In an Article posted on the BBC news website on 5 January 2015, Nick Triggle reported on the severe pressures experienced by hospitals this winter. As a result of increased demand on services, particularly on A&E departments, a number of hospitals across the country were unable to cope with patient numbers and declared 'Major incidents'.
From October to December 2014, just 92.6% of patients attending A&E were seen within the 4 hour target set for the NHS in England, with hospital performance dropping to its lowest level since the target was introduced at the end of 2004.
On 5 November 2014, US journal JAMA Dermatology published a research based on the examination of more than 20,000 cosmetic procedures performed by 23 dermatologists at 8 centres across the United States. According to this research, there were no major complications minor and were limited to bruising, swelling, redness, bumpiness or skin darkening which occurred in less than 1 percent of patients.
Portsmouth Cycle Forum has launched its new "A City to share" strategy in the hopes of addressing the way streets are designed to better accommodate cyclists. The plan hopes to encourage more people to cycle. It comes shortly after council leader Donna Jones invited the forum to propose improvements and in August the Portsmouth Cycle Forum wrote an open letter demanding change. The plan hopes to reduce traffic congestion and improve the overall wellbeing of the city by assigning additional space for cyclists who travel through the city on its main routes. The forum will also liaise with public transport operators, discussing how to support the increasing number of customers who switch to cycling after disembarking in the city.
Two million passengers a year whose flights are delayed by technical faults could now be entitled to hundreds of pounds each, after judges found such problems are the sole responsibility of the airline. As a result the industry is now expected to have to pay out £3.89billion for historic claims, including those for passengers who made their claims as long as six years ago.
Health authorities should take a cautious approach to e-cigarettes because there is insufficient evidence to make a judgment in favour or against, a leading figure at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said.
Retired vet John Mallalieu, 89, died in December last year after a call handler missed two opportunities to send an ambulance to his home, an inquest heard.
Bournemouth Borough council has joined forces with safety centre Streetwise to offer a new 'Life Drive' initiative to drivers aged 17-25. The idea has been developed following the release of shocking statistics relating to the number of accidents involving young drivers. Indeed, drivers under the age of 25 make up just 12% of drivers in Bournemouth but are involved in more than 25% of reported accidents in the town.
Variation in the quality of treatment, monitoring and assessment by hospitals and care homes for Dementia patients is not only causing people living with the condition serious discomfort but in some cases is also putting their lives at risk.
A group of leading doctors and researchers have called on MPs to investigate potential conflicts of interest at the watchdog NICE.