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Some private hospitals failing to achieve minimum standards
The Healthcare Commission has issued a guide that reveals the patchy quality of care in private hospitals. The health watchdog found that 6 per cent of acute hospitals in the independent and charitable sectors failed to meet at least five of the minimum standards, including safety, cleanliness and quality of care. (20-12-2006)
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Fruit juice 'has too much sugar for it to be a five-a-day'

www.gdaguru.com reports that fruit juice should not be counted as one of your five-a-day because it contains too much sugar – but dried fruit should, two new studies suggest. 

SPF 15 sun cream 'too low' to protect children

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that sunscreen with a protective factor of SPF 15 is not strong enough to protect children and adults against sunburn and the risk of skin cancer, a medical journal has warned. 

'Dads wanted'

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that the Department for Education is recruiting dads with children under the age of five to contribute to a document, to be published in the summer, on the services and support available to families with young children. 

Newborns to be vaccinated against TB

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that tens of thousands of newborn babies will be vaccinated against tuberculosis to curb the rising number of cases.

Bailey Review: crackdown on sexualised media culture to protect children

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that an independent review into the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood has recommended that advertising near nurseries, schools and playgrounds should be restricted to protect children from adult images. 

Painkiller advice for children is upgraded and refined

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that child doses of paracetamol are being revised following concerns that youngsters are regularly overdosing on the painkiller. 

E. coli outbreak: EU ministers to hold crisis talks

www.gdaguru.com today reports that EU agriculture ministers are to hold emergency talks, as efforts continue to find the source of an E.coli outbreak which has killed 22 people. 

MPs condemn NHS regional variation in IVF provision

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that more than 70% of NHS trusts and care providers are ignoring official guidance on offering infertile couples three chances at IVF, according to a report by an all-party group of MPs. 

New baby sign language class launched

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that a fledging North East nursery chain has reacted to the growing popularity of baby sign language by launching a new class at its newly acquired nursery in Durham. 

Bean sprouts to blame for E.coli outbreak

www.gdaguru.com today reports that German-grown bean sprouts are the most likely cause of the deadly E.coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and made more than 2,000 ill across Europe, officials said at the weekend.   

Deadline for Montessori and Steiner Level 4 training extended

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that current Montessori and Steiner qualifications are to continue to be recognised by the CWDC until January 2012. 

Postal staff fight for care

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that a unique nursery that offers subsidised childcare for postal workers across London is to be closed by the Royal Mail. 

Nestlé launches coffee-style machine for baby milk

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that Nestlé has launched a baby formula milk version of its Nespresso capsule coffee machine, sparking fury from campaigners who say the product will undermine the advice of the World Health Organisation that babies under six months should be exclusively breastfed.

Parents take councils to court over cuts to children's centres

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that legal action has been filed with the High Court in London against Hampshire County Council and Hammersmith and Fulham Council to prevent them from reducing the Sure Start provision in their areas. 

Extremely obese children have higher prevalence of psoriasis

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that children who are overweight or obese have a significantly higher prevalence of psoriasis, and teens with psoriasis, regardless of their body weight, have higher cholesterol levels, according to a recent study in the US. 

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