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KEN ADMITS HE USES PRIVATE HEALTHCARE

KEN Livingstone, the Labour candidate to be Mayor of London and a noted opponent of NHS privatisation, uses private healthcare services, City A.M. has learned.

 

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The NHS’s chaotic IT systems show no sign of recovery

The NHS’s chaotic IT systems show no sign of recovery | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Paperless patient records are a necessity, but a new, US–made system at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge is a chronic misreading of patient needs.

 

When you walk into my GP’s surgery, the first thing you see is a screen on the receptionist’s counter....

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When will governments stop wasting so much of our taxpayers money?

So many Patient Records Systems have come and gone, each failing the 'real' needs of it's users. One trust even considered buying a system from a vendor that only had one customer; an overseas hospital that had yet to open!!!

Having worked in the past for many years implementing 'real' & complex records/data management systems for large commercial companies, a patient records system is no more complex than some of the systems I worked on. It's unfathomable to me (and I am sure to may others) as to why it has taken so long and so much money to achieve so little.

Perhaps that fact that it is taxpayers money that makes everyone involved so ambivalent to the final outcome. The money wasted so far would have been far better spent on other NHS requirements.

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NHS cash crunch to hit after UK election - FT.com

NHS cash crunch to hit after UK election - FT.com | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The next government will be under immediate pressure to inject more money into the National Health Service to avoid a crisis, according to an analysis by the Financial Times.

The study reveals that hospitals have plunged far more deeply into the red than has been officially acknowledged.
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Ex-NHS boss questions Tory and Lib Dem health service funding plans

Ex-NHS boss questions Tory and Lib Dem health service funding plans | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Sir David Nicholson says managers would find it difficult to deliver savings set out in Stevens plan, but also called on Labour to sign up to it
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'No improvement over safe staffing', indicates nurse survey

'No improvement over safe staffing', indicates nurse survey | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Almost two thirds of nursing staff who have experienced a “red flag” event while working on an acute adult inpatient ward have failed to see nurse numbers immediately increased to deal with the situation, according to a major survey of NHS staffing...
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Manchester NHS trusts made over 600 mental health patient referrals to private clinics in two years

Due to a shortage of beds, mental health patients from Manchester have been transferred to private clinics, many of which are outside the city, over 670 times since 2013.

Figures obtained by the Manchester Evening News through freedom of information requests, show that Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust has placed patients with private providers 628 times since 2013.

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust told the paper it had transferred patients to private clinics 29 times.
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NHS data security: lessons to be learned

NHS data security: lessons to be learned | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The NHS should provide a trusted repository for patients’ personal data – but, sadly, this is not always the case. The last few years have seen numerous examples of NHS organisations losing data, sending it to the wrong place and otherwise treating it in a less than secure way.

The problems extend across the UK’s public healthcare services, which are run by the Department of Health in England and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. February saw North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in north-east England ticked off by data protection regulator the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a number of incidents, mainly involving paper records.

 

T“One incident involved the discovery of a folder containing highly sensitive personal data at a bus stop by a member of the public, while most of the other cases related to letters, notes and reports containing patient data being sent to the wrong recipients,” said the ICO in an enforcement notice that requires the trust to review its policies and put an action plan in place.

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NHS care.data - a horribly botched operation

NHS care.data - a horribly botched operation | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The care.data programme currently being piloted in a few hundred GP practices before a planned national rollout expands NHS England's collection of medical data for analytical use. Since 1989 information on hospital stays has been collected for analysis and the new programme will extend this to cover data resulting from patients' visits to their GPs. Evidence from studying such data can be invaluable for medical research, including epidemiology and screening for cancer, and to monitor key information, such as how many patients a doctor has seen.

The rollout, which began last year, is widely considered a badly botched operation because of the high-handed way that it was communicated, in that that patient consent was taken for granted, and for a lack of transparency and clarity about what the programme aims to achieve. Its cause was not helped when it was revealed that NHS hospital data has been sold to insurance firms, despite assurances during the care.data rollout that patient data is not for sale. Put simply, the public is not convinced, and neither are many GPs.
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A very good in-depth look at what's going wrong with another NHS project. When we learn????

