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Obese smokers denied surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons found a third of local NHS health bosses put restrictions on surgery for smokers and the obese. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has been increasingly alarmed about the rationing of surgery in the NHS in the tough financial climate. However, some local NHS groups criticised in the report say […]

Target of four week cancer diagnosis plan

More details of plans to improve cancer care in England have been revealed. They include a target that 95% of people should be given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by a GP, by 2020. Implementing it will cost £300 million a year until then. The target – recommended by […]

NHS A&E has worst week in 2014

Pressures in England’s NHS A&E units have hit record levels- with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began. New data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to December 14. Major units particularly struggled, with just six out of 140 meeting […]

NHS surgery restriction for smokers and obese

The NHS in Devon is to deny routine surgery to smokers and the morbidly obeseunless they quit smoking or lose weight. Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery. The NHS in Devon has a £14.5 million […]

Doctors GPs surgeries ranked by risk

Doctors’ GPs surgeries are now being ranked by the health watchdog the CQC. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked almost every GP surgery in England in terms of risk of providing poor care and whilst the majority are of low concern, 11% have been rated in the highest risk band by the CQC. Many […]

A&E units start to miss four hour waiting targets

The NHS in England is starting to miss its four hour Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting time targets for the first time this winter.Over the past week, 94.8% of patients were seen within four hours compared to 95.6% the week before. The target is 95%. The figures cover all 242 centres – major A&Es, smaller […]

A&E must change or face collapse NHS warned

Urgent changes must be made to the way Accident and Emergencies (A&E) units are run – or the system could collapse, doctors and managers say.Both the College of Emergency Medicine and Foundation Trust Network have put forward proposals to overhaul the system. Funding and staffing have been highlighted as key issues. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt […]

Obese women restricted in NHS IVF treatments

New NHS IVF treatment rules have been drawn up in Scotland. Couples who need help conceiving will be guaranteed two free infertility treatments from 1 July, however the treatments will only be available to those under 40, and it will not be offered to women who are obese. In addition, couples need to have been […]

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 […]