Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Health News Update

Three important health news stories to mention today :

Leeds Heart Surgery scandal/debacle - following the court ruling against the move to a centre of excellence in Newcastle, the Leeds childrens cardiac team has now been sidelined - it seems there is now a debate as to whether the figures used to asses the shut down of the unit are accurate. As I've mentioned before the problem here isn't really who says what it's more the fact that we as tax payers do not have access to transparent information on what really is going on.

BBC New item

The changes in the NHS come into force on the 1st of April whereby general practioners take control of NHS budgets (no it isn't an April Fools joke) - not much to say on this as with all NHS changes time will tell if the reforms work or not - will update on this if things progress although I suspect it will be many years before we know. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21964568

Lastly, an NHS 'whistleblower' helpline went live in Scotland today. In line with issues in the NHS in England (Stafford etc) I have two comments to make - firstly, this is great news, secondly why not in the UK ?

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