Exclusive: More than 500,000 pieces of patient data between GPs and hospitals went undelivered between 2011 and 2016
Thousands of patients are feared to have been harmed after the NHS lost more than half a million pieces of confidential medical correspondence, including test results and treatment plans.In one of the biggest losses of sensitive clinical information in the NHS’s 69-year history, more than 500,000 pieces of patient data sent between GPs and hospitals went undelivered over the
- You report (21 February) on research suggesting that Iris Murdoch’s use of language in later works such as Jackson’s Dilemma (1995) might be an indication of the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. But I wonder whether Murdoch suspected a problem far earlier than it could become manifest to readers of her books. In The Philosopher’s Pupil (1983), the ageing philosopher, John Robert Rozanov, deplores his own increasing loss of control over language, a problem that is not,
- Campaigners write to chancellor to urge him to end tax breaks and bring in scheme to encourage switch to greener carsMinisters are coming under growing pressure to remove tax incentives for diesel cars and offer compensation to motorists so they can swap to more environmentally friendly vehicles.A group of medical professionals, environmental campaigners and lawyers has written to the chancellor ahead of the budget to demand a change to the vehicle excise duty that they say subsidises diesel car
- Survey finds 54% of parents with children in mental health hospitals say they have not improved and 24% say they are worseMore than half of parents with children in mental health hospitals do not feel their condition has improved as a result of treatment, while nearly a quarter say it has actually deteriorated, according to a survey. The research was based on responses from 448 parents whose children have been in mental health hospitals in England over the last five years.Related: I came out of
- Would you be in safer hands if your doctor had the same illness as you? We hear from a dermatologist with a skin complaint, a psychiatrist with depression, an oncologist who survived cancer and a fertility expert who couldn’t conceiveBav Shergill: As a teenager I was terribly embarrassed about my skin – I had really bad acne from the age of 15. It took me until I went to medical school to find the courage and confidence to change my GP and get a hospital referral.Continue reading...
- Disillusioned over-50s risk serious health problems because of alcoholAs an 18-year-old in 1966, I would go to the pub on a Saturday night with five girlfriends, before an alcohol-free dance at the local “palais”. We each drank a half of cider and one green chartreuse because, while it tasted like an antidote to dyspepsia, it was 55% proof. That was it; that was all we could afford. Even if we had the money, shame, social convention and a fear of what the neighbours might tell your m
- As with children, ethical input with robots needs to come before, not after, developing other skills, says Daniel GlaserEvery week comes a new warning that robots are taking over our jobs. People have become troubled by the question of how robots will learn ethics, if they do take over our work and our planet.As early on as the 1960s Isaac Asimov came up with the ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ outlining moral rules they should abide by. More recently there has been official guidance from t
- Steve Hewlett, who died last week after a battle with cancer, is remembered by his producerSteve Hewlett became a household name over the past few months for talking about his cancer intimately and frankly to Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme and for his diaries, which appeared in the Observer. At first I found it hard to reconcile how Steve was talking with the way he’d approached his life and work on Radio 4’s The Media Show, where I was his producer from 2009 to 2013.
- GPs have a duty to prevent unnecessary treatments for their patients, not to avoid giving offenceA lot gets said about how it feels to be overweight, but what is the psychology of having to tell someone that they’re fat if you’re a health professional? Does it feel rude, abrasive, maybe even counter-productive to do so? But perhaps neglectful and harmful not to? A survey of 1,141 GPs by Pulse magazine found that almost one third (32%) of them said that patients became offended and re
- The plan, which is supported by the Royal College of Midwives, is part of a wider drive to discourage cigarettes at hospitalsEngland’s public health chief is urging hospitals to give every pregnant woman a carbon monoxide test to see if they smoke, as part of an NHS-wide drive to persuade patients to kick the habit.Duncan Selbie wants midwives and nurses to routinely screen mothers-to-be when their pregnancy is first “booked”, monitor them at all their antenatal appointments an
- Parents with young children are ‘substantially’ less productive than their colleagues, due to a lack of sleepAs every parent of a newborn knows, sleep is a foreign country, a place that they happily visited a long time ago but fear they may now never experience again. The constant disruption to sleep patterns posed by a screaming baby can play havoc with relationships, waistlines and sanity, but it’s also having a deleterious effect on the nation’s finances. Until now.In
- The death of the plaintiff from the landmark case has put abortion law in the spotlight again, as a resurgent Republican right seeks to roll back accessWho was Norma McCorvey?
Norma McCorvey is the real name of the woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark US supreme court case on abortion rights, Roe v Wade. The 1973 case established a right for US women to have abortions. McCorvey became the plaintiff after she met with two lawyers looking for a test case to challenge Texas’s
- The Copeland defeat shows ‘save our NHS’ will not be enough to save Labour. It must stop writing its plans on a placardLabour’s attempt to terrify the voters of Copeland with talk of dead babies has failed. Now it needs to get serious about developing a credible health policy.
