New survey reveals 42% of Type 2 diabetics are “not confident managing their condition”

 A new survey from Diabetes UK has revealed that 42 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes do not feel confident in managing their condition. The survey of 2,722 people who attended a Diabetes UK’s Living with Diabetes Days, which is being published during Diabetes Week (14-20 June), suggests that many hundreds of thousands of people with Type 2 diabetes do not have the knowledge and information they need to manage their condition and so reduce their risk of devastating health complications. “It... Readmore

IT will transform NHS services say healthcare leaders

Health and social care leaders are to announce detailed plans that will improve services for patients by “making better use of technology” that will increase transparency across more services and ultimately save money. The plans, which have been designed to build on the successes of the last 12 months which have seen 97 percent of GP practices offering patients the chance to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view a summary of their GP records online, commit to giving patients... Readmore

GP crisis could “destroy” the NHS hears BMA conference

A warning that the general practice (GP) funding and recruitment crisis could “destroy” has been issued by a leading member of the British Medical Association (BMA). Speaking at the annual two-day Local Medical Committees (LMCs) conference which is taking place from 21 to 22 May at the Institute of Education in London, BMA GPs committee chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that patient demand, declining recruitment and lack of investment in general practice could lead to the collapse of the wider... Readmore

Stevens sets out his NHS vision for the next five years

In a far-reaching speech made today in the West Midlands, NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens set out his vision for the NHS. Mr Stevens said: “Last Autumn the Health Service came together to chart a shared direction for our country’s NHS. Patients groups, caring professionals, national leaders - uniting behind the NHS’ own ‘manifesto’ for the next five years. It’s a plan for better health, more personalised care, and a financially sustainable Health Service. An NHS which at all times... Readmore

Prime Minister’s speech on seven-day working welcomed by healthcare leaders

Today’s speech by Prime Minister David Cameron which included commitments to extra NHS funding, seven-day services and an increase in the number of GPs has been welcomed by healthcare leaders. Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The Prime Minister’s backing for the Five Year Forward View and his personal commitment to the NHS are very welcome. He clearly recognises the shared leadership and tough decisions that are needed if we are to transform care over the next... Readmore

‘Slash red tape’ say GPs in new BMA survey

GPs are calling for cuts in red tape to free up more time for patient care according to a BMA survey published today. The survey found that more than half of GPs – those with unmanageable workloads in particular - want a reduction in the size of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF). The survey also found that: (i) just under three-quarters (73 percent) of GPs support the continuation of a national GMS (general medical services) contract; (ii) 47 percent support having the option of a local... Readmore

London Bridge Hospital launches new Specialised Sleep Centre website

London Bridge Hospital, one of the largest private hospitals in the UK, has today (20 April) launched the website for The Sleep Centre at London Bridge Hospital. The website has been designed as a one-stop shop for sleep disorders, providing rapid assessment, intervention and treatment for numerous common and complex conditions. The website will complement the work of the Centre by providing up-to-date information regarding the different types of sleep disorders, tips for better sleep and the special... Readmore

GP prescribing costs rise in England and Wales

An analysis of general practice prescriptions from England and Wales has found that the total cost to the NHS rose from £8.91bn in 2013 to £9.16bn in 2014. This 2.9% increase, which far exceeded the 2014 inflation of 0.5%, is set out in a new report: ‘General Practice Prescribing Trends in England & Wales, 2014 Annual Review.’ The report also highlights that here were large regional variations in the cost of prescription per registered patient. The highest cost per registered patient... Readmore

RCN produces new diabetic care guidance

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced new guidance to assist nurses caring for people with diabetes. The RCN’s guidance concerns the issues surrounding the use of pre-loading insulin syringes. "A small but significant number of people need to use pre-loaded syringes to help manage their diabetes”, explains Libby Dowling, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK. “In these cases, it is vital that care is delivered safely and nurses are aware of the legal position surrounding this practice.... Readmore

Heavy workload having “negative impact” on patient care say GPs

More than 15,500 UK GPs believe their heavy workload is having a “negative impact” on the quality of patient care according to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey published today. “This poll highlights that GPs’ ability to care for patients is being seriously undermined by escalating workload, inadequate resourcing and unnecessary paperwork”, said BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul. “Many GPs do not feel they have enough time to spend with their patients and that these... Readmore

WHO study highlights new medicines affordability issues in Europe

Increasing numbers of new medicines in Europe are causing affordability issues for governments according to a new study released today by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The WHO study demonstrates the extent of the problem by highlighting the fact that few countries in the WHO European Region have structures in place to evaluate the cost–effectiveness of new drugs, which in turn impacts the value assessment and decision-making process. The report, ‘Access to new medicines in Europe:... Readmore

NHS Confederation launches commission on urgent care for older people

An independent commission tasked with driving improvements in urgent and emergency care for older people has been launched by the NHS Confederation. The Commission, a joint initiative of the Confederation’s three forums, the Community Health Services Forum, the Hospitals Forum and the Urgent and Emergency Care Forum, aims to find workable and patient-centred solutions to address the challenges of caring for this group. Chaired by former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust chief executive,... Readmore
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