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Saturday 25th February 2017

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January A&E figures 'worst ever'

14th February 2017

Sir,
Day in and day out, data is published giving the details of the hardships of the patients and the never-ending waiting time for them. And now this is the latest.
There is no denying the fact that patients, who are already suffering from their ailments, have had to wait for more than 4 hours at ...

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... the A&E. And every time a report is published about this, the PM and the Government are blamed for the malady. Dr. Chris Moulton, Vice President of Royal College of Emergency has rightly said that apart from increasing the number of doctors, the more pressing problem is lack of beds. He has also said that "we simply do not have any more room to put patients....".

MIKHAN KHAN

UK needs to recruit 1.6m new care workers by 2022

14th February 2017

The report says that the UK will need to recruit 1.6 mn low-skill health and social care workers by 2022. No wonder given the prevailing conditions where people rush to the A&E Units, Hospitals etc for simple and manageable ailments.

MIKHAN KHAN

Cosmetic procedures fall by 40%

14th February 2017

Good. People are saving themselves from this unnecessary and avoidable fad.

MIKHAN KHAN

NHS problems are 'unacceptable'

11th February 2017

Sir,
The source article `NHS problems are unacceptable` and the accompanying `10 charts that show why NHS is in trouble` are informative.
As the Health Secretary Mr. Jeremy Hunt has acceded, a record numbers of patients are reported to have to wait for more than four hours in A&E care. And, it is reported that a doctor--God ...

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... bless her--at Royal Blackburn Hospital was in tears feeling that she could not provide the care she wanted to. Mr. Hunt said that it is incredibly frustrating for him and he wants NHS care to be the safest and best in the world. He also has confirmed that the Government had a plan to help hospitals cope with this. No doubt, the Government and the

Anonymous

Overseas patients to be charged upfront

7th February 2017

Sir,
As stated by the MPs on the Public Accounts Committee, the system for recovering costs from foreign visitors is really "chaotic". Take, for instance, the case of the Nigerian woman whose treatment bill ran up to GBP 330,000 and she is NOT able to pay it. As pointed out by Dr. Meirion ...

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... Thomas,

MIKHAN KHAN

Landmark gene therapy for hearing

7th February 2017

The attempts at research in the gene therapy for hearing loses is laudable. It is to be hoped that the benefits of the research will be available for treating the human beings too in the near future.

MIKHAN KHAN

GPs could charge patients for extra care

3rd February 2017

While GPs charging their own patients for extra care given to them looks an un-welcome move, the fact remains that, as has been reported earlier through these columns, the GPs certainly are under tremendous pressure. And, instead of the proposed move of GPs charging their patients extra, perhaps reducing their workload will be a ...

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... far better help to them.

MIKHAN KHAN

Record numbers of patients facing long waits in A&E

3rd February 2017

We have been reading such news items/Headlines for quite some years now. Looks as if such news is meant for just reading and forgetting. It is time that something is done to curtail such long waits.

MIKHAN KHAN

Hospitals rated against new A&E standard from 2017

3rd February 2017

A very welcome move, indeed.

MIKHAN KHAN

Tougher smoking and junk food rules needed in hospitals

3rd February 2017

As we all know, Hospitals are places where people with, among others, diseases caused by smoking are admitted and treated. And, allowing smoking in Hospitals is just unthinkable. As Dr. Phil Banfield, BMA Cymaru Chairman, has correctly pointed out there should be no exception to the rule anywhere on hospital grounds. If Hospitals are ...

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... reluctant or not able to enforce a ban on smoking in their premises because, as they say,

MIKHAN KHAN

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