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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Fiction and delusions in the NHS

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

As the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) roll in they tell us something important and deeply worrying about the culture of our NHS.  That so many senior figures allow their names to be associated with works of fiction tells us they accept the top down bullying that pollutes the health service.  They have no fear of any accountability other than to those who instructed them in writing their fiction and who enforced secrecy until...

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Cyber security risk management: just what the doctor ordered

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

The health sector is suffering from a cyber security open wound – it is fast becoming one of the most highly targeted sectors for cyberattacks and data breaches. Traditionally, the financial services industry was the main target for cyber attackers but many organisations have since bolstered their defences. With the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) handing out an increasing number of penalties and fines for data breaches in the health...

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