British doctors found pro-NHS party

LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Two doctors announced the formation Thursday of National Health Action, a new political party aimed at protecting Britain's National Health Service.

Cameron begins Cabinet shakeup

LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron began a long-anticipated shakeup of his Cabinet Monday, political observers said.

Advocates want smoke-free Britain

LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A leading British doctor says it is "entirely realistic" for the country to become smoke-free in 20 years.

Loyalty cards may 'nudge' better eating

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- British government officials said they are considering a program of having supermarkets use customer loyalty card data to offer tailored advice on better diets.

Allocating NHS funds by age helps rich

LONDON, May 28 (UPI) -- A plan in Britain to allocate National Health Service resources by age would disproportionately benefit the healthiest and most affluent areas, researchers say.

Britain to make M.D. appointments online

LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- In a move being described as "customer friendly," British doctors said they will no longer require patients to go to their offices to make an appointment.

British poll: Kids hate being around smoke

LONDON, March 31 (UPI) -- A TV and radio campaign in England says smoking by a window or the back door does not protect children from harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

U.K. says no to paying for implant removal

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The British government says it will not pay for operations for most U.K. women to have allegedly defective French-made breast implants replaced.

U.K. women are most obese in Europe

LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A study by the European Union shows the United Kingdom has the most obese women out of any country in Europe.
England bans cigarette vending machines

England bans cigarette vending machines

LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Cigarette vending machines have been banned in England in an effort to discourage children from becoming smokers.

Recession said to be a threat to elderly healthcare

LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The recession threatens to derail reforms in long-term care leaving the elderly facing mounting medical bills, an economic adviser to the U.K. government says.

British kids termed overweight by mistake

LONDON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Thanks to a computer error, hundreds of British families were told mistakenly that their children were overweight, the government admitted.

Bedbugs, mice found in British hospitals

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- British Conservatives said the Labor party isn't doing enough to keep pests such mice, rats and bedbugs out of National Health Service hospitals.

Britons fly elsewhere for surgery

LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- About 70,000 British "health tourists" a year fly to India and other countries for surgery.

British hospitals delay surgeries for cash

LONDON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Nearly half of England's National Health Service hospitals are purposefully delaying surgeries to save money, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

Hospitals told to cancel routine surgeries

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Hospitals in Britain, trying to balance their books, are denying surgeries for ailments such as varicose veins, wisdom teeth and bad backs, documents show.

British hospitals told to delay surgeries

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Hospitals in Britain have been told to hold off operating on some patients until they've been on a waiting list for 20 weeks, documents show.

Brit hospital's pet plan raises objections

LONDON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Britain's Conservative party and a hospital workers union have objected to a proposal to open a hospital's radiotherapy unit to dogs and cats with cancer. Hospital worker's union, Unison, has objected to the debt-ridden National Health Service hospital's

Memo reveals financial problems at NHS

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An e-mail from a top official with Britain's Department of Health obtained by The Observer reveals acute financial problems in the National Health Service.

Networking: Digital doctors' records

CHICAGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Old-fashioned medical claims processing -- doctors handwriting codes for procedures on hardcopy files -- is gradually being replaced by digital physicians netwo

Bird flu worries hit Britain

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Britain's chief medical Officer told doctors in the country to prepare for the worst when, not if, the bird flu pandemic breaks out.

U.K. parties say Tamiflu order is late

LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- British Conservatives and Liberal Democrats say the the Labor government might be too late in ordering drugs to fight bird flu.