Primary Care Experts Warn on Vital Investment Needs

Primary care experts have warned that investment in general practice should be considered absolutely requisite, considering the damage that has been done by years of underinvestment. In particular, executing the sustainability and transformation programme adequately is absolutely dependent on sufficient monies being proffered. Academics from Sheffield and Glasgow warned that general practice is “stretched to its limit”. Should the authorities fail to invest strongly in the NHS system,... Readmore

Game Changing Treatment to Assist Stroke Patients

NHS England has made the decision to invest millions of pounds in a new stroke treatment that will potentially save thousands of patients from lifelong disability. The healthcare Organisation has already hailed the new treatment as a game changer for the condition. Approximately 8,000 patients who suffer from strokes will benefit from a massive expansion in the number of hospitals offering mechanical thrombectomy. This is delivered to only a few hundred patients annually at present, despite... Readmore

Number of Patients Waiting Over 18 weeks for Surgery Set to Double

New analysis of official NHS figures indicate that the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for surgery could double over the next three years. NHS Partners Network has conducted the analysis, and concluded that over 800,000 patients annually may be forced to wait for more than 18 weeks by 2020. The organisation also suggested that the total number of people awaiting operations will reach almost five million by the end of the decade; an increase of nearly two million over the last... Readmore

Learning Disabilities Patients Missing Vital Health Checks

NHS data indicates that patients in England suffering from learning disabilities are frequently denied critical health checks. These can include cancer screening, blood pressure checks and mental health assessments. While 70% of women eligible for breast cancer screening received checks over the last 12 months, this declined to 50% for those with learning disabilities. But despite this discouraging news, NHS England noted that the number signing up for the annual health check had increased. The... Readmore

Hospitals Provided 4,500 Extra Beds Daily at Height of Winter Crisis

NHS bosses have revealed that hospitals provided around 4,500 extra bed every day during the height of this year's winter troubles. This process prevented a full-blown crisis according to a report published by NHS Providers. The number of beds delivered during this period is the equivalent of creating eight additional hospitals in order to cope with the unprecedented demand. During this period it was common for Accident and Emergency to experience major difficulties, while many patients... Readmore

British Medical Association Suggests ‘Breaking Point’ Becoming Health Service Norm

The British Medical Association has warned that services being stretched to breaking point is becoming the norm throughout the NHS. Over 15,000 beds have been removed from hospitals across the country since the turn of the decade, which is resulting in huge pressure bearing down on the healthcare system. This huge removal of provisions represents 10% of overall NHS bed numbers disappearing. The situation has prompted warnings about patient safety, with the BMA asserting that the decrease... Readmore

NHS England Predicts £50 Million Primary Care Underspend

New figures released by NHS England concede that the healthcare body will underspend by nearly £50 million on primary care. This revelation formed part of the final financial records released before the end of the fiscal year. £8.65 billion is set aside for general practice and other primary care services in the current NHS budget, but only £8.6 billion will be spent this year. A finance report from NHS England outlines the current situation. “Commissioning expenditure for the year... Readmore

NHS Scotland Cancelled 8,000 Operations due to Lack of Resources

New figures indicates that NHS Scotland was forced to cancel nearly 8,000 operations during the last twelve months. And the reasoning behind this figure will surprise few involved with the NHS, as a lack of resources has been blamed for the problem. Data published by NHS Scotland indicates that 7,740 planned operations were cancelled during the 2016 for non-clinical reasons. These include a lack of available beds and staff and dirty equipment. This was particularly problematical in January... Readmore

Twenty-Four Emergency Departments Face Possible Closure or Downgrading

Nearly 15% of Accident and Emergency departments in England could be closed or downgraded in the next four years. Analysis suggests that 24 emergency departments across the NHS system could be closed or downgraded based on existing NHS proposals. Sustainability and transformation plans are central to this process, but other factors have been taken into consideration as well. With 175 such departments contained within the NHS system, this means that no less than 15% of A&E departments... Readmore

Big Leap in Cancer Patients Crowdfunding

Research conducted by JustGiving suggests that many cancer patients are turning to crowdfunding in order to pay for critical treatment. The crowdfunding website found that 2,348 appeals were set up by cancer patients or relations in 2016; a seven-fold rise on the number for 2015. This could be seen as indicative of the rising awareness of crowdfunding, but it also underlines funding difficulties within the healthcare system. Over £4.5 million was raised by these appeals in 2016 compared... Readmore

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to Terminate £200 Million Contract

Nottingham University Hospitals has indicated its intention to end the working relationship between the trust and a private cleaning company. Carillion stands accused of managing areas of hospitals found to be “filthy”. In response to findings within this estate, Nottingham University Hospital states that it will return a £200 million facilities contract to NHS control. “After implementing several rigorous interventions in 2016, serious concerns remain about the cleanliness and other... Readmore

Intensive Care Units at Limit Due to Staff Shortages

The network of intensive care units is facing the threat of total breakdown according to senior doctors. Severe demand combined with staff shortages is overwhelming this critical aspect of the healthcare system, according to the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. The pressure bearing down on the system is such that those in potential life-or-death situations are increasingly at risk. It is currently common for life-saving operations to be delayed, and overall it seems evident to many experts... Readmore
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