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A&E waiting times- rise in waiting more than 12 hours

More patients had to wait over 12 hours for treatment at seven of Northern Ireland’s A&E departments in January. Department of Health figures show that 380 people waited more than 12 hours, compared to 92 in the previous month. In January, 54,910 people went to emergency departments compared to 56,656 in December. The Ulster Hospital […]

NHS plans for earlier cancer diagnosis to save lives

Patients are to be given the option to refer themselves for cancer tests, as part of an NHS England bid to diagnose an extra 10% of people early. The NHS said it would start testing new ways of speeding up diagnosis, including offering patients the option to book appointments directly with a hospital or testing […]

NHS hospitals are gridlocked

Hospitals like the Cheltenham General Hospital are being closed to new patients and routine operations- but why? Primarily hospitals are all about flow- as new patients arrive, others must move on through the system and, eventually, leave. But what has happened in the past month is that the system has stalled. Last year more than […]

Big variations in NHS surgery due to postcode lottery rationing

The number of patients undergoing common NHS surgical procedures varies widely across England because of postcode lottery funding restrictions.Local NHS rationing of hernia repair, hip and knee replacements, cataracts and varicose vein surgeries has led to a “postcode lottery”, say researchers. Writing in the Lancet, they warned such policies could be “storing up problems for […]

Postcode dementia care is disgraceful according to the Alzheimer Society

There is a “disgraceful” variation in the number of proportion with dementia being diagnosed across the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. About 800,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia, but most have not been diagnosed. Estimates by the charity suggest only 32% were diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire compared […]

Diabetes care depressingly poor warn MPs

The standard of care for diabetes in England is “depressingly poor”, causing unnecessary deaths and disabilities- a parliamentary committee warns.The Public Accounts Committee came to the conclusion after looking at how well the NHS was doing at helping patients manage their condition. Previous reports have criticised the lack of checks being carried out, such as […]

A million dementia friends to be taught how to diagnose and improve care

One million people are to be taught how to spot the early signs of dementia as part of a drive to spread knowledge about the illness and improve the care of sufferers.David Cameron will also announce today that the Government will trial new medical technology that could potentially reduce the time it takes the NHS […]

Sexual healthcare at risk from NHS changes

In April 2013 many health services are being put out to private tender – and will be overseen by amongst others the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).But CCGs will not commission sexual health or public health services such as obesity and smoking prevention. This function will fall to local councils, and elected officials. The directors […]

Diabetes UK warns of health calamity

The Diabetes UK charity calls for government intervention after fears that another 700,000 Britons will be diagnosed with the disease by 2020.The rise will put severe strain on the NHS, which currently spends 10% of its budget treating the consequences of the condition, according to Diabetes UK. The charity’s estimate of 700,000 extra cases in […]

NHS hospital patients facing severe cutbacks if elderly care crisis not solved

NHS patients will see “severe” reductions in their care in the next few years if the Government does not close an estimated £2 billion shortfall in funding for care for the elderly, hospital chiefs are warning.The current system of care is in danger of becoming “unsustainable” if more money is not made available, they say. […]