Farce of the new 545m NHS hospital which is too SMALL: Flagship unit forced to re-open old wards at the site it replaced Birmingham's new Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened last year 1,213 bed hospital is the second biggest in PFI scheme in the NHS Replaced the old 840-bed hospital built in the 1930s which closed in 2010Bosses say old wards need to be reopened to meet the 'unprecedented demand on services across the region, including the ageing population' Diamond Jubilee celebrations” class=”blkBorder” /> Royal seal of approval: The hospital was officially named by the Queen when she visited Birmingham during her 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations The hospital, where the Queen greeted members of the public, was Birmingham's first new acute hospital for 70 years when it began receiving patients in 2010 The finance behind the project came from Consort Healthcare Ltd, which is part of the construction firm Balfour Beatty, a key player in PFI schemes.
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.
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.
New drug for prostate cancer sufferers can extend life by five months Enzalutamide survived for more than 18 months compared to 14 for those on a placebo | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 16 August 2012 A new drug for men with advanced prostate cancer gives them five months’ extra life when they have run out of options.
Manmade climate change may be driving tummy bug outbreaks in Europe, claim scientists Vibrio bacteria, which is normally found growing in warm and tropical waters, now thrives in the Baltic Sea Bacteria strains will multiply as seas warm, predict researchers The bacteria causes illnesses from cholera to gastroenteritis | UPDATED: 09:55 GMT, 23 July 2012 Tummy troubles: There is increasing concern that climate change may be driving bacterial waterborne infectious diseases Climate change is driving the growth of a group of water-borne bacteria in northern Europe that can cause illnesses from cholera to gastroenteritis.