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Cancer Research advert criticised for ‘comparing smoking to obesity’

Cancer Research advert criticised for 'comparing smoking to obesity'. The new advert is designed to look like a packet of cigarettes but instead warns people about the risks of obesity. The campaign advert is designed to look like a cigarette packet. Pic: Cancer Research UK Cancer Research UK has been criticised for a new campaign advert featuring a mocked-up packet of cigarettes to warn of the shared dangers of smoking and being obese. The image plays on the health guidance usually seen on [...]

The worst places for cancer care waits revealed

The worst places for cancer care waits revealed. Nearly three-quarters of services are failing to treat cancer patients quickly enough, BBC research shows. Hospitals are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by a GP in 85% of cases. But 94 out of 131 cancer services in England failed to do that during 2018-19 - compared with 36 five years ago. The worst performer was Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which saw fewer than 61% of patients [...]

Coroner orders review after private patient death

Coroner orders review after private patient death. Simon Healey, 60, died after his condition deteriorated after bowel surgery A coroner has called for a review of how private hospitals monitor patient illness levels after opportunities to save a man were missed. Simon Healey died from sepsis in 2017 nine days after bowel surgery at Berkshire Independent Hospital. Coroner Heidi Connor said chances to detect a bowel leak and sepsis were missed. After an inquest, Ms Connor said there was a "risk" further deaths could [...]

Inquiry launched into Liverpool Community Health failures

Inquiry launched into Liverpool Community Health failures. Liverpool Community Health provided services such as district nursing, dentistry and diabetes care An independent inquiry has been launched into the running of a failed NHS trust - amid concerns 150 deaths were not properly investigated. Liverpool Community Health (LCH), formed in 2010, ran services for about 750,000 people on Merseyside until 2018. The inquiry will look into "historic incidents of serious harm" and 17,000 cases related to patient safety. Health minister Stephen Hammond said families deserved [...]

Social care, the problem Britain keeps putting off

Social care, the problem Britain keeps putting off In the absence of an official plan, MPs and think-tanks are setting out ideas of their own At the time it did not seem like a particularly bold pronouncement. Two years ago Philip Hammond promised £2bn ($2.4bn) extra for social care in his spring budget. While doing so, the chancellor struck a characteristically dour tone, warning that the sector required more than just the occasional injection of dosh; it needed a strategic, long-term plan. [...]