New improvements to the NHS

Tue, Nov 17, 2009


 From 1 April teh Government is abolishing NHS prescription charges for everyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment.


Up to 150,000 patients already diagnosed with cancer are expected to benefit, saving them £100 or more each year in prescription charges.


Other new NHS improvements are Health Checks – which will also begin from April. Everyone aged between 40 and 74 in England will begin to be invited for a free health check to identify their risk of diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.


These health checks are a good idea because they will make sure people from this age group have the right information about their

health in order to make important lifestyle changes and reduce their risks of developing diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease.

These illnesses currently affect the lives of 4 million people in England and are responsible for a fifth of all hospital admissions.


Also from April all NHS Trusts will be able to offer MRSA screening to all relevant elective patients.


The number of people getting infections from MRSA is falling (latest figures show reductions of 38 per cent), but we still have further to go and this is part of our continued efforts to reduce infection rates even further.


Waiting Lists


The NHS now has the shortest waits since its records began.

It has met its target to treat patients within a maximum of 18 weeks from referral by their GP – an achievement which was unimaginable 12 years ago. 

This is a tremendous achievement by NHS clinicians and staff who should be proud of the difference their hard work has made to the experience of every NHS patient.

In the 1990s it was not uncommon for people to wait 18 months or more for their operation – with some people dying on the waiting list


The NHS is one of our country’s greatest achievements and we will always stand up for it.






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