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  • Emergency care target missed again
    Emergency care target missed again Fri, May 22, 2015

    Waiting times in accident and emergency departments at NHS hospitals in England improved slightly last week, but still failed to meet the target of 95% of patients seen within four hours. More »

  • Warnings Over Cancer Treatment Delays
    Warnings Over Cancer Treatment Delays Wed, May 20, 2015

    Cancer patient's lives are being put at risk by the longest delays in treatment since records began in 2009, leading charities have warned. Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support said the Government must take urgent action to reverse the trend. The latest statistics from NHS England show almost half of all NHS trusts in England are failing to meet the target of starting treatment within two months of diagnosis. More »

  • May Vows End To Mental Health Police Custody
    May Vows End To Mental Health Police Custody Wed, May 20, 2015

    People with mental health problems will no longer be held in police cells but proper "places of safety" under a £15m plan being announced by Theresa May. The proposal will mean the thousands of people detained under the Mental Health Act each year will no longer end up in cells looked after by police officers but in a place they can be cared for by medically trained professionals. The Home Secretary will commit £15m to the NHS to fund suitable alternatives to police custody for those detained under the act. More »

  • Lax parents 'normalising obesity'
    Lax parents 'normalising obesity' Tue, May 19, 2015

    Parents who allow their children to eat junk food and lead sedentary lifestyles are "normalising obesity", the head of the NHS in England has warned. More »

  • Strike Threat As PM Says NHS Is In 'Safe Hands'
    Strike Threat As PM Says NHS Is In 'Safe Hands' Mon, May 18, 2015

    David Cameron has laid out plans to create a "seven-day" NHS service - but has been warned that nurses could walk out if their pay and conditions are affected. But Royal College of Nursing (RCN) chief executive Dr Peter Carter said "any attacks on unsocial hours, weekend working payments would be strongly resisted" and could lead to industrial action. Speaking to Sky News health secretary Jeremy Hunt hit back, saying: "It is ridiculous, jumping the gun. Mr Cameron committed to creating a "truly seven-day NHS" by extending GP opening hours. More »

  • Cameron NHS vow 'headline grabbing'
    Cameron NHS vow 'headline grabbing' Mon, May 18, 2015

    David Cameron's "vision" of a seven-day NHS service has been met with scepticism by health experts along with the threat of industrial action. More »

  • Seven-Day NHS: The Key Questions Answered
    Seven-Day NHS: The Key Questions Answered Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Prime Minister has committed to making sure the NHS is fully staffed at weekends - creating a seven-day service. Concerns about patient safety are the big driver for moving to a 'seven-day NHS' , with consultants working daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday. And GPs too will be expected to open up at weekends, which should ease pressure on accident and emergency units. :: Is there really demand for extra care at weekends? More »

  • Woman to get NHS help after delays
    Woman to get NHS help after delays Fri, May 15, 2015

    A severely disabled teenager has arrived in the UK for urgent treatment following weeks of delays caused by NHS trusts initially refusing to accept her. More »

  • Cancelled ops 'worst for a decade'
    Cancelled ops 'worst for a decade' Fri, May 15, 2015

    More than 20,000 operations were cancelled at the last minute by NHS hospitals in England during the last quarter, the worst performance in a decade. More »

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  • Private health a con - cardiologist
    Private health a con - cardiologist Wed, May 6, 2015

    Private healthcare is a "con" and NHS doctors who boost their incomes by carrying it out are depriving the public sector of a valuable resource, a cardiologist has said. More »

  • 'Guards control dementia patients'
    'Guards control dementia patients' Tue, May 5, 2015

    Security guards are being called in to help control dementia patients in some NHS hospitals, new figures show. More »

  • Love-in for health service looms large in British election
    Love-in for health service looms large in British election Sun, May 3, 2015

    Given regular headlines about overflowing emergency rooms, horrendous waiting times and cancer drug rationing, Britain's love affair with the National Health Service (NHS) can be perplexing to outsiders. Protecting the health service is centre-stage in the run-up to this week's election, with rival parties locked in a war of funding promises - and warm words - for an overburdened and occasionally chaotic organisation. "It is my life's work," Prime Minister David Cameron insisted in front of a television audience last week, as he battled voter distrust of his Conservative Party's handling of healthcare. More »

  • Doctor In Court Over Teacher's Caesarean Death
    Doctor In Court Over Teacher's Caesarean Death Fri, May 1, 2015

