NHS England has improved in principle a £29 million capital spending, intended to fund the reconfiguration of acute services at Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.
The West Midlands trust has already published a consultation on its “Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire” plan, with the intention of outlining how these monies will be invested.
Commenting on the issue, a spokeswoman for the trust indicated that capital requirements in the region of £30 million have already... Readmore
New figures have outlined the extent of the bed-blocking crisis facing the NHS this winter.
Fifteen hospitals had no spare beds on at least one day recently, according to official statistics.
Meanwhile, beds on general and acute wards at two NHS trusts were full for four days consecutively.
And eight trusts reported “serious operational problems” during the first week of the month.
The statistics were published as part of NHS England’s winter daily situation reports.
These began... Readmore
Official figures indicate that over 700 operations at NHS Grampian have been cancelled already this year.
Lack of beds, staff and clean equipment have all been cited as being problematical.
Between January and October, 735 operations at the health board were cancelled for non-clinical or capacity reasons.
This compares to the 808 operations cancelled by the NHS Grampian in the same period for clinical reasons, such as an ill patient, or the patient not being prepared for the procedure properly... Readmore
NHS England has been forced to send patients who are seriously ill with eating disorders to Scotland owing to drastic bed shortages.
This latest revelation is just the latest indication of the extent of bed-blocking in England.
Vulnerable patients, mainly teenagers and young adults, are being transported for residential care in Glasgow and near Edinburgh; sometimes travelling hundreds of miles.
Mental health experts believe that this worrying trend could increase their sense of isolation... Readmore
There has been a sharp rise in "trolley waits" official figures indicate.
This data refers to the length of time people wait for a hospital bed following an emergency.
473,453 patients waited more than four hours between October 2015 and September 2016, which represents a five-fold increase since the beginning of the decade.
More than 1,400 faced delays of more than 12 hours.
Siva Anandaciva of NHS Providers is extremely concerned about the consequences of this data.
“These figures... Readmore
The GP lead of NHS England has revealed that the organisation has made major plans for GP practices to benefit from its vulnerable practice support fund.
Indeed, 1000 surgeries across England will receive monies under this new plan, more than double the the support that had been offered previously.
Dr Arvind Madan confirmed the £16 million commitment from its 'Practice Resilience Programme' announced in the GP Forward View in April.
Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum conference on the future... Readmore
The first formal consultation has begun on major service changes proposals put forward in a sustainability and transformation plan.
Dorset began a three month public consultation yesterday on changes which formed a major part of its STP, and were developed by an earlier clinical services review.
Following a long process, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group received approval from NHS England to begin its consultation late last month.
A small number of other areas of the country, including... Readmore
The English ambulance service has pledged its commitment to NHS England's Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES).
This forms part of what bosses have described as a renewed effort to address racial inequality.
The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), which represents all ten English NHS ambulance trusts, partners and associate members from devolved nations, has committed ambulance services in the country to this important social principle.
Each trust will now focus on four... Readmore
Bed blocking numbers have risen for the sixth month in succession, according to official figures.
This worrying statistics will intensify pressure on the government to invest more heavily in social care.
Both NHS leaders and the Care Quality Commission have previously been outspoken on the severity of the situation in social care.
And the chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been urged to increase funding in the autumn statement, which will be delivered on 23rd November.
Richard Murray, the director... Readmore
A prominent MP suggests that NHS England must intervene over the refusal of Medical Defence Organisations (MDOs) to offer indemnity to practice nurses working in hubs at weekends at GP Access Fund seven-day pilots.
Dr Patrick Geraghty, who was involved in a pilot in Leeds West, has indicated his approach to several medical organisations regarding indemnity for practice nurses was completely futile.
None of these organisations were willing to cooperate with such enquiries.
Consequently, Leeds... Readmore
NHS England has conceded that there has not been enough effort made to ensure that struggling GP practices are able to avoid closure.
This stark admission came straight from the lead on primary care at NHS England.
An investigation conducted into the vulnerable practices fund suggested that insufficient funding had been injected, despite monies being available.
Dr Arvind Madan, director of primary care at NHS England, told the RCGP annual conference that saving vulnerable practices should... Readmore
The chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners believes that the new government policy of tying trained doctors to the NHS for a four-year period is fundamentally flawed.
Indeed, Dr Murray Baker believes that it is ultimately unenforceable, and will fall apart under a legal challenge.
Not only is the policy ill-founded, but Baker also suggests that obliging graduates to remain part of the National Health Service for four years could even convince students against studying medicine.