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.

Mortgage repayments: The home loan rate that"s hit a four year high

Homeowners stung as mortgages rates hit four-year high despite Bank of England base rate remaining at historic low By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 19 January 2013 Mortgage worries: Homeowners are having to face rising costs Homeowners are being stung by the highest variable mortgage rates for nearly four years despite the Bank of England keeping the base rate at an historic low. Official figures show the average standard variable rate mortgage deal, known as the SVR, from a bank or building society charges an interest rate of 4.35 per cent.

Surgeons face league table over death rates so patients can choose to have operations with the best specialists

Surgeons face league table over death rates so patients can choose to have operations with the best specialistsOnline comparisons to be published on NHS Choices website next summerWill include procedures such as hip replacements and weight-loss surgery By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:42 GMT, 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:42 GMT, 19 December 2012 League tables are to be published to measure the performance of surgeons – including their patients’ survival rates. From next summer, online comparisons can be made of doctors who specialise in procedures including hip and knee replacements and weight-loss surgery. NHS officials say it will give patients more power and enable them to choose to have their operation carried out by a top surgeon at another hospital

Car insurance for women up 15% as new EU gender rules kick in next week

Car insurance for women up 15% ahead of new EU gender rules kicking in next week | UPDATED: 18:00 GMT, 14 December 2012 Car insurance quotes for women are up 15 per cent, or 114 on average, ahead of new European 'gender neutral' rules which kick in next week. A car insurance quote for women is now 862 on average – up from 748 six weeks ago, according to price comparison website Gocompare.com

Cancer cases rise but deaths FALL, thanks to earlier diagnosis and better treatment

Cancer death rates fall by nearly 10% thanks to earlier diagnosis, better treatment and decline in smoking Around 320,000 people Britons are diagnosed each yearAround half die, but patients are six times more likely to survive than 40 years ago | UPDATED: 03:14 GMT, 7 December 2012 The death toll from cancer has fallen over the past decade, official figures showed yesterday. Earlier diagnosis and better treatment have seen the rate drop by an average of 9.5 per cent since 2001. A decline in smoking was also cited as a factor because tobacco causes cancer of the lung as well as other forms of the disease including breast, bowel, liver, throat and mouth.

Eurozone unemployment reaches new record high with those under 25 hardest hit

Europe's 'lost generation': Unemployment reaches record high with 19 million people out of work across 17 countries Total of 18.7million people out of work across the Eurozone in October – an increase of 173,000 on the previous monthSpain and Greece have the region's highest unemployment rates of more than 25 per cent | UPDATED: 15:38 GMT, 30 November 2012 European unemployment has reached a record high – with almost 19 million out of work across the 17 countries that use the euro. More than 10 per cent of people living in the Eurozone are now unemployed with those under 25 struggling the most to find jobs. Experts said the prospect of a 'lost generation' of young people now looks like an 'alarming possibility'.

Doing the garden or going for a walk is better for your health than relying on statins, study says

Doing the garden or going for a walk is better for your health than relying on statins, study saysBeing physically fit reduces the risk of dying by two-thirds, US research says But combining statins with better fitness may improve survival rates still further | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 28 November 2012 Findings from US research suggest that doing more walking and gardening could help individuals with high cholesterol as much, if not more, than drugs Unfit people with high cholesterol levels would be better off gardening or going for a walk than taking pills, says a study.