Women Face Barriers to Achieving Senior GPC Roles

Senior GPC members have warned that both women and the sessional GPs face unfair barriers to acquiring senior roles within the General Practitioners Committee. And GPC leaders have essentially concurred with this verdict, conceding that more must be done in order to ensure leadership proportionally represents the profession. Top women GPs have warned that there is currently an uneven playing field in terms of recruitment, which is illustrated by the composition of the GPC compared with the profession... Readmore

NHS Improvement Issues Warning Over Acute Patient Safety

NHS Improvement has warned acute trusts that their current practices are compromising the safety of patients. Some trusts have been guilty of introducing what the organisation describes as 'unacceptable rules', which are having the unfortunate effect of delaying ambulances at Accident and Emergency. The regulator has written to trusts across the country revealing concerns about rules and approaches causing delays to ambulance crews. NHS Improvement states that this presents a risk to safety... Readmore

NHS Acute Hospitals Failing to Meet Nursing Staff Targets

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

Acute Trusts Encouraged to Reduce Bed Occupancy

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

Merger of Two Acute Trusts is Terminated

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

Fifty NHS Hospitals to be Spared Waiting Time Targets

Over 50 hospitals in England have been granted permission to ignore key waiting time targets owing to their extreme financial difficulties. The decision is part of an overall package of measures which have been taken by NHS bosses following the £2.5 billion deficit accumulated by NHS trusts during the previous financial year. Fines for missing targets in A&E, cancer and routine operations have been scrapped altogether as part of the initiative. The decision to relax targets has already been... Readmore

Hunt Indicates Intention to Press on with Seven-Day NHS

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has reiterated his commitment, and that of NHS England, to ensuring that his seven-day NHS vision is realised. This policy will remain in place despite the resignation of David Cameron as prime minister, and his subsequent replacement by Theresa May. In a written ministerial statement, Hunt indicated that he expected NHS England to “make further progress on the priority of rolling out the seven-day NHS commitment including 'to improve access to GP services, particularly... Readmore

Ombudsman’s Report Strongly Criticises Hospital Bosses Over Sepsis

An ombudsman's report has been strongly critical of hospital bosses and doctors, suggesting that they showed a consistent attitude of arrogance following the death of a three-year-old from sepsis. Healthcare professionals involved in the case of Sam Morrish had gratuitously and rashly concluced that his passing was due to rare and unfortunate circumstances. But the ombudsman investigating the case concluded that his death was avoidable. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) urged... Readmore

King’s Fund Calls for NHS Organisations to Develop Collaborative Relationships

The King's Fund believes that NHS organisations could make more effort to form collaborative relationships with both patients and communities, and has emphasised the importance of this as part of the NHS Five Year Forward View. Commenting on the implementation of this health service program, the authoritative think tank suggested that the NHS must step up his efforts to forge new relationships with patients and communities, which is a central pillar of the five-year transformation scheme. The Five... Readmore

Financial Woe Could Damage Patient Care According to Experts

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New App to Help Predict and Prevent Suicide

An NHS mental health trust is collaborating with researchers in the United States in order to develop an app that may have a positive influence on suicide. Liverpool-based Merseycare and Stanford University have been in talks on how the technology could work. The aim of the two organisations is to produce a prototype by June of this year, with the aim to have the first patients monitored by the final application by January 2017. Suicide remains a major killer in Britain, however there were 6,122... Readmore

90 Per Cent of Acute Hospitals Failing to Meet NHS Targets

According to analysis, 90 per cent of acute hospitals are failing to perform satisfactorily. With the acute sector having been set stringent targets, over nine out of ten hospitals are failing to meet their requirements. This is a significant decline from when the acute sector was last assessed earlier this year. According to the latest data which has been provided by 225 acute hospital sites in England, 207 (92 per cent) failed to achieve their planned staffing levels for qualified nurses working... Readmore
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