Virgin Care Wins £700m Contract To Run 200 NHS And Social Care Services

Sir Richard Branson’s health firm, Virgin Care, has won a £700m contract to deliver 200 types of NHS and social care services to more than 200,000 people in Bath and north-east Somerset.

The contract, which was approved on Thursday, has sparked new fears about private health firms expanding their role in the provision of publicly funded health services.

Virgin Care has been handed the contract by both Bath and North East Somerset NHS clinical commissioning group and Conservative-led Bath and North East Somerset council. It is worth £70m a year for seven years and the contract includes an option to extend it by another three years at the same price.

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A Commotion in the Blood — Life, Death, And The Immune System By Stephen S Hall

acomossioninthebloodIt was in 1884 that a migrant house-painter in New York with a recurrent, aggressive cancer behind his ear — a four-inch ‘ugly, ominous bunch of grapes’ — underwent a fourth surgery to attempt to save his life, but the cancer was so large and invasive that the wound could not even be closed after the procedure. Left with an open crater in his neck and a virtual death sentence, the unfortunate man developed a raging skin infection that itself might have ended his life precipitously in those days before antibiotics. Instead, he survived the infection and a second one, and — to the astonishment of his surgeons — the cancerous ulcer healed and the malignancy disappeared. Read More

Training The Immune System To Naturally Fight Cancer Is Not New

Cancer is a devastating disease with roots in genetics, diet, environmental surroundings and sometimes what some see as random chaos. But another villain may also be at the helm when it comes to spreading cancer: the very ones who claim to be preventing it. Chemotherapy is a harsh treatment designed to kill both good and bad cancer cells. Extremely high cancer return percentages have led many to believe that the chemotherapy treatments spawn more cancer. Women with breast cancer commonly die from brain tumors. Were they predisposed through genetics or is chemotherapy tainted? That might be rhetorical.

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Big Sugar — Sweet, White And Deadly By Brian McKenna

The documentary about Big Sugar, from it’s early days with ties to slavery to modern times with it’s detrimental effects on the everglades and political ties. This is both part 1 and part 2. Written & Directed by: Brian McKenna, and produced by: Galafilm in 2005.

Raising Cane – A History of Big Sugar In South Florida

6,000 years ago, the Everglades were created when a receding ocean revealed a bare limestone plain that covered south Florida. Fed by heavy rainfall, subtropical plants made their home on the low nutrient soil. Rain falling across central Florida made its way to Lake Okeechobee, which frequently overflowed its southern boundaries, creating a slow moving ‘river of grass’ that once covered most of present-day Dade and Broward counties as well as the southern part of the state.

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Receptionists ‘Put People Off Seeing Doctor’

Receptionists quizzing patients about why they need to see their GP could be putting some sick people off visiting their surgery, a survey suggests.

Of almost 2,000 adults questioned for Cancer Research UK, four in 10 said they disliked having to discuss their ills with office staff in order to get an appointment.

Many were worried about making a fuss.

Experts say patients must be forceful and not take no for an answer if they have symptoms that need investigating.

The government says it is funding training to help receptionists learn how to be sensitive to patients’ needs.

Probing Questions

Receptionists are the first point of contact in primary care and it is their job to decide which patients should see the GP and how urgently.

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