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Bullying creates toxic NHS culture

A culture of bullying and secrecy has created a “toxic working environment” in the NHS- doctors warn. The British Medical Association annual conference heard how a proper system of regulation needed to be introduced for managers so they could be held to account. This idea has already been put forward by the Francis Inquiry into […]

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 […]

NHS will collapse if elderly bed blocking continues claims health minister

The NHS will collapse without decisive action to get more elderly people out of hospitals, Norman Lamb, the health minister, has warned. Mr Lamb, the care minister, said Britain’s system of health and social care is becoming “dysfunctional” and could “buckle under the pressure” unless radical changes are made to the way it operates. He […]

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 turn up. Automated reminders are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leeds hospital suspends child heart surgery

Children’s congenital heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary has been suspended as a review is carried out.There are concerns about the number of deaths at the hospital, which is at the centre of a long dispute over the future of children’s heart services. The medical director of the NHS, Bruce Keogh, said it was “a […]

Social care cost caps brought forward

The government will bring forward its overhaul of social care funding by a year the chancellor has announced. A cap on the amount the elderly pay for social care in England – which was to be £75,000 but will now be £72,000 – would start in the same year. Mr Osborne promised in his budget […]

London NHS wastes £13 million on public relations

The NHS in London spent almost £13 million on public relations in the last three years – enough to recruit 600 nurses.Some £9.7 million went on press officers’ salaries at hospitals and primary care trusts (PCTs), while private PR companies were paid a further £3 million. Critics called for “medical doctors not spin doctors”, pointing […]