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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 […]

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 […]

Lack of weekend NHS consultants risking patients’ lives

Seriously ill patients are being put at risk on NHS wards because not enough consultant doctors are working at nights or weekends.Consultants are sometimes “reluctant” to work weekends, say the authors of the report published today by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in New toolkit to deliver increased consultant care to acutely ill medical patients […]

Patients’ lives at risk in NHS hospital wards on brink of collapse claim Doctors

Patients’ lives are at risk in NHS hospital wards that are “on the brink of collapse” due to a critical shortage of out of hours doctors and growing numbers of the elderly.Some hospitals narrowly avoid a “catastrophe” every weekend, research by the Royal College of Physicians has found, because doctors’ shifts are limited by the […]

Patients swamp A&E as GPs cut surgery hours

Hospital Accident and Emergency departments are being swamped by patients who cannot visit GP surgeries or NHS walk-in centres, leading to longer waiting times.The reduction in opening hours is forcing some patients to wait up to three weeks for a GP’s appointment. Information provided by almost two thirds of NHS primary care trusts indicated that […]

Doctors fear catastrophes on hospital wards at weekends

One in eight doctors does not think hospitals provide high quality care at weekends and “catastrophes” are feared on wards because staff cover is so poor.A survey of senior doctors has found that many are concerned about the care patients receive at weekends, when most hospitals only have a skeleton staff. One respondent to the […]

Number of overnight discharges from NHS hospitals to free beds row

An investigation has started after figures emerged suggesting that a number of NHS hospital patients in England have been discharged overnight to free up beds.The Times newspaper discovered, via Freedom of Information requests, that 100 NHS trusts sent 239,233 patients home last year between 23:00 and 06:00. NHS medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh said […]

Patients more likely to die if admitted to hospital at weekends

Research finds that patients are more likely to die if they are admitted to hospital at the weekend.The study Weekend hospitalization and additional risk of death: An analysis of inpatient data was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, found that patients were 16% more likely to die if they were admitted […]

Patients at risk as health trusts cut out of hours care

One in four NHS trusts has cut spending on out of hours care, new figures disclose. At least 20 trusts have reduced their budgets for doctors to visit patients in the evenings and at weekends by a total of £4million. The cuts in after-hours budgets led to warnings of a repeat of the case of […]