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Sheila Bird :: Wed, 20/01/2010 - 10:53

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Nuff said? The Nuffield Trust on healthcare comparisons across the UK

Reservations on today’s report by Nuffield Trust which compares funding and healthcare performance across the UK centre on: Rurality (which not even comparison between Scotland and North East England redresses), Reporting standards, Right measures, Responsiveness, and Repeat attendances.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 25/06/2009 - 08:08

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Kidney Hype

Here's a story to warm the heart. Altruistic kidney donation has gone up by 50 per cent!

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 08/05/2009 - 00:00

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Flu Fears and Fantasies


Media commentators have been having fun with a story in the Evening Standard of March 30. “Flu pandemic could kill 94,000 people in London” wrote Tim Ross and Mark Prigg, as swine flu fever threw those of a nervous disposition into a panic.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 30/04/2009 - 00:00

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False reasoning about alcohol

Drinking can damage your liver, as we've all known for a long time. But how many moderate drinkers end up in NHS liver-wards?

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 26/03/2009 - 15:17

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Let the power of probability be with you

IS healthcare in Britain good, bad, or indifferent? We spend £100 billion a year on it, so it would be nice to know.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 26/03/2009 - 15:08

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Mismatched Framing: or how to mislead without really trying

IF a leaflet given to women claimed that hormone replacement therapy reduced the risk of colon cancer by 50 per cent, but increased the risk of breast cancer by six in a thousand, what might they c

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 27/11/2008 - 12:50

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Four Tails and You’re Out

ANOTHER hospital has called in the Healthcare Commission because it has suffered a run of deaths in its heart transplant programme.