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NHS is "dying and needs life-saving surgery"; private contractor seeks more NHS contracts; and mumps cases expected to rise among students

Monday, 06 August 2012

NHS IS "DYING AND NEEDS LIFE-SAVING SURGERY"

The Daily Mail on Saturday said the NHS is a "relic of a bygone age in dire need of life-saving surgery" (p16, 17).

In a column by writer Ian Birrell, he said the last time the World Health Organization ranked countries' health systems, the UK came in below Greece, Malta, Oman and Portugal while more recent studies show the UK had the worst patient care among seven leading industrialised nations and the lowest cancer survival rates in the western world.

He said focus and funds must shift on long-term conditions such as dementia, depression, diabetes, cancer and coronary disease and the only way to do so is to free money from old infrastructure.

He said this would mean, "closing dozens of hospitals, concentrating specialist units and diverting funds into personalised care based around the home and community".

PRIVATE CONTRACTOR SEEKS MORE NHS CONTRACTS

The Sunday Telegraph said Circle Holdings, a private company which runs an NHS hospital, wants to run many more and become as large as an outsourcing provider (pB2).

The company's chief executive, Ali Parsa, in an interview with the paper, urged the government to offer private companies the chance to run more hospitals, saying Circle's success at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, shows what the private sector can achieve.

MUMPS CASES EXPECTED TO RISE AMONG STUDENTS

The Daily Telegraph on Saturday said England is expected to see a surge in the cases of mumps in the coming years as children who failed to have vaccinations in the wake of the MMR scare go to university, the joint committee on vaccination said (p8).

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