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The £6.6bn NHS funding pocketed by private firms, GP fit-for-work scheme to end 'sick-note culture' and the woman and dog sharing pacemakers

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

Private firms are banking £18 million a day in NHS funding, the Daily Mail reports, after a ‘50%’ spike in the number of contracts handed to private firms under the Coalition. Last year £6.6 billion of the NHS budget was spent with private companies.

Health minister Dr Daniel Poulter said: ‘Our position on who should provide services is taken to ensure patients receive the best possible services and outcomes.’

The Government’s new ‘fit for work’ scheme has been touteds a way to ‘stamp out’ the ‘sick note culture’, writes the Telegraph. The scheme will see GPs refer patients signed off for more than six weeks to a company that will ‘draw up a plan’ for them to return to work.

Also in the Telegraph, a woman and her pet dog were both fitted with pacemakers after being diagnosed with heart block, a condition in which their organs skip a beat. According to the paper, the two now have a ‘special bond’ and see the same doctor for check-ups.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Are we not getting a bit paranoid about all this "patients getting best services". It is suffocating.

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  • What about young lads who come for 'backache' and when mris and other diagnostic procedures/assessments reveal there is nothing wrong they suddenly say they are depressed and continue for years on the dole.
    You see them flitting across in shopping centres and at times working on building sites and feel that frustration welling inside but you can't do anything. It's patient first and last - you can't disclose, get them assessed or do anything at all. They come and grin in your face and say they are still depressed so you hand out another sick note. And the merry go round continues with families in which nobody has worked for 3 generations. Thank you government!

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