    A doctor has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a woman who died after giving birth by emergency Caesarean section. Errol Cornish, 67, attended Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court along with Glenn Douglas, chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which is accused of corporate manslaughter over the death of Frances Cappuccini. Mrs Cappuccini, 30, died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, Kent, after giving birth to her son by the emergency procedure on 9 October, 2012. Kent police announced last month the decision to prosecute South African-born consultant anaesthetist Cornish, along with Dr Nadeem Azeez, 52, for the gross negligence manslaughter of Mrs Cappuccini. More »

  • Lib Dems To Demand Extra £8bn A Year For NHS
    Lib Dems To Demand Extra £8bn A Year For NHS Fri, May 1, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats will demand an extra £8bn a year for the NHS and that maximum waiting times are imposed for mental health services as their latest red line for entering any coalition. Nick Clegg will tell activists today that the "NHS doesn't need warm words, it needs hard cash". That is a challenge to the Conservatives and Labour to match what the Liberal Democrats say is their "fully costed" plan to deliver the £8bn a year that the chief executive of the NHS says is needed. The Liberal Democrat leader insists he wants to be unambiguous about his top priorities so anyone who votes for the party knows which issues it will not budge on. More »

  • 'Worse service' by private GP care
    'Worse service' by private GP care Fri, May 1, 2015

    Private providers of out-of-hours GP care in England are giving patients a poorer service than NHS surgeries or those that are not-for-profit, a large-scale study has suggested. More »

  • NHS 'Close To Breaking Point' Warns Health Boss
    NHS 'Close To Breaking Point' Warns Health Boss Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The NHS in England is "stretched close to breaking point" and faces the most challenging five years in its history, an open letter to the next health secretary has warned. The editor of the British Medical Journal, Dr Fiona Godlee, and her colleagues have written to whoever takes on the role after the General Election, saying finances are already "cut to the bone". The letter insists the health service is "still reeling" from the "costly and distracting" reforms of the coalition Government, while also having to cope with five years of virtual flatline funding in real terms and the growing demands of an ageing population. The letter also said patient safety was now at risk, with 13 NHS trusts currently in special measures because of concerns about the quality of care being delivered. More »

  • BMJ warning over future of the NHS
    BMJ warning over future of the NHS Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The next five years are likely to be the "most challenging and decisive that the NHS in England has ever faced" with finances already "cut to the bone", an open letter to the next health secretary has said. More »

  • New test for Down's syndrome hailed
    New test for Down's syndrome hailed Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A new test for Down's syndrome has been described as a "major turning point in antenatal screening" that would also be far cheaper than the current NHS screening programme. More »

  • HIV Self-Testing Kit Gives Result In 15 Mins
    HIV Self-Testing Kit Gives Result In 15 Mins Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The first legally approved HIV self testing kit, which claims to have with a 99.7% accuracy rate, has gone sale in the UK. The BioSURE HIV Self Test uses a small amount of blood from a finger prick to detect HIV antibodies and gives a result in just 15 minutes. An estimated 26,000 people in the UK have HIV but are unaware of it, making them unknowingly responsible for the majority of onwards transmissions. Dr Michael Brady of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust described the new home testing kit as a "really exciting development". More »

  • Charities in end-of-life care plea
    Charities in end-of-life care plea Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Millions of pounds could be saved by the NHS if the majority of people who died of terminal illnesses in hospital did so at home as most wish, charities have said. More »

  • Huge growth in private care sector
    Huge growth in private care sector Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The number of private firms delivering NHS care has risen dramatically, according to new research. More »

  • Private healthcare 'worse than GPs'
    Private healthcare 'worse than GPs' Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Private healthcare companies supply "consistently worse" quality of care than GP services provided by the NHS in England, research has found. More »

  • Tragic newborn was UK's youngest organ donor
    Tragic newborn was UK's youngest organ donor Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A newborn baby who died after just 100 minutes became Britain's youngest organ donor after his kidneys and heart valves were given to adult patients, the National Health Service (NHS) said Thursday. More »

  • NHS 'facing biggest challenges'
    NHS 'facing biggest challenges' Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The NHS is entering the new financial year facing the biggest challenges in recent history, a report has warned. More »

  • Targets 'undermining patient care'
    Targets 'undermining patient care' Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Efforts to improve standards of patient care in the NHS are being undermined by performance measures that encourage the manipulation of data, a report has claimed. More »

