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Third end primary school overweight

Third end primary school overweight

12 December 2012 Last updated at 06:11 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News One in three children in the final year of primary school in England is overweight or obese, figures show. The 2011-12 data 1 , from the National Child Measurement Programme, which involves over one million pupils, is a slight increase on the previous year. The figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre also showed more than a fifth of children in reception are overweight or obese. Continue reading

Hospital boss got £400k pay-off

Hospital boss got £400k pay-off

10 December 2012 Last updated at 17:25 ET The former chief executive of the first private company to take over the running of a Cambridgeshire NHS hospital received a pay-off of £400,000 when he stepped down, he has told MPs. Ali Parsa last week said he was stepping down as head of Circle. It is less than one year in to a ground-breaking 10-year contract to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital Continue reading

Plans to move care from hospitals

Plans to move care from hospitals

10 December 2012 Last updated at 13:56 ET The government is planning a “dramatic reduction” in the number of people with learning disabilities kept in hospitals in England, care minister Norman Lamb says. Continue reading

New bowel-cancer screening pilot

New bowel-cancer screening pilot

10 December 2012 Last updated at 11:42 ET Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce pilots of a bowel-cancer screening programme that could save 3,000 lives a year. Continue reading

MPs call for drugs policy rethink

MPs call for drugs policy rethink

10 December 2012 Last updated at 04:28 ET By Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent The government is being urged by MPs to closely consider a system of drugs decriminalisation used in Portugal. The Home Affairs Committee said it was impressed with the approach to cutting drug use where people found with small amounts are not always prosecuted. It also asks ministers to monitor the effects of cannabis legalisation in other parts of the world Continue reading

A&E waiting times longer – CQC

A&E waiting times longer – CQC

6 December 2012 Last updated at 07:07 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Continue reading

Lung patients ‘left behind’

Lung patients ‘left behind’

7 December 2012 Last updated at 12:24 ET By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News Over 1,000 doctors involved in the care of people with lung disease have expressed “grave concern” about the future of NHS care for their patients. They have signed a letter to the head of the new NHS Commissioning Board in England, Sir David Nicholson. Continue reading

Gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor set to increase over next 10 years: UK study

Gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor set to increase over next 10 years: UK study

ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2012) — Health inequalities between England’s richest and poorest areas have widened in the ten years between 1999 and 2008 Continue reading

U.S. Medicare Advantage: Managing care and competition

U.S. Medicare Advantage: Managing care and competition

ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2012) — Medicare Advantage (MA), with more than 10 million enrollees, is the largest alternative to traditional Medicare Continue reading

Cold homes ‘costing NHS £1.36bn’

Cold homes ‘costing NHS £1.36bn’

21 November 2012 Last updated at 21:20 ET Illnesses related to living in a cold home cost the NHS £1.36bn every year, a report by Age UK suggests. And the charity says thousands of older people are dying prematurely due to the health effects of living in the cold. Continue reading