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Doctors’ strike may over-crowd hospitals

Hospitals may end be over crowded tonight as they fail to discharge patients because of the junior doctor strike. The NHS seemed to cope well on Wednesday following the walkout from 08:00 GMT over the contract dispute. But NHS England said the second day of the 48 hour walkout in England was always going to […]

Hospital staffing levels affect death rates

Fewer patients die after emergency surgery in hospitals that have more doctors and nurses. The research, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, analysed data involving nearly 295,000 patients. The findings stood despite patients at these hospitals being sicker and suffering more complications. Researchers also found death was more likely following a weekend admission, which […]

AnE visits for alcohol poisoning double in six years

Hospital visits for alcohol poisoning have doubled in six years- with the highest rate among females aged 15 to 19. With the holiday season on us emergency admissions due to the effects of alcohol, such as liver disease, have also risen by more than 50% in nine years to 250,000 a year in England. Rates […]

Overseas patients to be charged for emergency healthcare

Foreign patients could be charged for emergency treatment under new government plans for the NHS in England. Visitors from outside the European Economic Area already pay for planned hospital care. The EEA covers the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to save the NHS millions of pounds by extending the […]

NHS negligence bill tops £1 billion

The NHS in England paid out over £1.1 billion in 2014/15 to lawyers and to patients who suffered harm. This coming year it will be £1.4 billion, said the NHS Litigation Authority. The body said it would work with other parts of the NHS to reduce costs and improve safety and learning. Chief executive officer […]

New stroke treatment should be more available

Specialists are urging the NHS to make a new stroke treatment widely available. Studies suggest the technique for removing blood clots in the brain doubles the chance of recovery for people who have suffered an ischaemic stroke. The specially designed “Solitaire” stent is highly effective at catching and removing blood clots. However, it is currently […]

NHS hits AnE waiting times target

The NHS in England has met its four hour Accident and Emergency (AnE) waiting time target. The 95% target had not been hit for 33 consecutive weeks, since late last September. Figures for the week ending 24 May show that 95.1% of A&E patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or […]

Smoking ban cut child hospital admissions

Thousands of children have been spared serious illness and hospital treatment since the smoking ban was introduced in England in 2007. The study, in the European Respiratory Journal, looked at 1.6 million hospital admissions of under 14s from 2001-12. The law against smoking in indoor public places saw 11,000 fewer children being admitted to hospital […]

Alcohol detox centre saves NHS millions

The NHS could save £27 million a year by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients. Alcohol abuse costs the NHS £3.8 billion a year, £145 for each UK household. One in three of all A&E admissions are alcohol related- but on a weekend that can rise to 70%. Dr Chris Daly, the lead […]

Hospital charges to rise for non EU patients

Visitors from outside the EU who receive treatment in NHS hospitals in England are now charged 150% of the cost. The charges however only apply to non EU citizens settling in the UK for longer than six months. The new rules from the Department of Health came into force on 6 April. However primary care […]