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  • More than 100,000 Patients Had to Wait Longer than Two Weeks to See a Cancer Specialist Last Year

    Thursday 27th Apr 2017

    Last year, more than 100,000 patients had to wait longer than the stated maximum of two weeks to see a cancer specialist to discover whether or not they have the disease, figures obtained by The Guardian reveal. A total of 102,697 people in England had their “worst fears dragged out”… read more »

  • Premier Choice Consultant Attains GR1

    Friday 24th Mar 2017

    We are really pleased to announce that Linda Tresidder – one of our Corporate Healthcare and Risk consultants – has attained GR1, the Industry Qualification for advising on Group Risk products. This now means all our Healthcare and Protection consultants have the GR1 qualification, highlighting our commitment to strengthening our… read more »

  • Patient Safety at Risk As Doctors Find Themselves Under Increasing Pressure

    Thursday 23rd Mar 2017

    Shoe-string budgets, staff shortages and low morale are placing increasing pressure on the NHS, with three quarters (74%) of physicians saying they will not be able to deliver safe patient care in the next 12 months, according to a survey by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). Released to coincide… read more »

  • Increased Risk of Death from Cancer Linked to Anxiety and Depression

    Thursday 9th Mar 2017

    The best way to fight cancer could be to remain positive, according to the findings of a new study conducted by researchers at University College London, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sydney. Having reviewed 16 previous studies which looked at the link between mental distress and cancer,… read more »

  • Ambulance Crews Wasted 500,000 Hours Outside Busy A&E Departments in 2016

    Thursday 2nd Mar 2017

    Last year, paramedics wasted 500,000 hours stuck outside Accident & Emergency departments with a patient in the back of their ambulance because hospitals were too busy to accept them, a report has warned. The National Audit Office (NAO) said it was the equivalent of 41,000 12-hour ambulance shifts being wasted… read more »

  • New Mothers Should Be Screened for Mental Health Problems, Says Watchdog

    Thursday 23rd Feb 2017

    All new mothers should be screened for depression and anxiety in the weeks after giving birth, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The NHS advisory body says that GPs should routinely assess the psychological state of all new mothers to prevent potentially serious conditions going… read more »

  • Are We Cooking Rice the Wrong Way and Endangering Our Health?

    Thursday 16th Feb 2017

    Millions of people worldwide are cooking rice the wrong way and endangering their health as a result, scientists believe. That’s because traces of the poison arsenic can be found in rice as a result of industrial toxins and pesticides that can remain in the soil it grows in for decades.… read more »

  • Breath Test Could Save Lives by Detecting Stomach and Esophageal Cancers Earlier

    Thursday 9th Feb 2017

    A simple breath test that measures the levels of five chemicals in a person’s breath could detect cancers of the stomach and oesophagus, a large-scale patient trial has shown. Presenting the findings of the research at the European Cancer Congress 2017 in Amsterdam, Dr Sheraz Markar, an NIHR Clinical Trials… read more »

  • Number of European Nurses Registering to Work in Britain Falls by 90 per Cent since Brexit Vote

    Friday 3rd Feb 2017

    European nurses are turning their backs on Britain following the Brexit referendum, according to figures released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Just 101 nurses and midwives from EU countries joined the UK register last month, compared with 1,304 in July – the month immediately after the referendum. Furthermore,… read more »

  • Premier Choice Supporting ‘HopeIsContagious’

    Friday 27th Jan 2017

    Premier Choice is delighted to support Maggie Watts’ latest campaign, ‘HopeIsContagious’, to increase the awareness of pancreatic cancer. Supported by Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Action, all monies raised are put back into the campaign to deliver the message that early diagnosis is the only way to survive this… read more »