Stringent Home Office rules puts patient safety at risk by denying nurses entry into the UK

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in News, NHS | 0 comments

Around 1000 nurses from outside of the European Union have been rejected to date by the Home Office with a further 1000 nurses expected to apply to work in the UK in the next 6 months. NHS Employers warns that immigration rules are compromising patient safety, cost controls and leaving a shortage of nurses and doctors at a crucial time. If NHS Trusts are not able to recruit overseas nurses there is a risk that clinical services will be...

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Managing conflicts of interest in NHS clinical commissioning groups

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Features, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The National Audit Office has published the findings from its investigation into managing conflicts of interest in NHS clinical commissioning groups. All GP practices are members of their local CCG. Within each CCG, some GPs are members of their CCG’s board – its governing body. Under these arrangements there is potential for some GPs and their colleagues to make commissioning decisions about services they provide, or in which they...

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BMA responds to BMJ analysis of weekend admissions – Patients should have access to same quality of care seven-days a week, says BMA

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Responding to analysis published in the BMJ on weekend admissions which found that fewer but sicker patients are admitted at weekends, and calls for more research into how services can be improved, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said: “Doctors want the care we provide for sick patients to be of the same high standard, seven days a week.​​ Urgent action on this has been undermined by calls for the entire NHS to be delivered on a...

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Hacked 3D kitchen design software could save NHS tens of millions in unused home disability aids

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Switching from “one size fits all” to a personalised approach based on free open source kitchen  design software could dramatically slash the annual cost of adapting the homes of elderly patients on their discharge from hospital. Research from occupational therapy and computer science academics from Brunel University London shows that more than half of the costly equipment from shower chairs to grab rails installed in their homes for such...

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News from nowhere – NHS patient complaints

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Features, News, NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

The Health & Social Care Information Centre’s recent report on Written Complaints in the NHS – 2014-15 makes interesting reading apart from the repeated disclaimer: ” We are unable to provide comparisons with previous years”. In response to the report the NHS Federation (representing senior managers) said: “A higher number of patient complaints may be received by Trusts as we see an even greater open dialogue between the...

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