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CGHS cover applies even to hospitals not on government list: Supreme Court

CGHS cover applies even to hospitals not on government list: Supreme Court

Finance
NEW DELHI: In a relief to over 44 lakh current and retired government employees and their families covered under the Central Government Health Scheme, the Supreme Court said on Friday that reimbursement cannot be denied to them even if they received treatment in a hospital not empanelled under the plan. The SC bench said “no fetters” could be placed on the rights of a government employee during his lifetime to get the best medical treatment and it was wrong to reimburse bills on the basis of rates fixed under CGHS in case the employee got treatment from a hospital which is not empanelled. “The right to medical claim cannot be denied merely because the name of the hospital is not included in the government order,” the bench said. “The real test must be the factum of treatment. Before any me
Hospitals 'failing' on genetic bowel cancer test

Hospitals 'failing' on genetic bowel cancer test

Health
More than 80% of NHS hospitals in England are failing to test bowel cancer patients for the genetic condition Lynch syndrome, according to the charity Bowel Cancer UK.The condition increases the risk of bowel and other cancers. Bowel Cancer UK estimates that 166,000 people in the UK are unaware that they have the condition.An NHS England spokeswoman said there are clear guidelines about when it is appropriate to test for Lynch syndrome. Testing for the syndrome can guide the treatment of the patient and indicates whether their families are at risk. Children of people with the condition have a 50/50 chance of developing it.The charity says it is important to find out whether patients have Lynch syndrome, because some chemotherapy drugs are ineffective for them.And if other family members fi...
Struggling hospitals facing 'huge tragedy'

Struggling hospitals facing 'huge tragedy'

Health
Patients are at risk in overcrowded hospitals as the NHS struggles to cope with the deluge of patients seen in recent weeks, a senior doctor has said.Prof Suzanne Mason, from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described it as a "huge tragedy".Reports have emerged of patients facing long waits for treatment and being stuck on trolleys in corridors and of ambulances left queuing outside A&E.NHS bosses have responded by cancelling non-urgent care en masse.Tens of thousands of operations, treatments and appointments have been put off for the rest of January as hospitals have tried to ease some of the pressure.But Prof Mason said the move was "too little too late" as hospitals simply had no beds free and these treatments would have had to be cancelled anyway.She added: "Patient safety...
Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Health
One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time, new figures suggest.Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama show 78% of patients are being screened and 63% are getting antibiotics within one hour.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS had "more to do" to stop "preventable" sepsis deaths occurring.Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. Without prompt treatment, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death.In 2015, concerned at the growing number of sepsis cases going undetected, the NHS told hospital trusts to examine how successful they were at identifying patients with the condition. The figures seen by Panorama cover the 12 months to March 2017.'I've never felt this ill before'Al...