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NHS 'whistleblower' demands new job

NHS 'whistleblower' demands new job | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A former NHS boss who says he was sacked for raising patient safety concerns has asked the health secretary for an apology and a "comparable" job.

 

In a letter to Jeremy Hunt, ex-United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust boss Gary Walker argues he is a whistleblower whose actions have been vindicated.

 

But he says he has been blacklisted from working for the health service.

 

The Department of Health in England says it will be looking carefully at the issues raised in the letter.

 

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Official NHS calculator predicts when you will have a heart attack

Official NHS calculator predicts when you will have a heart attack | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Take the test: New NHS tool estimates how long you will live until having a heart attack or stroke promises a 'wake-up call' to shock Britons into changing lifestyles
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Manchester’s plan has implications for the whole NHS

Manchester’s plan has implications for the whole NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that the entire £6bn health and care budget for Greater Manchester is to be handed over to local control has repercussions for the whole NHS. It opens up a new front in national and local moves to overhaul the funding system, regulate systems instead of organisations, make services locally accountable and to breach the wall between social care and health.

While many people in the NHS dislike the idea of direct local government control, local politics has always been a powerful influence on reconfiguration debates. The NHS compares poorly with councils when it comes to making tough decisions about services, and many politicians and council managers are angered by the way NHS trusts run up uncontrolled deficits – something that is not tolerated in town halls. Perhaps local government will have the courage to take decisions that seem so difficult for the health service.
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NHS plea to expat GPs in Australia: come home

NHS plea to expat GPs in Australia: come home | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A shortfall of 1,000 GPs in England is revealed in figures published on Sunday, with the NHS being forced to advertise in Australia for British doctors on career breaks to come home and plug the gaps.

Staffing levels have failed to keep pace with the increase in population, according to an analysis commissioned by the Labour party. If the number of people per GP had remained at the 2009 level, there would be an extra 1,063 GPs, which Ed Miliband’s party claims would bring huge relief to the system.

British GPs working in Australia have been targeted through an advertisement in two medical magazines urging them to return home and practise in the UK. The advert promises a “fully funded induction and returner scheme” if they return, and emphasises that practices taking part in the scheme are “looking to recruit permanent GPs”.

The advert, placed by NHS England’s Shropshire and Staffordshire area team and Health Education Midlands, ran in November and December.
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NHS foundation trusts in 'alarming' deficit of £321 million

NHS foundation trusts in 'alarming' deficit of £321 million | nhswatch | Scoop.it
NHS foundation trusts have an “alarming” reported deficit of £321 million – which is five times more than planned, a health regulator has said.

The trusts are under “exceptional pressure” as many of the organisations are struggling with finances while trying to meet patients’ demands, Monitor’s quarterly report warned.
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7 charts that show how the Tories have let down your NHS

7 charts that show how the Tories have let down your NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it
They've promised to inject £8bn more into the National Health Service - but can the Tories REALLY be trusted on the NHS?
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Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English

Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English | nhswatch | Scoop.it
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, the Labour leader said he would ensure that all NHS workers would be "required to speak English to a sufficient standards so they can care effectively for patients".
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Protestors Taking To Street About Future of NHS - Made in Wearside News Update

Protestors are taking to the streets in Sunderland tomorrow - about the future of the NHS… Watch today's local news headlines for Wearside from ...
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Chaos reigns at Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust

Improvement director to be appointed. Trust Board position untenable.
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Software pins down correct vertebra for surgery | News | The Engineer

Software pins down correct vertebra for surgery | News | The Engineer | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a software program that works with currently available procedures to assist surgeons in determining which vertebra to operate on.
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Devon and Cornwall ambulance staff 'near breaking point' as pressure mounts

Devon and Cornwall ambulance staff 'near breaking point' as pressure mounts | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Unison, which represents health workers, said a survey of members had revealed worrying high levels of anxiety with many workers warning they were on the verge of quitting.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST), which provides 999 responses across the region, said it takes the welfare of staff extremely seriously and provides a number of services, including counselling.

