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One in 10 NHS appointments missed

One in 10 hospital appointments in England was missed by patients last year  the Department of Health has found.The department said although the number of no shows was down 250,000 on the previous year, it cost millions and delayed treatment for other patients. Health Minister Simon Burns said it was important for people to realise […]

2012- A big year for the NHS

There are a host of challenges looming for the NHS in the next 12 months.After 139 days of public hearings, the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry closed on 1 December. There is no date yet for the publication of the final report. But already Robert Francis QC, the head of the inquiry, has said the issue […]

Bed blocking rise of 11pc in last year

Elderly patients are increasingly being kept in hospital beds because there is no one to support them at home, or there are no places available in residential homes, figures indicate.The number of hospital bed days lost to so-called ‘bed blockers’ across NHS hospitals in England has risen by 11 per cent in the past year, […]

Organ donor register passes 18 million pledges

The number of people registered as organ donors in the UK has reached “staggering” levels, according to the NHS Blood and Transplant. A record 18 million – nearly one out of every three – people now say they are willing to donate their organs. But the organisation said even more people needed to register. Although […]

Cameron’s five pledges for NHS future

David Cameron will commit to “five guarantees” on the future of the National Health Service in a speech designed to reassure critics of his controversial health reforms.The Prime Minister will promise to keep waiting lists low, maintain spending, not to privatise the NHS, to keep care integrated and to remain committed to the “national” part […]

NHS is failing to support vulnerable young people says children’s minister

The children and families minister Sarah Teather has attacked the health service for failing some of the country’s most vulnerable young people. Sarah Teather said the chance of a child receiving much needed speech and language therapy was a postcode lottery “between low and nil”, while the wait for a wheelchair could be “really long”. […]

NHS Hospital waiting times already highest in three years

The NHS’ efficiency drive is already beginning to damage hospital waiting times, according to the King’s Fund think tank. Its research found the need to achieve £20 billion of efficiency savings was increasing the difficulty of managing demand for services, meeting targets and maintaining quality. Nearly 15% of hospital inpatients waited over the 18-week period […]

Surgeons raise alarm over NHS waiting times

Surgeons say patients in some parts of England have spent months waiting in pain because of delayed operations or new restrictions on who qualifies for treatment. In several areas routine surgery was put on hold for months, while in many others new thresholds for hip and knee replacements have been introduced. The moves are part […]

NHS Hospitals cutting operations while waiting times rise

Hospitals are cutting back on routine operations like hip and knee replacements as the NHS budget freeze starts to take effect while waiting times are beginning to rise, new figures show. A survey of more than 60 hospital trusts has found that they carried out almost 11,000 fewer planned or ‘elective’ operations in 2010 than […]

Lucrative NHS overtime for consultants questioned

Some health consultants are making more than £100,000 a year in overtime payments from the NHS. The sums – paid on top of basic salaries and bonuses – have been criticised at a time when the health service is trying to save money. Consultants have been accused of playing the system, but doctors said poor […]