NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system

The NHS has been ranked the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries.The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival.The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think ta
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£3.4m Pencoed radiology and imaging academy plan unveiled

A new academy to train radiologists and imaging professionals is to be created in Wales with £3.4m of Welsh Government funding. The new National Imaging Academy for Wales will be based in Pencoed, Bridgend, and is due to be up and running by mid-2018. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething will announce
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Questions about quality

Choosing a care home has been likened to playing Russian roulette. The warning - by campaigners - comes after inspectors revealed one in four care homes had been found to be failing on safety. For nursing homes, it was even worse - more than one in three. So how do you find the right one?For many, n
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Lessons must be learned in tainted blood inquiry, say campaigners

The UK inquiry into contaminated blood products must establish lessons that improve public safety, campaigners in Scotland have said.Thousands of NHS patients were given blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s.Prime Minister Theresa May ordered an
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Charlie Gard has 10% improvement chance, says US doctor

An American doctor offering to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has told the High Court there is a 10% chance he could improve the baby's condition. The 11-month-old has a rare genetic disorder and severe brain damage which doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) had said was irreversible.In
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Charlie Gard has 10% chance of improvement, US doctor claims

An American doctor offering to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has told the High Court there is a 10% chance he could improve the baby's condition. The 11-month-old has a rare genetic disorder and severe brain damage which doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) had said was irreversible.In
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Grenfell Tower fire: Two more hospitals fail fire safety checks

Two more hospitals have failed fire safety checks, ordered in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.Buildings at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust and University College Hospital in London have been found to have combustible cladding.They will now have to take action and continue with 24-hour fire wa
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Chickenpox jab offered on the High Street

Vaccinations against chickenpox are to be offered on the High Street for the first time. Superdrug will be offering it at 58 of its specialist pharmacist stores at the cost of £130 for a two-dose course. The vaccine is only available on the NHS for people at high risk of spreading the virus to thos
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Fewer ambulance 999 calls to be classed as ‘life-threatening’

Fewer 999 ambulance calls will be classed as life-threatening and needing a super-fast response in the biggest shake-up of the service in 40 years.The move by the NHS in England - and agreed by ministers - will result in about 8% of call-outs being classed as needing the quickest response.Currently
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Scan finds heart’s ticking time bombs

Scientists have developed a new way of scanning the heart that could predict who will have a heart attack.It has the potential to revolutionise treatment for one of the biggest killers in the world, says the team at the University of Oxford. It works by analysing the fat and inflammation around art
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