In north Cumbria the NHS faces difficult choices on maternity care. It has been struggling to maintain the support services and staffing necessary for consultant-led maternity care of acceptable quality i
- HAYFEVER is a common condition but can seriously affect sufferers who battle wit the allergy.
- A study of GP prescriptions reveals patterns of the mental illness in England.
- Around the UK different schemes are trying to deliver better affordable care to those who need it.
- New advice says we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg but is this only a diet for the wealthy?
- We have a feeling Emma Stone won’t be making these mistakes pre-Oscars…
- “It’s not about what others say about your body, it’s about what you do with it to live your best life."
- In a good way.
- There’s actually a three-step formula.
- More pink than red could be bad news.
- The idea that 10 items of fruit or veg a day will seriously improve your health is a bit intimidating (Five a day? Try 10 to live longer, say scientists, 23 February). I priced the array pictured with your article. In Sainsbury’s it came to around £2.16; in Lidl £1.88. These amounts don’t seem very big until you multiply by seven for a week (£15.12 and £13.16 respectively), and they start to look frightening. For a family of four, £60.48 and £52.64
- Researchers at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, have mapped out the biggest danger zones - and it all boils down to an area you might think would be the cleanest of all.
- And the pelvic floor trainer goes to...
- Let’s settle this once and for all.
- Alli Zack couldn't stick with anything until she tried this new way of eating.
- Children who spend more than eight hours in childcare are the most stressed, based on saliva samples taken by Norwegian researchers and tested for the stress hormone cortisol.
- The drug now accounts for a quarter of overdose deaths, according to the new CDC data, which offer a glimpse into the scale of America's current addiction epidemic.
- Alex Goodwin, from Rugby, England, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma last year after months of agony in his joints and muscles. He is mid treatment in Kansas - but may be forced home.
- The 25-year-old, known only as Clare, has struggled with eating disorders since she was a child. Clare, who is thought to be American, stopped restricting her diet last year and is now in recovery.
- Chemotherapy can make paitents sensitive for weeks on end. But expertsfrom the University of Iowa claim it can be stopped by taking a nicotinamide riboside supplement - found in beer and milk.
- NHS guidelines says GPs should refer any overweight patient to weight-loss classes. But research, by Pulse magazine, suggests many patients become offended if the topic is raised.
- This article originally appeared on Time.com. It’s easier than ever to stay in touch on multiple platforms throughout the day, but that 24/7 availability is stressing Americans out. Four out of five adults say they constantly check their email, texts and social media, according to a new report by the American Psychological Association (APA).The APA polled about 3,500 adults in an online questionnaire during August 2016 and found that people who are always looking at their digital devi
- £41m plans to increase GP access are approved by the board running Greater Manchester's NHS budget.
- Using mice, University of North Carolina researchers found the loss of collateral vessels in old age is prevented by exercise. This can reduce the severity of a potentially deadly stroke, they say.
- CYCLING or jogging in middle age can protect people against the harm done by a stroke, according to new research.
- Emily Johnson can’t quit the snack drawer—we asked experts to weigh in.
- Exclusive: 802 schools, nurseries and colleges are in areas where levels of nitrogen dioxide breach EU legal limitsTens of thousands of children at more than 800 schools, nurseries and colleges in London are being exposed to illegal levels of air pollution that risk causing lifelong health problems, the Guardian can disclose.A study identifies 802 educational institutions where pupils as young as three are being exposed to levels of nitrogen dioxide that breach EU legal limits and which the gove
- Collaboration with Europe is key to future breakthroughs, say cancer experts including Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse
British cancer patients could be left “significantly disadvantaged” by the UK’s departure from the EU, leading oncologists have said, as collaboration with European scientists has been vital to making breakthroughs in the field. In an editorial published on Friday in the ecancermedicalscience journal, six doctors, representing cancer physicians, patient advoc
- Collaboration with Europe is crucial to future breakthroughs, say cancer experts including Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse
British cancer patients could be left “significantly disadvantaged” by the UK’s departure from the EU, leading oncologists have said, as collaboration with European scientists has been vital to making breakthroughs in the field. In an editorial published on Friday in the ecancermedicalscience journal, six doctors, representing cancer physicians, patient a
- DIABETES could be reversed by going on a short term crash diet, research has revealed.
- The organ converts it's own energy supply into fructose - known to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to the first study of its kind from Yale University.
- The US has the most people tweeting about insomnia, followed by Brazil, Argentina and the UK. Users can zoom in on their specific area, or view a map showing a wider range.
- US study explores "orgasm gap" between genders and different sexual orientations.
- Scientists in Sweden and Japan found that European and African strains of Helicobacter plyori mixed together across the Americas, contributing to high rates of stomach cancer today.
- EXCLUSIVE: Men have long been concerned with their penis size - and now London surgeons Roberto & Maurizio Viel are helping to increase their lot.
- Drugs similar to aspirin and ibuprofen were found to stop the deadly response to an infection in worms, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder.
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