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Leading OCD expert welcomes Charles Walker MP's honesty
One of the country's leading experts on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and senior consultant psychiatrist at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) Dr Lynne Drummond, has praised MP's for holding an historic mental health debate in the House of Commons last week (14 June 2012).
Jun 19, 2012 - 10:27:26 PM
British court orders force-feeding for dying anorexic woman
An anorexic woman, who started controlling her eating habits at 11 and was described as having an obsessive fear of weight gain, should be force-fed, a British court has ordered.
Jun 16, 2012 - 8:49:11 PM
Systematic bias in the assessment of UK doctors
Official assessments of a doctor's professionalism should be considered carefully before being accepted due to the tendency for some doctors to receive lower scores than others, and the tendency of some groups of patient or colleague assessors to provide lower scores, claims new research published on bmj.com today.
Oct 28, 2011 - 8:00:00 PM
Why women in UK can't find sperm donors?
London, Nov 13 - Where have all the generous sperm donors in UK gone?
Nov 17, 2008 - 3:40:13 PM
Britain reviews child protection after toddler's death by torture
London, Nov 12 - A shocked British government has ordered a full review of the country's child protection measures after a court convicted a young mother, her boyfriend and another man for the terrible death by torture of a 17-month-old child.
Nov 15, 2008 - 10:13:30 AM
Most British Women Unaware of Lifestyle Stroke Risks
A new survey, carried out by GfK NOP for UK charity The Stroke Association has revealed that 60 per cent of women don’t even know what their blood pressure is and 67 per cent are unaware what an ‘optimal’ reading should be. The survey also found that while more than a fifth of women surveyed had been prescribed medication to control their blood pressure, more than half of these said they did not take their tablets regularly, putting themselves at risk of death or disability from a stroke.
Nov 12, 2008 - 6:20:57 AM
Depression is wrongly seen as natural part of getting older
More than two million older people over the age of 65 in England have symptoms of depression, but the vast majority are denied any help, according to a new report published today by Age Concern.
Aug 12, 2008 - 10:02:41 AM
Drink and drugs fuel Scottish suicide and homicide rates
Alcohol and drug misuse mean Scots are almost twice as likely to kill or take their own life compared to people living in England and Wales, research published today (Monday, June 16) reveals.
Jun 16, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM
NRI doctor guilty of unethical tests on British patients
London, March 29 - An NRI psychiatrist from Assam faces the sack after being found guilty of conducting unethical drug tests on mentally ill patients, according to reports Saturday.
Mar 29, 2008 - 6:04:41 PM
Healthcare commissioning- ?Adverse to patient care
The government’s new healthcare commissioning policy for England has not only jeopardised the future of many hospitals but has also led to considerable frustration and disappointment among patients, argue senior doctors in this week’s BMJ.
Mar 22, 2008 - 2:32:16 AM
New steps to curb overseas doctors in Britain
London, Oct 9 - Indian doctors should think several times before coming to Britain for jobs - the employment situation has been difficult for non-European Union doctors, and new proposals have been drawn to guarantee jobs to doctors trained in Britain.
Oct 9, 2007 - 3:46:42 PM
Second foot-and-mouth case confirmed in southern England
London, Aug 7 - A second case of foot-and-mouth disease has been discovered at a farm in southern England, British Environment Minister Hilary Benn confirmed Tuesday.
Aug 7, 2007 - 3:21:29 PM
Foot-and-mouth outbreak linked to research laboratory
London, Aug 5 - The strain of foot-and-mouth disease discovered in cattle in a southern England farm is identical to the strain of virus uses for research and vaccine manufacture at a nearby laboratory, British officials said.
Aug 5, 2007 - 8:58:48 AM
Still some way to go in tackling racism in mental health care
Mental health services in England and Wales have been accused of being institutionally racist. In this week's BMJ, two senior doctors say that, although services are pioneers in moving towards equity, they have some way to go before they meet the challenges of a multi-cultural society.
Mar 30, 2007 - 2:09:44 AM
Should EU patient information laws be relaxed?
