Daily digest June 2 2015

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NHS has funding so now it must deliver, says Hunt

The NHS must improve patient care and stop making excuses about a lack of funding now that the government has promised it an extra £8 billion a year, the health secretary has said.

In a report in the Telegraph, Mr Hunt says the health service has the money it needs and must now ‘deliver its side of the bargain’ and make ‘substantial and significant’ savings .

He adds that the police have managed to cut crime significantly despite reduced funding and called on hospitals to do the same by increasing standards of patient care while becoming more efficient.

Read more on the Telegraph website

Breast cancer trial offers hope of living longer

Thousands of women could live longer with two new drugs that target the most common and most aggressive types of breast cancer, trials have shown.

Tumours vanished in double the number of women using a drug called Perjeta than on standard treatment, and patients were 40% more likely to be disease-free after three years, the Times has reported.

About one quarter of the 50,000 British women who develop breast cancer each year have the HER2-positive type, in which high levels of a key protein fuel the growth of cancer cells. Many are treated with Herceptin but the latest study suggests that adding Perjeta could be even more effective. 

Read more on the Times website

'Stand more at work to cut heart attack risk'

Office workers should abandon their chairs to reduce their risk of heart attack, cancer and diabetes, according to new guidance that recommends people spend at least two hours a day, and preferably four, on their feet, the Independent reports.

Bosses should provide desks that people can stand at and allow workers to have regular breaks to walk around, according to the new study, commissioned by Public Health England and the Active Working Community Interest Company.

Companies should warn their employees that prolonged sitting 'may significantly and independently increase the risk of cardiometabolic diseases and premature mortality’ says the expert guidance published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Read more on the Independent website

High blood pressure doesn't rule out HRT, experts say

Doctors should stop denying menopausal women HRT simply because they have high blood pressure, say experts.

The Daily Mail reports that thousands of women are thought to have been unfairly excluded from using HRT because GPs worry the drug might raise the risk of heart problems, despite complaints from specialists.

But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence announced it is considering publishing official advice on the issue after research found women who start taking HRT in their 50s may actually have a reduced risk of heart disease.

Read more on the Mail Online website

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