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WHO issues Europe measles warning

Your Expert Witness measlesMeasles is usually a mild illness - but can be fatal

European countries need to act now to tackle measles outbreaks, the World Health Organization warns.

The WHO report says there were over 26,000 measles cases in 36 European countries from January to October 2011.

Western European countries reported 83% of those cases, with 14,000 in France alone.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:20


Health and Council Chiefs pledge to reduce young people’s harmful drinking

Your Expert Witness Alcohol pledgeNorth West health and Council chiefs have pledged to reduce the harm caused by alcohol to children and young people, as new studies show alcohol continues to pose a risk to under-18s, with more than half getting drink from their parents.

A total of 16 Directors of Public Health from NHS and local government organisations across the region signed up to the North West Young People and Alcohol Programme in a ceremony in Manchester.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:20


Imperva says staff training is essential when medical records are concerned

Your Expert Witness Rob RachwaldCommenting on reports that healthcare and IT experts warned the US Congress earlier this month about security concerns surrounding the increasing use of EHRs (electronic health records), Imperva says that media reports and research points to a lack of understanding within healthcare organisations as to why EHRs need protecting.

According to Rob Rachwald, director of security with the data security specialist, recent research from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 64 per cent of staff working with EHR data were unaware of whether – or not – their firm had suffered a data breach within the last two years (

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:22


Breast cancer drug refused on the NHS

Your Expert Witness breast cancerA new breast cancer drug that can extend the lives of sufferers cannot be provided on the NHS, the drugs rationing body has announced.

The drug, Faslodex, may help women with breast cancer to live for a further three years but will not be provided on the NHS, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence has ruled.

The drug costs £500 a month, up to 84 times more than alternatives already available, and the evidence it works any better is 'uncertain', a spokesman for Nice said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 16:24


Circle in deal to run Hinchingbrooke NHS hospital


Hinchingbrooke NHS hospitalA groundbreaking £1bn, 10-year deal for a private firm to run a struggling NHS hospital has been confirmed.

Circle, which is part-listed on the London Stock Exchange, is to take over Hinchingbrooke hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, from 1 February 2012.

The deal will see Circle assume the financial risks of making the hospital more efficient and paying off its debts but the hospital will stay in the NHS.

The company must maintain services but unions fear staff numbers could be cut.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2011 12:03