Deterioration shown in today’s NHS performance report is ‘a tragedy’, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to NHS Improvement’s ‘Quarterly report on the performance of the NHS provider sector’, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation which represents health service organisations across England, said: “This is a tragedy – the NHS had made huge strides to treat and care for patients promptly but the latest figures show a further deterioration – and behind those figures lie real suffering for...

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Failure to integrate physical and mental healthcare in hospitals

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The failure by general hospitals to integrate physical and mental healthcare services is leading to poor care for patients with a physical illness who also happen to have a mental health condition, the latest report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) reveals.  The study is the result of an in-depth review into 552 cases (all patients had a physical illness and a mental health condition) where the...

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A&E crisis caused by lack of funding says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in NHS | 1 comment

Responding to today’s NHS performance figures from NHS England and numerous recent reports about winter pressure on the health and care system and an A&E crisis, Stephen Dalton, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “Pressure on A&E departments is being caused by a lack of funding in primary, community, mental health and social care. “Health and care staff on the front line are working harder than ever this winter and are...

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Medical tourism, EU GDPR and the Wirral – News from Nowhere

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Medical tourism? Proton Partners International Ltd has received formal planning permission to build a new private-sector cancer treatment centre in Reading, Berkshire. Proton Partners will invest £30 million in its cancer centre in the Thames Valley Science Park and will offer proton beam therapy among other conventional cancer therapies. The Reading centre will be the third to be built in the UK by Proton Partners and will help to meet growing...

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A tale of three disputes: junior doctors against the government 2015-2016

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

In November 2015 junior doctors in the National Health Service in England voted to take strike action if the government did not change its mind about a new contract, which had been debated for the previous two years. Just over 37,000 junior doctor members of the British Medical Association (from a workforce of around 55,000) were balloted, 76% responded and 98% of responders voted to strike, an expression of militancy on an unprecedented scale...

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