Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Cutting corners, spoiling lives? Child and adolescent health services have been having a very hard time over the last few years, with referrals exceeding staff capacity, a shortage of in-patient beds and transfer of young people with severe mental illnesses or behaviour problems to distant units for care. The commercial sector has been involved in children’s mental health service provision, just as in learning disability and adult psychiatry,...

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 Patients report mixed experience of Emergency Departments, as attendances soar.

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

Today (17 October 2017) the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published the results of the Emergency Department Survey 2016; a nation-wide survey of more than 40,000 people who attended emergency and urgent care departments, which sought to understand their experiences. The results suggest that most patients have a positive experience when it comes to interactions with NHS doctors and nurses, despite a marked increase in the numbers attending NHS...

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Now for some real politics

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Now the Labour Party’s objectives for the NHS are clearer, the real politics begins. If May’s government collapses, as looks increasingly possible, Labour will need to project its tactical policies for the NHS forcefully, both to rise above the din of Brexit and to see off Tory claims to be the party of the NHS. As always, the devil will be in the detail. The plausibility of how it plans to cope with the winter bed crisis will matter – what...

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The Labour Party’s NHS policy

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Labour promised much for the NHS at its’ recent Conference. Here are some reactions. The NHS faces one of the toughest winters in its history. Last year hospitals were already stretched far beyond their capacity, with more than four thousand extra beds having to be opened. Financially, trusts face a £6bn hole in their budgets this year. Add a bad outbreak of flu into the picture, and the outlook is truly grim.  A one-off financial bung (Labour...

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Winter crisis is now “an all year crisis”, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to the call for a £500m winter bail-out for the NHS, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the entire health and care system, said: “In many ways the winter crisis is actually now an all year round crisis with hospitals and Emergency Departments struggling to meet demand and with bed occupancy at unsustainable and unsafe levels. Although additional money is always welcome, in...

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