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

Cervical Screening Plummets to 19-Year Low

A major cancer charity has warned that the level of attendance for cervical screening has plummeted to the lowest level in 19 years. The Cervical Cancer Trust found that there are a massive differences in efforts made by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to increase the uptake of the screening, and this is resulting in unequal performance across the NHS system. Nearly 50% of local authorities in England have failed to carry out any activities to increase cervical screening... Readmore

Documents Reveal £1.2 Billion NHS Investment in Primary Care

The authorities intend to invest over £1 billion in primary care in the near future, analysis of official documents has revealed. Sustainability and transformation plans reveal investment to support the GP Forward View, which total approximately £1.2 billion. Hampshire,  Isle of Wight, Sussex and East Surrey will receive the largest portion of cash. In exchange, trust in these regions will be required to deliver the seven-day NHS vision, introduced by former Prime Minister David Cameron. The... Readmore

One in 14 People in England Currently Waiting for Non-Urgent Operation

Blockages in the NHS system are so severe that one in 14 people in England are currently waiting to receive a non-urgent operation. Hospital waiting lists reached 3,754,961 in October; the highest level recorded since December 2007. Prof John Appleby, the chief economist and director of research at the Nuffield Trust thinktank, suggested that the figures are indicative of a failing NHS system. “These figures reveal just how tough things are for the NHS as winter approaches. With one in 14 people... Readmore

130,000 Patients Missing out on Critical Cancer Care Annually

Over 130,000 patients a year are being denied vital cancer care, due to struggling NHS systems. The growing number of patients suffering from cancer is creating a deficit in treatment. A total of 132,138 patients in England last year did not see a cancer specialist within the required 14 days, begin surgery or radiotherapy within the supposed maximum 31 after diagnosis, or 62 days after initial consultation and tests, according to figures released by Cancer Research UK. Commenting on the issue,... Readmore

Suffolk Primary Care ‘Mega-Partnership’ to be Toned Down

A so called mega-partnership planned for the Suffolk region has been significantly reduced in size following logistical concerns. The Suffolk GP Federation undicated that its intention to create a 540,000-patient GP partnership will need to be scaled down massively. Instead, the federation will form a single partnership with approximately 113,000 patients, which is considered to be much more viable for the organisation. Known as Suffolk Primary Care, the partnership will still become one of the largest... Readmore

NHS Data Points to Maternity Problems

NHS data indicates significant problems with maternity care, with figures suggesting that 75% of local NHS groups are failing to deliver adequate services. Of the 209 clinical commissioning groups rated, 144 required improvement, and in 11 regions there was particularly serious need for progress. According to NHS England data, only West Kent was considered to be top performing. The figures will once again open the debate over whether or not the targets being set for NHS departments are fair. Some... Readmore

Estates and Technology Transformation Fund for Primary Care to be Slashed

Concerns have been raised regarding the reduction of the £900 million earmarked for the estates and technology transformation fund for primary care. Commissioners have suggested that this may be slashed by nearly £300 million, amid financial chaos in the NHS. West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has reportedly indicated during meeting that the budget will indeed by reduced by this drastic amount. And surces close to the fund suggest that the money cut from funding will instead be utilised... Readmore

“Tsunami” of Mental Health Problems Coming According to Expert

One of the leading British experts on mental health believes that the UK is heading for a tsunami of adult mental health difficulties. Prof Dame Sue Bailey, chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, believes that urgent action must be taken to assist children in contemporary society if a crisis is to be avoided. Central to this process must be extensive spending from the government on mental health services, according to Bailey. “I describe mental health services... Readmore

NHS Apologises After Boy Suffers Wrongful Amputation

An NHS trust in East Anglia has been forced to apologise for dreadful mistakes that were made in a misdiagnosis that resulted in an avoidable amputation from a three year-old boy. Lou Harvey-Smith took son Reuben to Ipswich Hospital in July 2015 after his son had received burns, and, sadly, needlessly had his legs and seven fingers amputated. Harvey-Smith had been readmitted to hospital with a fever, which time he was told he had tonsillitis, later been diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome at which... Readmore

Health Education England Warns on GP Recruitment

Official documents indicate that the NHS faces major difficulties with recruiting a satisfactory number of doctors. Indeed, board papers state that the possible failure to recruit enough GP trainees in the coming year could be the greatest problem that Health Education England has to tackle. There is apparent scepticism that it will be possible for the organisation to meet government workforce targets in the existing climate. Health Education England has set the mandated target of attracting half... Readmore
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