Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

FORTY PER CENT of people say that having to talk through their symptoms with doctors’ receptionists could put them off going to their GP, according to an analysis of the Cancer Awareness Measure (CAM)* published today (Tuesday) in the Journal of Public Health. In a survey of almost 2,000 people** in Great Britain, the most commonly perceived barriers to seeing a GP were finding it difficult to get an appointment with a particular doctor (42 per...

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Macmillan Cancer Support responds to Carers UK’s report Pressure Points

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to Carers UK’s report Pressure Points, Charlotte Argyle, Carers Support Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says: “This report highlights the urgent need to support carers in the community and ensure they are included and consulted at every stage and through every process of their loved one’s care. Our new research shows that a quarter (25%) of cancer carers say they were not involved when planning how and when the person...

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The BMA – Ignominious defeat?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

The BMA has called off the junior doctors strikes planned for October, November and December. Whilst asserting that it is still in dispute with the government, the BMAs campaign has collapsed. As we brood on this we should remember the words of Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, a member of the BMA’s junior doctors committee (JDC), as quoted by the Daily Telegraph on August 12th. “It’s time to dust off our picket armbands. An escalated fight is on....

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Research priorities need to be set in order to improve social work with adults

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in NHS | 0 comments

The adult social work sector in England needs to urgently identify its key research priorities, in an inclusive and rigorous way, if it is to generate the ideas and evidence needed to ensure that people receive the best possible support, according to researchers at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. In a discussion paper on the state of social work research with adults in England, the researchers stress that the profession needs to be...

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The Machine Stops – Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The crash of the electronic pathology report system at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust that happened on Friday 16th September forced the Trust to declare a “critical” internal incident – the second highest level below “potential service failure” – because the crash came at the same time as extremely high levels of activity at Leeds and Bradford Hospitals. The pathology report system remained offline for a week despite efforts to recover it,...

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