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Hospital crisis stokes anger in pre-election U.K.

Stafford - The protest tents are being taken down but resentment burns on in Stafford, where the hospital is a notorious example of a healthcare crisis roiling the U.K. ahead of May's general election.

NHS anti-obesity campaign gears up

In an effort to prevent the threat of diabetes, the NHS has announced a new program of “proper support” for thousands of Britons.

Leading pharmacists debate hospital infections Special

Warwick - This week the leading pharmacists in the U.K. congregated in Warwick for the NHS QA Symposium. A number of measures to protect patients from infection were discussed, and Digital Journal was in attendance.

Elderly patients in the U.K. 'need their own healthcare budgets'

London - The head of health in England has said that frail elderly, people with disabilities and those with serious mental health problems should be given money from the government and council-run social care services.

British surgeon accused of branding initials on liver of patient

Birmingham - A British surgeon has reportedly been suspended from work following allegations that he 'branded' the liver of a patient whilst the man was under-the-knife.

UK: Asian bone marrow donor register increase following appeal

Tipton - Personal tragedy often leaves to inspirational behavior. The Bains family in the UK are in that unique, but tragic, position now — ethnic origin matters.

Op-Ed: UK NHS under further attack from Tory led government

Kingston Upon Hull - Saturday news that UK Health Minister Jeremy Hunt is to announce jail terms of up to five years for doctors, nurses and NHS managers who are found to have willfully neglected or mistreated patients paints a terrible picture of the NHS.

New lung cancer awareness campaign kicks off

A new campaign centered on the risks associated with lung cancer has been launched this week by the U.K. government. This is part of a series of events taking place this year focused on cancer awareness.

New government strategy to improve disease diagnosis

London - The U.K. government has announced a new research funding scheme that aims to improve the diagnosis of a number of serious diseases.

Mortuary van heads for garage repairs — complete with corpse

Aberdeen - A Scottish health authority have said they are investigating what they term a “serious incident” when one of their vehicle fleet was taken to a local garage for vehicle repairs. The NHS Grampian health authority van contained a dead body.

NHS pays for breast implants, while kid with cancer goes without

An aspiring model was able to get a state funded breast job because she was emotionally distressed, while the NHS (National Health Service) refused to fund treatment for a child with cancer.

Op-Ed: Britain's National Health Service reform

The NHS used to be called the "Pride of Britain". In recent years it has faced reform after reform and news of its failings have shocked the nation. Can the NHS endure the coalition's planned reforms and become a better service?

British Health Secretary claims failing NHS bosses will go

As a report into failing standards, at one UK hospital trust, is about to be published, UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, claims that failing bosses in the NHS will go.

NHS patients treated like 'battery hens', says MP

Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP and Chair of the Human Rights parliamentary group, accused the National Health Service (NHS) of inhumane treatment and fears the normalisation of cruelty is now rife.

Video: Massive crowds hit UK streets in anti-austerity protest

London - It was the UK's turn to hit the streets on Saturday in protest against austerity measures and budget cuts. Tens of thousands participated with a wide range of different groups involved.

NHS in Olympic ceremony angers UK conservatives, vexes US media

London - The prominent inclusion of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics has angered conservative politicians and perplexed many American observers.

Rally to save the NHS in UK gets massive Twitter response

Thousands of NHS workers and patients marched through London and held a rally in Westminster tonight, protesting against the UK Government's Health Reform Bill. The message was "Save Our NHS". Many thousands more, who could not attend, chose to tweet!

NHS refuse operation to remove excess skin on former fattest man

Ipswich - The world's former fattest man is in the headlines again. This time he is complaining that the NHS has refused to perform an operation to remove the unsightly vast swathes of loose skin he was left with following a gastric bypass operation.

NHS to trial the Mandometer® to combat obesity

The Mandometer® is a device created by two doctors in Sweden which has so far proved effective in the treatment of eating disorders, through prompting a person to know when they are satiated. Now the NHS is to test its effectiveness against obesity.

Man arrested after deputy UK PM Nick Clegg hit by paint bomb

It’s being said that an anti-cuts campaigner – protesting at the alliance between the UK Tory and Liberal Democrat parties – was behind a paint-bomb attack on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Nurses banned from exposing excessive cleavage in UK

Hertford - New guidelines have been issued by the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, informing British nurses of local hospitals to cover up.

Britain's youngest alcoholic

London - A three-year-old child was treated for alcoholism at a British hospital. This was mentioned by the NHS, public health care system statistics, released on Monday. He is believed to be Britain's youngest ever alcoholic.

Claire Rayner, the well-known UK agony aunt has died, aged 79

London - Claire Rayner, the much-loved British agony aunt, gay-rights supporter, safe-sex campaigner and former nurse has died at her home. She was 79.

Sharp rise in slimming drug prescriptions costs NHS close to £50m

In 2009 the NHS spent nearly £50 million on prescriptions for slimming drugs. Prescriptions for one drug, Orlistat, reached over a million.

Medication that could save thousands banned by NHS in UK

British cancer sufferers have been denied a miracle drug that is used routinely in almost every other Western country. Why has Avastin been banned by the NHS in the UK?

Stroke surgery delays mean risk of death for 500 every year

Mini-stroke victims are being put at risk as they miss out on a specialist neck surgery they should have to prevent a full blown stroke taking place.

Swab left in British man after surgery contributes to his death

Leicester - An inquest into the death of a 64-year old man from Lincolnshire, England has found that his death was in part caused by a medical swab left inside of him after surgery.

NHS staff suspended for taking part in 'lying down game'

Seven staff at an NHS hospital have been suspended for taking part in the new craze sweeping the world, the Lying Down Game and for then posting the pictures on Facebook.

UK health care: prisoners eat better than elderly patients

Researchers from Bournemouth University find that NHS hospitals feed their elderly patients a worse diet than what is fed to prisoners. Malnutrition among the elderly is notable.

Report: 1 million patients in UK got 'cruel and neglectful' care

A report released Patients Association accuses NHS nurses and hospitals of 'neglectful, demeaning, painful and sometimes downright cruel' treatment.
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The garage repair shop in Aberdeen  Scotland where workers were surprised to find a corpse in an NHS...
The garage repair shop in Aberdeen, Scotland where workers were surprised to find a corpse in an NHS Grampian vehicle taken in for repairs.
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Britain's Prince William (R), president of the Royal Marsden NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust, watches as head surgeon Pardeep Kumar (L) performs surgery for the removal of a bladder tumour on a male patient during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospital in London November 7, 2013
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