The NHS has come under attack from US Republicans and campaigners intent on derailing President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms. They argue that deficiencies in the British system should act as warnings against the dangers of a "socialised" healthcare system. comment (9)
The Health Minister, Paul Burstow, has said that the NHS will remove, but not replace, implants for patients who had their surgery privately, despite MPs having called action taken by the government over the PIP breast implants scandal “inadequate.” Do you think the NHS has a duty of care to those who had the surgery privately? What would your solution be?
The Health of the Nation survey, commissioned by Aviva Health, reveals that GPs are spending most of their time dealing with patients who do not really need their attention. Are patients wasting GPs' time? How can GPs' time be used more productively? comment (11)
A study says an extra 11 million people will be severely overweight by 2030, bringing the total to 26 million, at a cost of an extra ?2 billion a year to the NHS. The doctors suggest a 10% tax on high calorie food and drink should top the list of strategies to curb the obesity epidemic. How can we halt the obesity crisis? Should unhealthy foods be taxed? comment (12)