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NHS Lothian figures show that over 3000 people’s waiting time has exceeded six-weeks. This figure is inclusive of diagnostic tests to detect cancer.

The Scottish government’s targeted time has dropped from 78.6 per cent to 69.7 per cent in a year, and in September an estimated 3583 patients did not meet the referral target. This makes Lothian figures the worst in Scotland.

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11 to 18 year olds are drinking the equivalent of a bathtub full of sugary drinks every year, according to figures compiled from the latest Government National Diet and Nutrition Survey, it’s been reported.

This is the equivalent of just under 234 cans of soft drink per year, twice the amount of children aged between 4 and 10.

It’s also been said that teenagers are eating and drinking at least three times the recommended limit, and sugary drinks account for most of this added sugar.

Cancer Research UK is calling on the Scottish government to do more to tackle the country’s wider obesity epidemic, suggesting that a proposed sugar levy does not go far enough.

The UK’s home care service has been described as “shocking and disgraceful” by a consumer group today. 
Many elderly people have been left with food out of reach, in soiled beds and without their medication, a care association has said.
The UK Home Care Association said it was never acceptable for people to experience rushed or inadequate care.
Better care for the elderly: The UK Home Care Association reveal shocking conditions in care homes. Image: Nick Fraser/ CC license

by Ray Philp

A health authority has expressed their “deepest sympathies” for the family of a 9 year old daughter who died of anaphylactic shock shortly after a GP had failed to prescribe a device that could have saved her life.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde were implicated in a report published by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman that criticised the lack of clear guidance regarding the prescription of adrenaline auto injector pens, or EpiPens.

An EpiPen might have saved Miss C. Photo: D Walsh

by Katy Docherty

Smoking trends are being reflected in diagnoses of lung cancer

The number of women diagnosed with lung cancer annually has more than doubled since the 1970s, according to figures released today by UK Cancer Research.

15,100 women over 60 were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008: a giant leap when compared to the 5,700 diagnosed in 1975.

But for men there has been a drop in the number of diagnoses, with the number falling from 23,400 in 1975 to 19,400 in 2008.

As a reduction in diagnoses mirrors a reduction in smoking, the figures reflect the smoking trends of 20 to 30 years ago. Men were the main smokers of the 40s and 50s, whereas in the 60s and 70s it became more popular for women to smoke. The long-term effects of these trends can be seen in cancer figures: in the 1980s the number of diagnoses for women began to fall but then started to rise again in 2002.