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Call for cross-party NHS review, lack of coronary stent access and why you can ditch the New Year diet

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines

A trio of former health ministers is calling for a cross-party review of the future of the NHS, the BBC reports.

Ex-health secretaries Stephen Dorrell, Alan Milburn and Norman Lamb – the only one of the three who is still an MP – are all supporting the idea.

Mr Lamb, who is set to raise the issue in Parliament today, said promises of extra money for the NHS were not enough to prevent systems collapsing and that the commission should consider increasing taxes and ending the ‘artificial divide’ between health and care, the report says.

Heart attack patients ‘are twice as likely to receive life-saving treatments in hospitals which operate seven-day services’, The Telegraph claims.

That’s based on a study that showed people who suffer an MI are ‘far more likely’ to receive a coronary stent if they are sent to hospitals that operate primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) services round-the-clock.

According to Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, lives are ‘still being lost from the lack of 24/7 access to treatments’, the paper reports.

‘We need to ensure that the NHS provides enough, sufficiently resourced heart attack centres providing round the clock PPCI, to avoid needless loss of life,’ he said.

Lastly, we can all forget the New Year diet as apparently it’s doomed to failure – according to University of Exeter researchers.

The team claims we’re genetically programmed to scoff as much as possible at this time of year, the Daily Mail reports.

Readers' comments (1)

  • "...people who suffer an MI are ‘far more likely’ to receive a coronary stent if they are sent to hospitals that operate primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) services round-the-clock."

    Interesting, but important to remember that this is a process measure and therefore only a surrogate marker for the outcome that actually matters - did they have better survival?

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