U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down

U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 Patients are to be given the right to opt out of an NHS database logging details of drinking habits, waist sizes and family medical histories.

3,000 patients may have died needlessly in just one year at the 14 hospital trusts being investigated over death rates

3,000 patients may have died needlessly in just one year at the 14 hospital trusts being investigated over death rates Blackpool Teaching Hospital Trust had 410 more deaths than expected Officials say data is ‘experimental’ and figures only act as ‘smoke alarm’NHS England said trusts in question would be visited by a team of experts . The trusts had a combined total of almost 1,500 more deaths than expected in 2011 to 2012 – according to the figures.

GP, Stephen Hamilton, 45, "raped vulnerable schoolgirl he secretly medicated with anti-depressants"

Family doctor, 45, 'raped 10-year-old schoolgirl he secretly medicated with anti-depressants' Dr Stephen Hamilton, 45, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, on trialAlleged to have prescribed girl citalopram before sexually abusing her Court told he put his hands round the girl's neck saying 'you deserve to die'Denies 14 charges including rape, sexual assault and child cruelty By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 09:12 GMT, 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:59 GMT, 24 April 2013 On trial: Dr Stephen Hamilton, a GP at Heaton Medical Practice in Bolton, is accused of raping the girl from the age of 10 A family doctor raped a vulnerable schoolgirl from the age of 10 after secretly medicating her with an anti-depressant, a court heard. Dr Stephen Hamilton, 45, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, is alleged to have given the girl the drug citalopram before subjecting her to degrading sexual abuse. Manchester Crown Court heard how he would put his hands around the girl’s neck as he attacked her and told her ‘you deserve to die’

Parents who tell children to finish everything on their plates are fuelling obesity

Parents who tell children to finish everything on their plates are 'fuelling obesity' Parents still encourage children to finish all their food, even though portion sizes have increased Means children can no longer tell when they are fullFathers are more likely to insist on clean plates than mothers and are more likely to pressurise sons By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:47 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:53 GMT, 24 April 2013 Parents are still encouraging children to finish their food even though portions have got bigger Parents have long encouraged children to finish everything on their plates, not least because of guilt about wasting food.

Sir Bruce Keogh: Rein in the cosmetic surgery cowboys: NHS chief calls for new laws to overhaul 2.3bn industry and protect patients

Rein in the cosmetic surgery cowboys: NHS chief calls for new laws to overhaul 2.3bn industry and protect patients Review by Sir Bruce Keogh warns of lack of controls on certain proceduresHis report has said the practice was a 'crisis waiting to happen'Review calls for compulsory registration and better training in industryAlso demands banning 'distasteful' cut-price deals and offersCelebrity culture's 'hidden advertising' said to 'trivialise' procedures By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 23:09 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 24 April 2013 Medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is calling for new laws to overhaul the booming 2.3billion cosmetic surgery sector Patients turning to cosmetic surgery must be protected from cowboy surgeons and dangerous treatments, said the head of the NHS. Medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is calling for new laws to overhaul the booming 2.3billion sector, with the first as early as next year.

Parents of medical student who died after taking weight loss pills reveal daughter was the "happiest she had ever been"

Parents of medical student who died after taking weight loss pills reveal daughter was the 'happiest she had ever been'Leeds University student Sarah Houston, 23, found dead in her bedroom The bulimia sufferer had secretly been taking banned weight loss aidDNP is used as a pesticide and traces of it were discovered in her blood ” class=”blkBorder” /> Games: The medical student plays in the street with local children in Guatamala during a visit in July 2012 Shame: Sarah was a beautiful, bright young woman, but always 'suffered from her image, her mother said On Monday, coroner David Hinchliff told an inquest it was ‘entirely’ responsible for her death last September when she collapsed in her room at the University of Leeds.

Elderly patients could be sent to "hospital hotels"

Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to 'hospital hotels' to free up bedsThe model is based on a system widely used in ScandinaviaNew mothers and stroke patients could also use such services By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to hotels to recover from illnesses under plans being considered by the Government to free up hospital beds. New mothers and stroke patients could also use such services, which would be run by private hotel chains and allow more flexible visiting hours.

NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims

NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 23:47 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 11 April 2013 The NHS has been left with a multi-billion-pound bill after an avalanche of legal claims following medical blunders.

Grandmother handcuffed and escorted from GP surgery after demanding to see medical notes

Grandmother handcuffed and escorted from GP surgery by police after demanding to see medical notesMary Kerswell, 67, paid 10 to see records at Biggleswade Health CentreBut receptionists 'refused to print them out' she claimsShe was handcuffed and led off by police after she refused to leave By Amanda Williams PUBLISHED: 08:51 GMT, 8 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:05 GMT, 9 April 2013 Handcuffed: Mary Kerswell was led from Biggleswade Health Centre by police after a misunderstanding over her medical notes A grandmother was handcuffed and led away from her doctor’s surgery by police after a row over her demand to see her medical notes. Mary Kerswell, 67, asked for a copy of her GP records after she was called in for a urine test for a kidney condition she did not have. When the mother of two was shown a brief summary of her medical history she was shocked to see that as well as being wrongly listed as having chronic kidney disease, it said she was a heavy smoker with Alzheimer’s

Doctors: Halt NHS headline now… Three days before launch of new phone service, BMA makes last-minute plea to prevent "chaos" costing…

Doctors: Halt NHS headline now… three days before launch of new phone service, BMA makes last-minute plea to prevent 'chaos' costing patients' lives BMA wrote to NHS head after urging him to delay full roll-out of 111 serviceDoctor said patient safety cannot be 'sacrificed' to meet 'political deadline' Patients using pilot schemes have already waited hours for urgent advice Those who are not ill enough for ambulance will be told to ring serviceDue to be used nationwide from Monday despite serious errors during trialsBMA said system 'run on the cheap' with untrained staff rather than nurse By Sophie Borland and Neil Sears PUBLISHED: 16:49 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 28 March 2013 Doctors demanded last night that a new health helpline due to be introduced across most of England within days should be suspended, warning that lives could be at risk. The British Medical Association wrote to the head of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, urging him to delay Monday’s full national roll-out of the 111 service.