Health News Roundup

News bulletin – 18 June 2012

Record fall in 'NHS satisfaction'
Public satisfaction with the NHS has dropped by a record amount, the British Social Attitudes Survey suggests.

Patients dropped from 're-categorised' NHS waiting lists
The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has condemned NHS trusts in England for changing the criteria for operations, leading to some patients being taken off operation waiting lists. 

Chiropractors continue to treat children despite a lack of evidence
The reluctance of chiropractors to change, in the face of a lost court case, the evidence and public opinion, is disconcerting.

Patients do not know how to contact GP outside normal hours: survey
Four in ten patients do not know how to contact their GP out-of-hours services, a government survey has found. 

Organ donation: Opt-out bill to be published in Wales
Legislation to change the organ donation system in Wales will be published on Monday. 

SMEs cutting back on PMI and group protection
Smaller businesses are cutting back on the level of cover provided by benefits such as private medical insurance (PMI), according to analysis by Mercer. 

Dental access figures look promising
The Department of Health has published dental access statistics on findings from the second wave of results from the GP Patient Survey (conducted between January and March 2012). 

Diabetes: a million not getting all basic checks
About a million people with diabetes are at an increased risk of stroke, blindness, amputation and heart attacks because they are not getting all the medical checks they should, an NHS audit has found. 

Olympic fever sees spike in A&E sports injuries
Accident and emergency departments have seen a 15 per cent rise in sports injuries as an unfortunate side effect of Olympic fever, figures show. 

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