Missed hospital appointments cost east of England NHS £42 million

Patients who missed hospital appointments cost the NHS in the eastern region more than £42 million in the past year alone.There were nearly five million appointments in the east’s 24 NHS hospital and foundation trusts in 2012. But in about 418,000 cases- nearly ten per cent, the patients failed to

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Stafford Hospital- the scandal that shames the NHS PT2

For those whose relatives were deprived of care and even food and drink at the Stafford Hospital it was difficult to understand why there were so few nurses to tend to patients.They could little imagine that in August 2005 in the hospital trust’s executive offices, a board led by Martin

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Stafford Hospital- the scandal that shames the NHS PT1

The scandal at Stafford Hospital shames the National Health Service.Hundreds of hospital patients died needlessly. In the wards, people lay starving, thirsty and in soiled bedclothes, buzzers droning hopelessly as their cries for help went ignored. Some received the wrong medication; some, none at all. Over 139 days, the public

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NHS workers receive £21 million of golden goodbyes

Hundreds of Scottish NHS workers received “golden goodbyes” worth an average of nearly £44,000 each last year as part of a cull that is expected to see staff numbers fall by nearly 5,500.A report by Audit Scotland, found 475 doctors, nurses, managers and administrators were handed exit packages worth a

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Labour planned profit making NHS exports two years ago

Labour began selling NHS services overseas two years ago despite today condemning the Coalition’s plans to set up profit making hospitals abroad, official documents show.The labour party is facing accusations of hypocrisy after saying the Government”s decision to export NHS expertise is an example of David Cameron’s “rampant commercialisation”. Andy

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Patients swamp A&E as GPs cut surgery hours

Hospital Accident and Emergency departments are being swamped by patients who cannot visit GP surgeries or NHS walk-in centres, leading to longer waiting times.The reduction in opening hours is forcing some patients to wait up to three weeks for a GP’s appointment. Information provided by almost two thirds of NHS

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