Kidney cancer patients denied life-extending drug as NHS watchdog declares it "not cost effective"

Kidney cancer patients denied life-extending drug as NHS watchdog declares it 'not cost effective' NICE says that the NHS should not provide axitinibThe drug can extend the lives of people with advanced kidney cancer but has been deemed not 'cost effective'It works by cutting off the blood supply to the tumour By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 12:23 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:06 GMT, 28 March 2013 Thousands of people with kidney cancer that has spread are to be denied a new pill that could prolong their lives, claim doctors.

NHS watchdog refuses to pay for lung cancer drug "Crizotinib" that"s twice as effective as chemotherapy

NHS watchdog refuses to pay for lung cancer drug that is twice as effective as chemo and could benefit 1,000 patients a yearNew drug halts advance of non-small cell lung cancer for eight monthsCrizotinib costs 4,000 a month and could benefit 1,000 patients a yearNHS watchdog deems it too expensive due to lack of evidence of benefits By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:07 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:06 GMT, 27 March 2013 Access denied: Crizotinib could benefit 1,000 patients a year but is deemed to lack evidence of benefits says NHS A new drug that combats a specific type of lung cancer is too expensive for the NHS, says the rationing watchdog.

Some mentally ill patients may be unlawfully detained due to errors in medical records

Some mentally ill patients may be unlawfully detained due to errors in medical records 4% of sectioned patients have 'irregularities' in their records, meaning they could be unlawfully detainedThe number of people detained under the Mental Health Act rose 5% last year to 48,600Concerns that patients are not informed of their right to see a lawyer or independent mental health advocate , 4 per cent contained mistakes which called the legality of their detention into question.

Drug watchdog should scrap "flawed" system used to ration life-saving medicines, warn EU experts

Drug watchdog should scrap 'flawed' system used to ration life-saving medicines, warn EU experts Drugs rationing body NICE weighs cost of treatment against effect on health and life expectancyDecisions can be controversial as more expensive pioneering drugs are often turned downSome doctors have defended fomula saying it helps to make difficult decisions working with a limited budget By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 09:28 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 GMT, 25 January 2013 The method used to decide whether or not the NHS will fund a drug is should be scrapped, according to a new study.

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk

Drug that prevents breast cancer for 20 years: Protection for thousands at high risk New guidelines suggest tamoxifen or raloxifene could offer up to 20 years of protection for those considered at high risk of cancerWomen would take the drugs for five years either before or after the menopause, with the aim of slashing odds of developing the disease By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:00 GMT, 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:44 GMT, 15 January 2013 Thousands of healthy women could be offered powerful breast cancer drugs to cut their chances of contracting the disease.

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.

E numbers still found in young children"s medicines can trigger hyperactivity

E numbers still found in young children's medicines can trigger hyperactivity Drugs such as banana-flavoured penicillin can contain themUK's food watchdog only implemented voluntary banMost complied but some still put them in medicines By Jo Macfarlane PUBLISHED: 00:19 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:20 GMT, 6 January 2013 E number which can cause hyperactivity in children is still being found in common medicines Children are being exposed to banned artificial food colourings that can trigger hyperactivity –because they are still in medicines prescribed by GPs.

One in three patients wait more than an hour at A&E because departments are struggling to cope with high volumes of patients

One in three patients wait more than an hour at A&E because departments are struggling to cope with high volumes of patients | UPDATED: 01:49 GMT, 7 December 2012 One in three patients are waiting more than an hour to be seen in A&E, a report shows.

Transplant patient sent home from hospital with A4-sized surgical mat still inside him

Transplant patient sent home from hospital with A4-sized surgical mat still inside him Michael O'Sullivan, 49, had a CT scan three weeks after his liver transplant after he complained of painA second operation revealed that a silicone mat had been left inside him during the earlier operationIt was a 'never event' – a hospital incident that should never happenLawyer who won him 7,000 compensation said it had been 'basic carelessness' | UPDATED: 20:36 GMT, 4 December 2012 A liver transplant patient was sewn up with an A4-sized piece of surgical equipment left inside him, after a series of medical blunders.

Lazy Britons are walking 80miles fewer than just a decade ago, reveals expert

Lazy Britons are walking 80miles fewer than just a decade ago, reveals expert In the late 1990s we each walked around 250 miles, however by 2008 that had dropped to 170milesOnly a minority of people in England get enough physical activity to improve their health, says obesity expertWarning comes as health watchdog launches new guidelines to 'encourage' people to leave cars at home | UPDATED: 08:50 GMT, 28 November 2012 We're becoming a nation of sluggards walking 80 fewer miles a year than just a decade ago, experts have revealed.