-term conditions Critics say the changes could be 'deeply damaging' to patientsThey are expected to result in cuts to GP pay | UPDATED: 12:08 GMT, 7 December 2012 Family doctors will have their pay for doing ‘tick-box exercises’ slashed to encourage them to spend more time on preventing serious illnesses.

More premature babies born at 24 weeks are surviving – but the number living with disabilities will also rise

More premature babies born at 24 weeks are surviving – but the number living with disabilities will also rise Rising numbers of babies born very early are surviving thanks to medical advancesBut no improvement over the last decade for those born before 24 weeks – the current limit for abortionSignificant survival improvements only among babies born at 24, 25 and 26 weeks, say British researchers | UPDATED: 08:45 GMT, 5 December 2012 More premature babies born when their mothers are just 24 weeks pregnant are surviving – but babies delivered earlier rarely live, say British researchers.

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’.

Abuse of elderly patients by NHS staff rises by a third in one year with a shocking 36,000 offences reported last year alone

Abuse of elderly patients by NHS staff rises by a third in one year with a shocking 36,000 offences reported last year alone | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 1 December 2012 'Cruelty has become normal': Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt highlighted some disturbing cases of abuse by NHS staff Thousands of elderly and vulnerable patients are being abused by carers and NHS staff, shocking figures reveal.

Nurses will be rated on their compassion and not just their technical skills

Nurses 'must be rated on compassion and not just technical skills' amid fears that 'cruelty has become normalised' 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: 14:06 GMT, 4 December 2012 Nurses should be formally judged on how compassionate they are, their professional chief will declare today.

Cash-strapped nurses facing a 60 per cent hike in professional fees they must pay in order to work

Cash-strapped nurses facing 60% hike in registration fees they must pay in order to work The nursing regulator wants to increase professional fees from £76 to £120Unions argue the increase is unfair while NHS workers are suffering pay freezesGovernment pledges £20m grant to help but some fee hike still expected | UPDATED: 11:56 GMT, 15 October 2012 The Nursing and Midwifery Council, which regulates the UK's 670,000 nurses and midwives, has proposed increasing the annual registration fee from £76 to £120 Nurses are facing a 60 per cent hike in the professional fees they must pay in order to work.