NHS Errors Mean GPs Miss Out on Important Correspondence

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated that errors made by NHS Shared Business Services in redirecting and forwarding correspondence has resulted in some doctors missing out on certain forms of correspondence dating back as many as five years. Errors were revealed in a statement released by Jeremy Hunt to Parliament. The NHS has already indicated its intention to write to affected doctors in the three vulnerable regions of North East London, the East Midlands and South West of England. Shared... Readmore

Vulnerable Children Being Refused Treatment Investigation Finds

Evidence suggests that vulnerable children are being refused critical mental health treatment, despite the recommendations of their GPs. Figures acquired from mental health trusts indicate that around 60% of GP referrals to child and adolescent mental health services ultimately resulted in no further treatment. One-third of such referrals are in fact never even assessed. Evidence also suggests that the situation for young people with mental health issues is deteriorating, with the number of referrals... Readmore

Fifty Commit Suicide in Scottish Hospitals Research Reveals

Fifty people have taken their own lives in Scottish hospitals over the past four years, a new investigation indicates. The deaths occurred despite repeated warnings over health and safety measures; including steps taken at Glasgow's new £842 million flagship hospital. The hospital refused to implement its board's recommendations on risks to patients who wanted to take their own life. A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde defended the organisation, and stated that appropriate measures... Readmore

NHS England may Have Underspent by £163 Million on Primary Care

Accountancy experts have wanted that NHS England may have underspent £163 million on primary care last year. This sum of money has now been likely lost to the health service, accountants have warned. An official finance report from NHS England demonstrates that the budgeted spend on “primary care and secondary dental” was £10.395 billion in 2015/16, but only £10.232 billion was actually spent. This resulted in an underspend of £162.7m; effectively over 1.5% of the total budget. It... Readmore

Care Home Placed in Special Measures for Second Time in 18 Months

A care home has been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission for the second time in just 18 months, as news emerged that it has appointed six managers in just one year. Fresh Fields Nursing Home in Wythenshawe, Manchester has been rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission following an unannounced inspection in April. And members of staff working in the home have indicated that they are disgusted at the way that the facility is being run. Jessica Taylor, a former manager... Readmore

Innovative Schemes to Integrate Primary and Secondary Care

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has stated that doctors across the UK are taking the lead and using their initiative in order to support innovative schemes intended to integrate primary and secondary care. Yet the Royal College also believes that GPs are receiving insufficient support and funding from local commissioners, which is having the overall effect of dampening down such efforts. The RCGP's “The Future of GP Collaborative Working” report praised GPs for working alongside... Readmore

Debate Festering Over Worst Ever NHS Waiting Time Performance

NHS Providers have defended the work of acute trusts following yesterday’s news that March saw the worst-ever waiting times in A&E departments. In a statement, chief executive Chris Hopson said it was “not surprising that large increases in demand lead to missed performance targets with the NHS being run at capacity levels that no other advanced health system would even contemplate”. This is a damning indication of the current situation in the NHS, and underlines the feelings that many... Readmore

Statin and Blood Pressure Medication Slash Heart Attack Risk

Clinical trials suggest that patients suffering from high blood pressure and moderate to high risk of heart disease could reduce their long-term risk of heart attacks by around 50% by consuming blood pressure medication and statin cholesterol drugs. The newly conducted study could lead to significant change in medical practice. Results from the trial, named HOPE-3, could encourage far more doctors to add a statin to blood pressure therapy for such patients who have no prior history of heart attack... Readmore

NHS-Funded Course Investigates Mindfulness Solutions to Depression

A new course in Launceston aims to teach skills in 'mindfulness' in an attempt to ensure that NHS workers are able to cope with anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is a modern movement, appropriated from ancient Buddhist roots, and clinically innovated by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The practice of mindfulness involves being aware moment-to-moment, of one’s subjective conscious experience from a first-person perspective. Life Balance from Outlook South West is a six-week course, which attempts to teach... Readmore

Terminally Ill Patients Urged to Write ‘End-of-Life’ Plan

An NHS trust has encouraged terminally ill patients to construct their own 'end-of-life plans'. This will involve instructing doctors, nurses and family about their wishes for their final months, days and hours. The scheme has been developed by father of four Max Neill, 49, a former community nurse who is suffering from incurable bowel cancer. And after it was recognised as being a promising concept, support was also offered by Dying Matters; part of the National Council for Palliative Care, and Hospice... Readmore

Bed Blocking Costing the NHS Nearly £1 billion Every Year

A new report on the NHS suggests that the process of bed blocking costs the health service in the region of £1 million annually. It was already known ahead of the research that bed blocking is a major problem, but the extent of the issue was perhaps not fully understood. Figures indicate that the NHS is caring for in the region of 8,5000 people on a daily basis, who would be otherwise fit enough to leave if community care was available. In the Government-commissioned report, Lord Carter... Readmore

Glasgow Hospitals Labour Badly Against Accident and Emergency Targets

The two main hospitals in Glasgow have both missed accident and emergency waiting time targets by a significant distance in January thus far. In fact, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital notched its worst ever figures. For the week commencing 4th January, only 75.9% of patients were treated within the four hours; a rather poor figure. This pattern was repeated at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, with 76.3% of patients being treated within the four hour target time. Both of these numbers compare... Readmore
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