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Cameron promises seven day health services

All hospitals in England will provide “a truly seven day NHS” health service under a future Conservative government. Mr David Cameron said that more hospitals must provide top-level treatment at the weekend, starting with emergency care. In a wide ranging speech, he said his party’s message to various sections of the population was: “We’re with […]

Urgent action needed over weekend doctor numbers

With the weekend coming up Health Direct again warns- hospitals in the UK have a fraction of the number of doctors on site at weekends as they do during the week. On average, doctor staffing levels at weekends were only 16% of those during the week. The figures also showed a difference in terms of […]

NHS needs to simplify emergency urgent care

The NHS needs to provide a much simpler and co-ordinated system of 24/7 urgent and emergency care- a review of its services says.It also warns that many patients are confused about who to turn to when they need urgent medical help, so too often they go to A&E units. The review – led by NHS […]

Poor hospital weekend care kills 4,000 a year

Poor care in hospitals at weekends is killing more than 4,000 lives a year, NHS officials have warned- so Health Direct wishes you Good Luck if you are going under the knife today.The disclosure comes in an official review of Britain’s emergency and urgent healthcare which says the current system is unsustainable, unaffordable and soaking […]

111 health direct helpline has been very disappointing admits ministers

The new NHS health direct non-emergency advice line had a “very disappointing start” and is still not operating properly in several parts of the country Ministers have admitted.Health officials have launched an investigation into the advice line after a number of potentially serious incidents, including three deaths, have been linked to the service. Patients have […]

A&E- accident and emergency facing serious problems

Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are facing a “serious problem” a health minister has said, after NHS chiefs ordered urgent action to tackle growing pressures.Rising attendances have meant A&E units in England have started struggling to hit the four hour waiting time target. The problem has got so bad that NHS England has pledged extra […]

NHS could charge fees to call out a doctor

Calling out a doctor to your home could cost £8.50 under radical proposals to shore up the finances of the NHS.The proposals are being outlined as a way of tackling the financial hole in the accounts of the Health Service. The moves sparked outrage with claims they amount to a patients’ tax and undermine the […]

Hunt criticises health trust for bullying whistleblower

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has criticised a hospital trust’s actions after a gagging order was broken to raise concerns about patient safety.Gary Walker, a former chief executive at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, broke the order when he was interviewed by the BBC. Lawyers for the trust then warned him he would have to repay […]

Patients admitted to hospitals on bank holidays almost 50 per cent more likely to die

Patients are much more likely to die if they are admitted to hospital on a bank holiday because there are fewer doctors on duty according to new research.Public holidays are usually tagged on to a weekend, providing a three or four day holiday, resulting in what the authors refer to as a “cumulative effect”. The […]

Health Direct wishes you a healthy weekend as deaths rates increase by third

With the weekend approaching Health Direct wishes you a healthy weekend- as new research shows that death rates increase by a third over weekdays in NHS hospitals.More than 3,000 people could be saved every year if weekend hospital cover and access to key medical facilities was as good as during the working week, a major […]