The Shadow health secretary has condemned the closure of walk-in centres in Bury.
Jonathan Ashworth, who grew up in the Lancashire town, called on healthcare bosses to reconsider the decision to close these vital community assets.
Ashworth considers the move to be short-sighted, and also warned that the plan will have the undesired consequence of piling further pressure on to Accident and Emergency departments.
And Ashworth is also sceptical that plans to use NHS 111 to triage patients towards... Readmore
Pilot practices responsible for piloting the new seven-day approach to working have been set targets to ensure at least 60% of appointments are utilised.
Surgeries that fail to achieve this figure will be required to submit plans on how they will increase demand in the immediate future.
The new scheme has been introduced in a subcontract by the Greater Peterborough Network Ltd (GPN); a GP provider company set up to deliver the GP Access Scheme across 29 practices in the region.
Three Essex trusts involved in an innovative new group model intended to oversee three hospitals in the region have now finalised their joint executive team.
Clare Panniker had already been named as the chief executive, but other members of the board have now been put in place.
This extraordinary decision has been necessitated by a potential £400 million deficit for the region's healthcare operation by the end of the decade.
Thus, major plans have been set out to reconfigure the way that... Readmore
A major investigation into nursing has indicated that almost every acute hospital in England is currently failing to meet staffing targets.
96% of the 214 acute hospitals that responded to the survey are currently failing to achieve their nursing staff targets.
While 85% missed their target for nurses working at night in the same month.
This decline in nurses can be considered particularly worrying, as it comes in a climate in which there are record numbers of nurses recruited to the acute... Readmore
NICE leaders have suggested that GPs should review the mental health of those with learning disabilities during their annual health checkups.
This new quality standard introduced by NICE is intended to ensure that the NHS standardises guidance.
And the Healthcare authority recommends that GPs working within the NHS system should “conduct annual health checks in their patients with learning disabilities that include reviews of mental health problems”.
The new standard also requires clinical... Readmore
Official figures indicate that there has been a significant escalation in the number of patients arriving at Accident and Emergency departments in England with mental health difficulties.
Experts believe that a lack of early support for such individuals means that the level of patients within the healthcare system suffering from mental health problems has reached a crisis level.
Data compiled by NHS Digital indicated that between 2011-12 and 2015-16 the number of patients attending A&E... Readmore
A survey of psychiatrists has suggested that NHS services are failing the soaring numbers of children who have had a breakdown, self-harmed or attempted to commit suicide.
72% of consultant psychiatrists who specialise in treating children and adolescents say that NHS care for under-18s experiencing a crisis in their mental health is either inadequate (58%) or very inadequate (14%).
And only 9% of those who responded concluded that these services are currently good.
253 of the UK’s 750 consultant... Readmore
Acute trusts must reduce bed occupancy, according to orders delivered ahead of the Christmas period.
Trusts have been informed that they must “cease most inpatient elective activity”, in order to free up capacity.
It is hoped that this will help avoid further deterioration in emergency care.
A letter has been issued from NHS Improvement requiring all acute providers to aim to cut their general and acute bed occupancy to 85 per cent over the key Christmas period.
It is thought... Readmore
The NHS is set to overhaul services for women who develop mental health problems around childbirth.
This initiative is intended to help reduce the suffering caused by postnatal depression and reduce the number of new mothers who kill either themselves or their baby.
NHS England has indicated its decision to invest £40 million into new specialist treatment centres for the 20% of women whose pregnancy, birth or experience afterwards triggers serious psychological problems.
Anxiety, depression... Readmore
It has been announced that community health and urgent care services in West Lancashire will be taken over by a private provider from April 2017.
Virgin Care will be replacing Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in the borough.
And local residents have already been assured by the native Clinical Commissioning Group that all services commissioned within this process will continue to be delivered as part of the NHS and will still be free.
But the decision was met by outrage from West Lancashire... Readmore
The merger of two acute foundation trust has been postponed following one of the providers involved deciding that merging would not offer the best chance of financial stabilisation.
Royal Surrey County and Ashford and St Peter’s foundation trusts were intended to merge, following an announcement back in May 2014.
The intention at that time was to create a provider with an annual turnover of approximately £600 million.
But further investigation has suggested that services to patients may suffer... Readmore
Private providers have been given the chance to bid for thousands of NHS services for the first time due to new European Union competition rules.
While the recent Brexit decision has been largely condemned by health service sources, it could be suggested that this is the sort of decision which demonstrates that Brexit may not be all bad for the NHS.
NHS England has published “prior information notices” for its specialised services contracts in the Official Journal of the European Union... Readmore