A mixed bag of health media coverage this week from the nationals, with the Daily Mail especially prolific.
The Patients Association continued its close partnership with the Mail by using the paper to reveal the results of a survey of 5,000 patients concerning nutrition in acute and community settings.
It claimed two in three patients were “not checked for malnutrition” and hospitals were missing a “vital chance” to ensure the “elderly are eating properly”.
The same paper also reported that “hard-up hospitals” were telling women they could not choose to have a caesarean. It went on to list eight primary care trusts that had restricted planned caesareans, which the paper claimed was the first time the NHS was banning them on financial, rather than clinical, grounds.
The Daily Telegraph ran a shorter version of the same story. NHS Alliance chair Mike Dixon featured in both.
Back at the Mail, another story revealed “key findings” from an unpublished Department of Health report on liver disease, warning the cost of treating the condition could rise from £1.4bn to £2.1bn – around 2 per cent of the NHS budget – by 2015-16.
The paper said the leaked report was written to help inform a national liver strategy, which is due to be unveiled later this year.
The Guardian meanwhile reported that NHS Blood and Transplant was drawing up new clinical guidance after two patients at Royal Liverpool University Hospital were given kidneys from a donor with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
The Times was given an early look at a government announcement designed to encourage the use of smartphone programs by the NHS. The DH has asked staff and the public for ideas for health related apps.