In 2002 the European parliament voted resoundingly against allowing drug companies to provide information about their products directly to patients. However, five years on, this decision is set to be challenged again.
Mar 30, 2007 - 2:07:46 AM
Supermarket surgeries 'a wake-up call for the profession'
Last week, the government announced plans to let supermarkets and retail pharmacies provide GP services, particularly in under doctored areas. Boots the Chemist welcomed this as "good news" but doctors raised concerns that this may be "a back door way of privatising the NHS."
Mar 30, 2007 - 2:03:47 AM
Institutional discrimination by NHS causing unnecessary deaths of people with a learning disability
Leading learning disability charity, Mencap, is calling for an independent inquiry into six deaths. The charity believes people with a learning disability have died unnecessarily due to institutional discrimination within NHS care. The cases are set out in Death by indifference, published by Mencap today (12 March 2007). Mencap says the deaths are a result of widespread ignorance and indifference within the NHS.
Mar 23, 2007 - 2:49:32 AM
Should the NHS curb spending on translation services?
In December it was reported that the NHS was spending £55 million (82m; $107m) each year on translation services. In this weeks BMJ, two doctors practising in inner London go head to head over whether language services in the NHS should be curbed.
Feb 23, 2007 - 12:59:55 PM
The NHS Redress Act may lead to more complaints
The NHS Redress Act should make clinical negligence cases simpler and less costly, but it may create more, not fewer, complaints warn experts in this weeks BMJ.
Feb 23, 2007 - 12:48:38 PM
Patients should cc the benefits of doctors' letters
Patients should be kept informed of their condition and care said health minister Rosie Winterton today, as she called on healthcare professionals to make more effort to routinely copy letters to their patients.
Feb 12, 2007 - 6:37:19 AM
FPA survey reveals widespread misunderstanding about sex and reproduction
Launching this years Contraceptive Awareness Week (Reproduction: a quick guide to your body, 12th-18th February), fpa has published a new survey testing peoples knowledge about sex and reproduction. The results expose widespread confusion and misunderstanding about some of the most basic facts. Consequently fpa is calling for sex and relationships education to become a statutory subject in the national curriculum.
Feb 12, 2007 - 6:27:57 AM
Ten per cent rise in money spent on social care services
Spending on public sector social care services has risen by ten per cent over the past two years, according to figures released today by The Information Centre for health and social care.
Feb 9, 2007 - 5:40:39 AM
New screening test for all babies to be introduced
All babies in England are to be screened for an inherited metabolic disease called Medium Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD), within two weeks of birth, announced Health Minister, Ivan Lewis today.
Feb 8, 2007 - 9:35:13 AM
NICE asked to develop guidance on new treatments for breast and lung cancer, Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, obesity and rheumatoid arthritis.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) today welcomes the announcement of additional topics for its forward work programme. Topics including new treatments for breast and lung cancer, Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, obesity and rheumatoid arthritis, have been referred to NICE by the Secretary of State for Health in line with the national priorities they have established for the NHS.
Feb 8, 2007 - 5:34:09 AM
Is doctors' pay responsible for the financial crisis in the NHS ?
Recent newspaper headlines have suggested that doctors' pay is responsible for the financial crisis in the NHS. In this week's BMJ, two experts go head to head over whether the remuneration is justified.
Feb 5, 2007 - 12:54:37 PM
Britain plans medical hub to meet India, China challenge
London, Dec 15 - Faced with India and China's growing strengths in medical research, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced the creation of a 'global medical excellence cluster' comprising universities and drugs companies.
Dec 15, 2006 - 4:28:54 PM
Obese patients in Britain to dance
London, Dec 4 - Obese patients in Britain may have to dance to improve their fitness level as a part of upcoming national campaigns to get people to take more exercise.
Dec 4, 2006 - 7:29:36 PM
Nationwide protests in UK against Alzheimer’s drugs decision
The decision to deny life-changing drugs to thousands of people with Alzheimer’s at a saving of just £2.50 a day triggered protest marches across the country on Friday 17th November 2006.
