Better handwashing could cut healthcare infections in half

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- Hundreds of millions of patients every year worldwide get healthcare-associated infections, but handwashing could prevent half of them, U.N. officials say.
Swine flu death toll in Britain reaches 14

Swine flu death toll in Britain reaches 14

LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- The British government says 14 people infected with the H1N1 influenza virus, or swine flu, have died in Britain to date.

Britain eyes minimum alcohol price levels

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) -- Britain's chief medical officer wants a minimum price for alcoholic beverages to discourage an epidemic of binge drinking, sources say.

More donor organs sought in Britain

LONDON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Britain's chief medical officer is calling for an overhaul of how human organs are donated to boost the number of transplants in the country.

Hospital patients should ask staff to wash

LONDON, July 18 (UPI) -- Hand hygiene in hospitals increases significantly when patients ask doctors and nurses if they've washed before an examination.

In UK, organ donation could be automatic

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- All United Kingdom residents should automatically be considered organ donors unless they specifically object, the country's head doctor said Tuesday.

Parents urged not to smoke around kids

LONDON, June 24 (UPI) -- Health experts in Britain are warning parents who smoke that lighting up in front of their children raises the chances their children will become smokers.

Britain plans changes in medical licensing

LONDON, July 15 (UPI) -- Doctors in Britain would have to renew their licenses every five years under proposals inspired by the case of a doctor who killed about 250 patients.

Juvenile diabetes soars in Britain

LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The number of British children with type 2 diabetes, which normally presents in middle-aged people, has risen ten-fold in the past five years.

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.

Report: Tamiflu is 'useless' for avian flu

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Vietnamese doctor with experience in treating avian flu says Tamiflu, the drug being stockpiled for treatment of avian flue is useless against the virus.

U.K. official slams lack of smoke ban

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Britain's leading medical adviser considered resigning over the government decision to back away from a total ban on smoking in pubs and bars in England.

British health chief says flu no joke

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Britain's chief medical officer says the prospect of an avian influenza pandemic is no joke.

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.

A pandemic would overwhelm U.K. hospitals

LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Researchers believe intensive care units in Britain would not cope with the increased demand for beds and life-saving treatment during a pandemic.
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Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson (b. 3 May 1949, Middlesbrough, England, UK) is currently the Chief Medical Officer for England. As such he is principal advisor to the United Kingdom Government on health matters and one of the most senior officials in the National Health Service (NHS).

In the 2002 New Year Honours List, Liam Donaldson received a knighthood in recognition of his achievements in health and health care.

Donaldson was appointed as Chief Medical Officer in 1998. Between 1994 and 1998 he was Regional Director for the NHS Region of Northern and Yorkshire, and prior to that Regional Medical Officer and Regional Director of Public Health for the Northern Regional Health Authority. He began his career as a surgeon before training in public health.

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