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Archive for June, 2009

Labour admits it cannot increase NHS funding

Labour has admitted that it cannot commit to increased funding for the National Health Service after 2011, in a move the Tories claim is an embarrassing reversal of their policy. It comes as ministers also revealed that Labour will have to raise taxes and cut capital spending on major projects if it wins the next […]

NHS waiting times have risen by a third in a month

Waiting times in the NHS have risen by almost a third due to bad weather earlier this year, it has emerged. Figures show that the number of patients waiting more than eight weeks for an outpatient appointment increased by 31.5 per cent between March and April this year. There were 43,400 people waiting more than […]

Reverse e-auctions an invitation to cut standards

One company boss who took part in the London Procurement Programme’s reverse e-auctions in May called them depressing. The chief executive, who wished to remain anonymous, said he thought that the company had completed the procurement process after submitting a 206 point questionnaire, with 9 attachments, followed by a 122 question tendering document with 18 […]

IVF baby given to wrong woman was an accident waiting to happen

A solicitor representing an IVF couple whose last embryo was wrongly implanted into another patient has described the clinic mix up as an “accident waiting to happen”. The couple have spoken of how their lives were “shattered” when the University Hospital of Wales’ IVF clinic in Cardiff discovered the error. They were further distressed when […]

Patients with suspected cancer forced to wait so NHS targets can be hit

Patients rushed to hospital with suspected cancer are having their treatment delayed so that managers can meet labour Government targets, an NHS investigation has found. People arriving at Accident and Emergency departments with symptoms which could indicate the aggressive spread of the disease are waiting weeks for diagnosis and treatment while “routine” cases are prioritised. […]

Timebomb of Britons unaware they have HIV

Senior doctors accuse the Department of Health of failing to take HIV virus seriously and neglecting to test high risk groups. More than 20,000 people with HIV are unaware they are carrying the virus and are infecting thousands of others, setting a devastating health “timebomb”, medical experts have warned. Senior doctors have accused the Department […]

Health Secretary Andy Burnham promises NHS targets massacre

The target culture that has driven NHS reforms over the past dozen years will be dismantled in a “deep clean” that removes alienating bureaucracy, the Health Secretary pronounced. Giving his first speech since taking office, Andy Burnham said that while the challenges faced by the NHS were substantial, the opportunities to streamline reforms and focus […]

Catastrophic shortage of psychiatrists in NHS

There is a “catastrophic” shortage of psychiatrists in the NHS, leading to a reliance on foreign staff who may have difficulties with communication and the UK culture, a senior doctor said. Prof Robert Howard, dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), said the number of UK doctors was far too few to fill hundreds […]

Ditch management consultants from the NHS

Management consultants should be ditched as the NHS is entering a ‘dark and dangerous’ period, leading doctor warns conference.Public money must not be diverted away from patient care ‘into the pockets of shareholders’ at a time when the NHS may see real cuts in budgets, Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the consultants committee of the […]

Elderly suffer after reverse e-auctions for home care

Labour NHS IT reverse auctions reduce dignity and care for elderly Andrew Wilson, 78, was one of the elderly people who received poor treatment after a reverse e-auction. This was run by South Lanarkshire for the provision of home care. Domiciliary Care, a big provider in Scotland, won the contract after companies had driven down […]