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A&E- accident and emergency facing serious problems

Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are facing a “serious problem” a health minister has said, after NHS chiefs ordered urgent action to tackle growing pressures.Rising attendances have meant A&E units in England have started struggling to hit the four hour waiting time target. The problem has got so bad that NHS England has pledged extra […]

NHS satisfaction ratings stabilising after record fall

Public satisfaction ratings with the NHS appears to have stabilised following a record fall- according to the British Social Attitudes Survey.The poll of more than 1,100 people in England, Wales and Scotland last year found satisfaction with the way the NHS was run stood at 61%. This followed a record fall from 70%, in 2010, […]

Ambulance service boss warns bed shortages are harming patients

Steve Wheaton of West Midlands Ambulance Service has said nearly 2,000 ambulances had waited more than an hour in March.Patients in the West Midlands are suffering as hospital bed and staff shortages mean ambulances cannot unload patients, a senior ambulance boss says. He said the situation was the worst he had known in his 20 […]

NHS whistleblower Gary Walker faced bullying culture

Former NHS trust executive Gary Walker claimed he was put under pressure to meet non emergency targets.The former boss of a hospital which is being investigated over high death rates has told MPs there was a culture of “sheer bullying” in the NHS. Gary Walker, former United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust chief, said he was sacked […]

NHS 111 phone number raises safety concerns

Doctors are questioning the safety of a new non emergency NHS 111 phone number sparks concern.The 111 service, replacing NHS Direct, is being piloted in some areas ahead of a nationwide launch but has proved problematic, with some callers left on hold for hours. Dr Laurence Buckman, the British Medical Association’s GP committee chair, says […]

Leeds heart surgery campaigners win legal challenge

Campaigners trying to keep child heart surgery in Leeds have won a key legal challenge to keep the facility open.The High Court has ruled the consultation over changes to children’s heart surgery in England and Wales was flawed. Legal action was brought by campaigners trying to save operations at Leeds General Infirmary but the ruling […]

UK ranks badly in European health league table

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill health, research suggests.Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet. Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the UK needs to increase its […]

Three million people now diagnosed with Diabetes in UK

Three million people in the UK have now been diagnosed with diabetes, says charity Diabetes UK, which warns this new high could create a huge burden on the NHS.Most of these cases are Type 2 diabetes, caused by the UK’s ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people. Another 850,000 people are […]

NHS foreign doctors must speak English agree Ministers

Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has finally confirmed.Concerns were raised after a German doctor, Dr Daniel Ubani, gave a patient a fatal overdose on his first and only shift in the UK. He had earlier been rejected for work […]

Systematic failures by GPs lead to rise in children admitted to hospital as emergencies

A ‘systematic failure’ by GPs and hospitals has led to a 50 per cent rise in the number of under fives being admitted to wards as emergencies in the last decade.Young children are increasingly being admitted to hospital beds for short periods with conditions that could be treated at home, an Oxford University study has […]

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