Nov 19, 2006 - 9:18:33 AM
Indians among worst affected by TB in Britain
Tuberculosis (TB) showed an alarming rise in Britain last year with ethnic South Asians, especially Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi, accounting for most cases.
Nov 4, 2006 - 7:31:00 PM
Mental health units should not be exempt from smoking ban
Exempting mental health units from the ban on smoking in public places would worsen health inequalities for people with mental health problems, warn doctors in this week's BMJ. Smoking is the largest single cause of preventable illness and premature death in the United Kingdom, with 106,000 people dying of smoking related diseases in 2002, and more than 10,000 dying each year as a result of passive smoking. The Health Act 2006 will make all enclosed public and work places in England and Wales smoke-free environments, but may exclude some mental health settings.
Aug 25, 2006 - 7:43:00 PM
NHS may be buying surgical equipment unethically
The NHS may be buying medical equipment unethically and exploiting developing countries, it has been claimed in an article published on bmj.com today. Unlike the campaigns for fair trade of goods like bananas and coffee, there have been no such campaigns for medical commodities, says Dr Mahmood Bhutta, a specialist registrar in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London.
Jul 30, 2006 - 2:56:00 AM
Is it time to give NHS more independence?
In April this year, BMJ Editor Fiona Godlee called for an independent NHS run by a board of governors responsible for managing health care within a set budget and a broad political framework. In this weeks BMJ, four opinion leaders give their views on whether it is time to give the NHS greater independence from government.
Jul 30, 2006 - 2:49:00 AM
University of Leeds receives Gates Foundation grant for material approach to malaria prevention
Every year there are more than 350 million new cases of malaria, but a revolutionary mosquito net being developed by Leeds textile experts with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation could offer better and more sustainable protection from the disease. Design lecturer Dr Stephen Russell and medical entomologist Dr Bruce Alexander from Xeroshield at the Roslin Biocentre will develop a precisely engineered material that uses its structure to kill the mosquito. By relying on its structure, the net will avoid the problems of chemically treated nets, which are the main method of controlling malaria.
Jul 24, 2006 - 7:25:00 PM
Tuberculosis control and impact of socially excluded groups
Tuberculosis cannot be controlled unless the disease is tackled effectively among socially excluded groups, warn experts in this weeks BMJ. Tuberculosis can infect anyone, but predominantly affects the poor, write Alistair Story and colleagues. In London, where over 40% of all cases in the UK in 2004 were reported, rates of tuberculosis have more than doubled since 1987 and are now the highest among homeless people, problem drug users, people living with HIV, prisoners and new entrants, particularly those from countries experiencing chronic civil conflict.
Jul 10, 2006 - 7:21:00 AM
Pertussis Endemic Among UK School Children
Nearly 40% of school age children in the United Kingdom who visit their family doctor with a persistent cough have evidence of whooping cough infection, even though they have been fully immunised, finds a study published on bmj.com. These startling results suggest that whooping cough is endemic among young children in the UK, with important implications for clinical practice and immunisation policy, say the authors. Previous research in several countries has shown that Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) infection is an endemic disease among adolescents and adults. Data also shows that neither infection nor immunisation results in lifelong immunity. Yet general practitioners in the UK seldom diagnose or even consider pertussis in older children. It is perceived as a disease of very young children who have not been immunised and who have classic features such as whoop.
Jul 10, 2006 - 6:37:00 AM
Building a safer NHS: How safe are the patients?
Every day the NHS treats over one million people successfully. Healthcare does however rely on a range of complex interactions of people, skills, technologies and drugs. Sometimes surgical treatments go wrong, medication errors occur and patients can fall or have other accidents.
Jul 7, 2006 - 12:23:00 AM
Experts Comment on New Blood Pressure Guidelines
It is unusual for NICE to consider reviewing its guidance ahead of its planned review date. In this case however, because significant new data became available, we took the decision to consider that data as part of a limited review of the existing NICE guideline. It is important to emphasise that the review was limited to the pharmacological aspects of managing hypertension. The original guideline also covered other aspects of managing the condition, such as lifestyle interventions, and these remain crucial to a proper holistic approach to controlling blood pressure.
