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.
Is company being paid to help the NHS hide its death rates Critics say firm 'reclassifies' potentially avoidable deaths Firm said it could help reduce death rates by re-categorising deaths as being caused by terminal illness rather than poor care By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 03:24 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:00 GMT, 4 March 2013 Hospitals may be paying thousands of pounds to a private firm to cover up their patient death rates.
Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE
Winter vomiting bug hits 700,000 people as early onset of virus catches NHS 'unawares' | UPDATED: 09:35 GMT, 5 December 2012 Increase: Almost 700,000 people have been struck down by norovirus Hundreds of thousands have been struck down with the winter vomiting bug, according to figures. The number of confirmed cases of norovirus is already up two-thirds compared to this time last year and experts warn they will only rise further over the next few weeks
Woman, 37, sues health minister after she was told she is 'too old' for IVF | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 2 December 2012 Under fire: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being sued after a 37-year-old woman was refused IVF treatment on the grounds of her age A woman aged 37 is suing Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after being told she is too old for fertility treatment. The woman has been refused IVF treatment by her local primary care trust
Vomit bug in a third of hospitals as some even ban staff from drinking tea to stop it spreading Almost 1,700 patients have been hit by norovirus – three times as many as this time last yearIn South Tyneside District Hospital nearly one quarter of beds occupied by patients with bugDepartment of Health say NHS is prepared for winter health problems | UPDATED: 23:08 GMT, 29 November 2012 Increase: Almost 1,700 people have been struck down by norovirus – three times as many as this time last year More than a third of hospitals have been hit by the winter vomiting bug, figures show. Almost 1,700 patients have been struck down by norovirus, three times as many as this time last year.