  • Labour's 100-Day Plan To Fix Health Service
    Labour's 100-Day Plan To Fix Health Service Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    A 100-day plan to rescue the health service has been unveiled by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Labour has pledgeed an "emergency recruitment drive" to get 1,000 extra nurses into training this year if the party wins the General Election. The move would be the first instalment of Labour's plan to recruit 20,000 more nurses by 2020. Labour would also introduce winter planning with GPs stationed in all A&E departments and more clinically-trained NHS 111 staff. More »

  • Ed Miliband: Labour will launch emergency recruitment drive to tackle NHS staffing …
    Ed Miliband: Labour will launch emergency recruitment drive to tackle NHS staffing … Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Labour leader Ed Miliband will today (21 April) return his focus to the NHS, as he sets out a "Rescue Plan" to be implemented in Labour's first months in office. It will include immediate action on the Tory nursing crisis and a Budget to bring in significant investment from the Mansion Tax as well as a new Tobacco Levy in 2015/16. In a speech to student nurses at Manchester Metropolitan University, Miliband will announce that Labour will launch an emergency recruitment drive in May to get 1,000 extra nurses into training this year – the first instalment on Labour's plan for 20,000 more by 2020. "The Tories have caused a staffing crisis. More »

  • Hospital Boss Pay Hikes Enough For 1,300 Nurses
    Hospital Boss Pay Hikes Enough For 1,300 Nurses Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Inflation-busting pay rises for hospital bosses totalling £35m could have paid for more than 1,300 new nurses, according to Sky News' calculations. A Daily Mail investigation found some executives earned more than £1m last year, and even at hospitals with the worst standards of care directors received pay packages worth up to £5,000 per day. The figures emerged after the Mail carried out an audit of trust accounts and found exploitation of the NHS pension scheme by some senior executives. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to launch an investigation, even though NHS England told Sky News "pay is set by the Department of Health" and is then awarded to executives by individual NHS trusts. More »

  • Tories Angry At Labour's 'Underhand' NHS Survey
    Tories Angry At Labour's 'Underhand' NHS Survey Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Tory councillors claim they were duped by a survey which has been used in Labour's election campaign. The letter did however make clear the "student" was a member of the Labour Party. One hundred and fifteen Tory councillors responded giving their views on privatisation, charging for services and cuts to the health service. Councillor Malise Graham from Melton Borough Council says he did not know the letter was from Labour. More »

  • Anger at £35m NHS chief pay rises
    Anger at £35m NHS chief pay rises Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Labour has called for an investigation into the huge pay packets of NHS bosses after it was reported that hospital chief executives received £35 million in pay rises, despite unprecedented pressures on spending. More »

  • Labour Claims 'Secret' Tory Plan To Cut Nurses
    Labour Claims 'Secret' Tory Plan To Cut Nurses Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Labour has accused the Conservatives of having "secret" plans to slash the number of nurses in the NHS after the election. The party claims the cuts are revealed in an official government document, which forecasts NHS trusts will employ nearly 2,000 fewer nurses over the next four years. But the Tories have dismissed the claims, arguing the report - Health Education England's Workforce Plan - was based on out-of-date figures before they committed to increase NHS spending. It said the Conservative-led Coalition had inherited a "nursing crisis" from Labour, and pointed to the scandal at Stafford Hospital. More »

  • Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English
    Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Ed Miliband has attempted to convince voters the party has learnt from its past mistakes on immigration by unveiling tough new measures to tackle the issue. Mr Miliband admitted Labour had made errors in 2004 under Tony Blair that left "working people" facing "dramatic changes in their communities that were not planned or properly prepared for". Unveiling a five-point policy at an event in Wirral, the Labour leader said he would ensure that all NHS workers would be "required to speak English to a sufficient standard so they can care effectively for patients". He said a Labour government would legislate to give healthcare regulators the power to enforce the rule. More »

  • Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto
    Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has pledged to protect spending on education from ages two to 19 as a central part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. The Lib Dem leader says his party, unlike Labour or the Conservatives, will maintain funding for nurseries, schools and further education institutions in real terms and per pupil. On the NHS, the Lib Dems have pledged to meet what is described as a potential funding shortfall of £8bn per year by the end of the next parliament. The Lib Dems are focussing on tried and tested policy ideas for their manifesto. More »

  • Greens Vow To Roll Back NHS Privatisation
    Greens Vow To Roll Back NHS Privatisation Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The Green Party has pledged to end privatisation in the NHS and re-nationalise the railways in its manifesto. The party also vowed to ban fracking, stop airport expansion and halt major road schemes, while promising cash for energy efficiency measures and flood defences. Party leader Natalie Bennett told activists at the heart of the manifesto was "a vision for a fair economy". More »