Jun 29, 2006 - 1:52:00 AM
New Guideance will Result in Better Control of Hypertension - BPA
The UK's blood pressure charity, the Blood Pressure Association (BPA), heralded 28 June, 2006 launch of the updated NICE guideline on the clinical management of hypertension as a major advance in the treatment of the condition. For the first time, NICE and the British Hypertension Society have reached a clear consensus on the best way of treating raised blood pressure, and the BPA strongly endorses this new guideline.
Jun 29, 2006 - 1:45:00 AM
Three million babies born using assisted reproductive technologies
More than three million babies have been born worldwide using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) since the first ART baby (Louise Brown) was born in the UK 28 years ago.
Jun 22, 2006 - 5:09:00 AM
NICE issues draft guidance on Trastuzumab
NICE has published draft guidance on Herceptin, just two weeks after the drug was licensed by the regulatory authorities for use in early breast cancer. The draft guidance recommends the drug for women with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer, except where there are concerns about the womans cardiac function. Final guidance is expected to be issued at the beginning of July 2006, assuming there are no appeals.
Jun 10, 2006 - 5:15:00 PM
Very Few Mothers Reject Childhood Immunisation
The mothers of children who are unimmunised differ from those who are partially immunised in a number of ways, finds a study in this weeks BMJ. This is the first large scale study of its kind in the UK, and suggests that different approaches are needed to maximise uptake of immunisation in these groups. Researchers from the Institute of Child Health analysed data for 18,488 infants born between September 2000 and January 2002 in the UK. The sample was stratified by UK country and electoral wards to adequately represent infants from ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jun 2, 2006 - 11:13:00 PM
New programme encourages services to include people with learning disabilities in community life
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is about to begin a new development and research programme, which will look at how people with learning disabilities and high support needs can involve people with learning disabilities who have high support needs into their communities.
May 25, 2006 - 1:04:00 PM
NHS care for older people is still patchy
Good, respectful NHS care for older people is still too patchy, argue senior members of the British Geriatrics Society in this week's BMJ.
May 19, 2006 - 8:02:00 PM
NHS could save £78m by improving staff productivity
Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, highlighted recommendations from an NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvements report, showing that £78m could be saved by the NHS by driving down agency spend and improving staff productivity.
Apr 30, 2006 - 11:40:00 PM
3 NRIs in Britain charged with price fixing of key drugs
Nine people, including three of Indian origin, face criminal proceedings in Britain for allegedly price fixing and market sharing of generic drugs following a major investigation into pricing in the pharmaceutical industry.
Apr 5, 2006 - 6:38:00 PM
Real battle over UK new mental health law about to begin
The UK government's climb down on reform of mental health legislation is not a victory the real battle is about to begin, warns a senior doctor in this week's BMJ.
Mar 31, 2006 - 6:02:00 PM
Nurses to help check pregnancies in English schools
Nurses will now work for birth control in all the schools of England in a move to slash the rising incidence of teenage pregnancies.
Mar 25, 2006 - 3:43:00 PM
British Hospital Outsourcing Medical Typing to India
A British hospital has hired a team of typists in India to type out routine letters from doctors to patients - the process takes less than a day and promises to make large savings for the hospital trust.
Mar 23, 2006 - 5:35:00 PM
Concern over rapid rise of chronic kidney disease
Chronic kidney disease is rising rapidly worldwide and is becoming a global healthcare problem, warn experts in this week's BMJ.
Mar 10, 2006 - 9:12:00 PM
Have targets improved performance in the English NHS?
The star rating system for English NHS trusts seems to have improved performance, but systems need to be put in place to minimise gaming and ensure targets are not causing problems elsewhere, warn researchers in this weeks BMJ.
Feb 17, 2006 - 7:05:00 PM