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20 hours ago
Data showing 33,000 nurses left in 2016-17 triggers warning of ‘dangerous and downward spiral’One in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS in England each year, according to official figures, raising fresh concerns about staffing shortages in hospitals.Data published by NHS Digital on Wednesday shows th[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Commons public accounts committee has warned against advice to cut spending to NHS’s Continuing HealthcareCalls for cuts to the cost of care for some ill and disabled patients could put safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS’s Continu[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 day ago
Suicide prevention expert Alys Cole-King wants distressed NHS colleagues to seek support themselves during the winter crisisReports by overstretched NHS staff of the pressures of the winter crisis moved Dr Alys Cole-King to fire off a series of tweets last week:“You matter as much as your patients[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 days ago
King’s Fund says physical health services are still getting bigger budgets, five years after ministers promised ‘parity of esteem’Mental health care providers continue to receive far smaller budget increases than hospitals, five years after ministers pledged to create “parity of esteem” be[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
2 days ago
Readers air their views on the crisis in the health service, as medical students are urged to volunteer to plug gapsHardware in the NHS has been allowed to decline dangerously, but equally damning and dangerous is the demoralisation of doctors in particular, a process that began 20 years ago with a [...]
Charities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Dave Triffit, who has worked in the NHS for decades, recently had his operation postponed at the last minute, one of many cancelled to stave off a winter crisisI am a GP partner in Oxford. I have worked in the NHS in Oxford for 20 years, barring two years in a post in rural Canada. In July 2017, we [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Exclusive: Emails seen by the Guardian reveal inexperienced undergraduates are being asked to help in A&E units and wardsMedical students are being urged to help relieve the NHS winter crisis because hospitals are so short-staffed they are struggling to cope with the surge in patients, the Guard[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Ambulances queuing up outside A&E, operations cancelled for lack of beds… Could this winter prove the last straw for our struggling National Health Service? Those on the frontline speak out…An 81-year-old woman with chest pains dies while waiting three hours and 45 minutes for an ambulance. [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
4 days ago
Departures could exacerbate vacancy rates in already understaffed serviceIncreasing numbers of European Union-trained ambulance staff are quitting the NHS, raising fears of a Brexit drain from the 999 service just as concern over slow response times grows.There are fears the departures could exacerb[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Husband of a patient and locum doctor share moving experiences of severe pressures on national health serviceSenior doctors have taken the unprecedented move of writing to Theresa May, warning that winter pressure mean some patients are dying prematurely. The Guardian asked for your experiences of h[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Former business minister Nick Boles proposes national insurance overhaul to create revenue stream for health serviceTheresa May is facing growing calls from Conservative MPs to consider higher taxes to fund the struggling NHS, with Nick Boles suggesting an overhaul of national insurance.Boles, a for[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Senior doctors have taken the unprecedented move of writing to Theresa May, warning that winter pressure mean some patients are dying prematurely. We want to hear about the situation where you arePatients are dying in hospital corridors this winter, senior doctors have warned in a written letter to [...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Doctors running 68 A&E departments tell PM patients are dying prematurely because staff are too busy to treat themShare your experience of what is happening at your hospitalPatients are dying in hospital corridors this winter because the NHS is so “chronically underfunded” and dangerously sh[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
NHS hospitals were forced to add over 5,000 extra beds in one day this winter — that affects the care patients receiveBy Josh HolderThe winter crisis reached a new peak last week as NHS trusts had to provide 5,075 extra beds on 2 January to cope with demand, the equivalent of nine average hospital[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Austerity must end, health and social care secretary is told in letter, as staff face ‘watershed moment’ of winter crisis
The winter crisis in the NHS is a “watershed moment” that shows the service can no longer meet its constitutional standards of care without tens of billions of extra [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Volunteers are not a source of cheap labour to patch up underfunded and under-supported public servicesWith another winter crisis in the NHS fully upon us, many in the voluntary sector are once again waiting for the call to provide resources to help our hospitals. A year ago, that call was answered[...]
CharitiesHealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
With the health service under pressure, we speak to staff about the emotional impact of working under such conditionsThis winter crisis has hit the NHS, with hospitals having to cancel appointments and extend a ban on non-urgent surgery until the end of the month.The pressure, caused by flu, bad wea[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Austerity must end, health and social care secretary is told in letter, as staff face ‘watershed moment’ of winter crisis
The chaos seen during the NHS’s winter crisis is “a watershed moment” that must prompt the government to rethink how it treats the health service and give it tens o[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Robert Colvile of the Centre for Policy Studies denies plans to ‘demolish’ the NHS; Mita Dhullipala and Harrison Carter express the hopes and frustrations of medical studentsPolly Toynbee (Opinion, 9 January) refers to a “sinister phalanx of Tory lobbies” pressing for “a royal commission o[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Leaked memo says nursing shortage means patients could have to wait longer for chemotherapy, or be given less treatment
Is your hospital considering cuts to cancer care?An NHS cancer hospital may have to make patients wait to undergo chemotherapy, or reduce the amount of treatment that dying pati[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
A leading hospital in Oxford is delaying chemotherapy for cancer patients due to staff shortages. We want to hear from those affected and other NHS staff about whether other trusts are considering the sameIt emerged on Wednesday morning that a leading NHS hospital is delaying chemotherapy for cancer[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Long waits for ambulances, a lack of hospital beds, cancelled operations ... these are the results of a government sucking the lifeblood from our health serviceStark headlines of the NHS buckling under unprecedented levels of pressure at the start of 2018 make for grim reading, but the reality [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Tameside hospital has stopped selling sugary snacks and fizzy drinks in its restaurant, has removed added sugar from meals and provides low-carb optionsA hospital in Manchester has become the first in Britain to ban sugar from its restaurant in an attempt to tackle growing concerns about obesity amo[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Four out of five homes on NHS land sold by government too expensive for nursing staff and only one in 10 offered at social rentFour out of five homes built on former NHS sites that have been sold off to private developers will cost more than nurses can afford, according to new research.Fifty-nine NH[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Dr Graham Winyard questions the justification for ACOs, Sir Nick Black defends reform, Douglas Higgs calls for a debate about what is affordable and Paul Lewis says there should be a royal commissionAs one of Sir Bruce Keogh’s predecessors, I have every sympathy with his desire to defend governmen[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
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