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.

Latest life-extending cancer drugs "rationed by postcode": Recommended treatments are handed out in some hospitals but not others

Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals.

WeightWatchers "is the best diet plan": NHS study finds slimmers who attend their classes shed the most weight

WeightWatchers 'is the best diet plan': NHS study finds slimmers who attend their classes shed the most weight Patients lost an average of almost 12lb after a 12-week course, according to research Company says it does better job of motivating slimmers | UPDATED: 12:58 GMT, 20 December 2012 Patsy Kensit was recently unveiled as WeightWatchers Celebrity Ambassador.

Cases of winter vomiting bug reach 900,000 as dozens more hospitals are forced to close

Cases of winter vomiting bug reach 900,000 as dozens more hospitals are forced to close Cases up 83% on this time last yearFour in ten NHS trusts have reported outbreaks2,398 beds 'closed' because of the virus | UPDATED: 09:54 GMT, 19 December 2012 Norovirus is continuing to wreak havoc across the country, with the number of people affected now almost 900,000 since the summer.

Winter vomiting bug hits 700,000 people as early onset of virus catches NHS "unawares"

Winter vomiting bug hits 700,000 people as early onset of virus catches NHS 'unawares' | UPDATED: 09:35 GMT, 5 December 2012 Increase: Almost 700,000 people have been struck down by norovirus Hundreds of thousands have been struck down with the winter vomiting bug, according to figures.

Hospitals are "full to bursting": Patient care is being put at risk, report warns

Hospitals are 'full to bursting' and patient care is being put at risk, report warnsDr Foster, the NHS watchdog, found 12 trusts have 'worryingly high' death rates For 48 weeks of the year most hospitals are more than 90 per cent full, 'jeopardising patient care' A third of beds are taken by patients who could be cared for elsewhere If cost continues to be put over quality, 'patients will be in danger' it warns | UPDATED: 12:15 GMT, 3 December 2012 Hospitals are so 'full to bursting' that staff are struggling to keep patients safe, an influential report has warned.

The great hospital robbery: Defibrillators, baby heart monitors, even beds – thieves are walking out of NHS wards with vital equipment

The great hospital robbery: Defibrillators, baby heart monitors, even beds – thieves are walking out of NHS wards with vital equipment | UPDATED: 01:32 GMT, 25 September 2012 You may think that even the lowest, most callous criminal would draw the line at stealing life-saving medical equipment such as baby heart monitors and emergency resuscitation systems from NHS hospitals.

Number of hospital trusts in the red have more than doubled in just one year

Number of hospital trusts in the red more than double in just one year More than one in 10 NHS trusts are now in the redFollows unprecedented efficiency savings drive across all hospitalsSouth London Health Care Trust is NHS organisation with highest deficit | UPDATED: 11:05 GMT, 20 September 2012 An increasing number of NHS organisations are struggling financially with the number of debt-ridden trusts doubling in a year, a study has revealed.