However, Unison South West spokeswoman Tanya Palmer said that recent cuts to the NHS has put a further burden on ambulance staff and action must be taken.
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Political row brewing over Dundee hospital porters strike

Political row brewing over Dundee hospital porters strike | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Labour health spokeswoman Jenny Marra has thrown down the gauntlet to Shona Robison, saying the Cabinet minister should be doing more to help end industrial action by porters at the hospital.

Dundee-based MSP Ms Marra, who recently met the Unite union behind the porters’ strike at the hospital, said Health Secretary Ms Robison “should be taking a keen interest” in resolving the dispute.

With the general election taking place next month, Ms Marra’s comments could turn the strike into a high-stakes political battleground between Ms Robison’s SNP and Labour.
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Jeremy Hunt accused of covering up critical NHS report

Jeremy Hunt accused of covering up critical NHS report | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt faces allegations of a politically motivated cover-up after the Tory head of the health select committee said his department’s refusal to publish a damning report on NHS management before the general election was not acceptable.

Sarah Wollaston, a former GP who took over the chairmanship of the committee last year, said it was not reasonable or right that a report by former Marks & Spencer boss and Tory peer Stuart Rose, which was commissioned by Hunt a year ago and completed in December, was being kept from the public.

Senior government officials have made it known that Rose’s report is strongly critical of management systems in the NHS – findings that are potentially damaging for the Tories before an election in which the NHS is centre stage.

There are also suggestions that the report implies that the government’s own NHS reforms, steered through by Hunt’s predecessor Andrew Lansley, may have made matters worse.
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Should I quit the NHS for private practice?

Should I quit the NHS for private practice? | nhswatch | Scoop.it
I feel uncomfortable that I will only be able to help people who can afford to pay for it, but my career progression has stalled and stress levels are rising
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NHS lets down patients with appalling standards at weekends, says top doctor - Telegraph

NHS lets down patients with appalling standards at weekends, says top doctor - Telegraph | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Prof Sir Bruce Keogh says the NHS cannot improve the safety of services for patients who fall ill at weekends unless it reduces 'premium' pay deals which means some staff get twice as much to work on Sundays
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NHS bosses to be criticised in Morecambe Bay mother and baby deaths report - Telegraph

NHS bosses to be criticised in Morecambe Bay mother and baby deaths report - Telegraph | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Health watchdogs set up to protect NHS patients when things go wrong face damning criticism in a report into the scandal of dozens of mothers and babies who died at a hospital following a catalogue of poor care.

As many as 30 mothers and babies died at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust as a result of substandard care made worse by professional rivalries, the independent inquiry is expected to conclude this week.

Six midwives face disciplinary hearings in front of the Nursing and Midwifery Council later this year, but to date no nurses, midwives or doctors have been permanently struck off.

The investigation has heard how midwives neglected to alert doctors about patient complications in time because of a 'turf war’ between the two professions.
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Campaigners take to Sheffield streets in fight to save NHS

Campaigners take to Sheffield streets in fight to save NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it
More than 100 campaigners took to the streets of South Yorkshire over the future of the NHS.

Volunteers were out in Sheffield city centre and on Ecclesall Road on Saturday, with similar events taking place in Rotherham and Chesterfield.

It was part of a national protest, organised by campaign group 38 Degrees, involving about 9,000 people across the country.

Campaigners were asking members of the public to sign a petition which is calling on general election candidates to pledge to oppose the privatisation of NHS services.

Becci Simpson, one of the volunteers, said there had been a ‘generally positive’ reaction from members of the public in Sheffield city centre.
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Dementia research to get over £300m as all NHS staff to be given training in the condition

Dementia research to get over £300m as all NHS staff to be given training in the condition | nhswatch | Scoop.it
More than £300 million is to be spent by the Government on research into dementia while all NHS staff will have to undergo training in the condition, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

Outlining new plans to tackle what he described as "one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime", he said an international dementia institute will be established in England over the next five years in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research and medical trials.
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