NHS Confederation: Winter stats prove hospitals suffering because of insufficient out-of-hospital care

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to NHS England’s winter situation report, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare system, said: “Preliminary figures are indicating that services are already under a huge amount of strain – and that’s without a flu outbreak and cold weather. A weather warning has already been issued for this weekend – so things are likely to get worse. “The Ambulance sector is...

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Seven in ten Brits now use Google to self-diagnose and treat minor health issues

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Three quarters of Brits have cured an ailment or illness after Googling the symptoms on the internet, a study found. Research revealed that seven in ten of us now self-diagnose and treat minor health issues rather than try and secure an appointment with their local GP. It also emerged the average adult now believes they can beat two thirds of all bugs, viruses and illnesses without professional medical attention. And that has lead to the...

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Better patient journey management is the cure for long hospital waiting times, says Qmatic

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Deployment of resources and appointment attendance can be improved through effective patient journey management The NHS is operating under unprecedented financial pressure, with funding barely keeping pace with demand, as demographic changes mean more and more people are utilising its services. However, a focus on the patient journey can play a crucial role in processing outpatients by minimising the effects of bottlenecks like reception desks...

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Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Liverpool activist Greg Dropkin has weighed the claims of the NHS’ RightCare initiative, and found them wanting.  (RightCare: wrong answers Journal of Public Health November 2017). RightCare is an NHS England programme that identifies opportunities for savings and quality improvements and describes itself as ‘a proven approach that delivers better patient outcomes’. Greg Dropkin’s challenges the modelling assumptions made by RightCare (which...

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NHS Confederation: New figures show public support for tax rises to fund NHS

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Taxpayers in England, Scotland and Wales back paying more tax to help fund the NHS, according to research. The survey, conducted by researchers YouGov, included two questions for 20,000 participants: ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of National Insurance from 12% to 13% and using the money raised to increase spending on the NHS?’ and ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of income tax from 20% to 21% and using the money...

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