Number of long waiting hospital operations rise by 163%

The number of people facing “long waits” for hospital treatment in England has more than doubled in the past four years, figures show. Patients needing routine care such as knee and hip replacements are meant to be treated in 18 weeks under NHS rules. But the numbers waiting longer than

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Blocked beds blight mental health care

Delays in discharging people from hospital are rising more rapidly in mental health trusts than other parts of the NHS in England, a study shows. NHS England data found a 56% rise in the number of bed days lost to delayed discharge in psychiatric trusts in October 2016 compared to

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Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS “pressure”

Senior doctors say they are concerned about the number of cancer patients having their operations cancelled amid “tremendous pressure” facing the NHS in England this winter. Ian Eardley, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said a shortage of beds was one of the causes. Such surgery is usually protected under

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GPs urged to commit to seven day service or lose funding

The government wants surgeries to open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven days a week, unless they can prove the demand is not there. Some GPs in England have been warned they could lose extra funding if they fail to meet their commitments to keeping surgeries open for longer. It said

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Thousands miss out on stroke treatment

About 9,000 stroke patients a year are missing out on a treatment that can prevent disability following a stroke, say UK experts. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people each year are admitted to hospital following a stroke. Clot retrieval can restore blood flow to the brain, preventing some lasting damage,

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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

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Patients visit A&E up to 50 times a year

Some patients are going to Accident and Emergency (A&E) units more than 50 times a year. Data from 183 sites obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed nearly 12,000 people made more than 10 visits to the same unit in 2012-13. And a small number of those – just

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