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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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NHS will charge a fee over my dead body - whatever 'Labour' traitors and private healthcare vultures might think

NHS will charge a fee over my dead body - whatever 'Labour' traitors and private healthcare vultures might think | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The Sunday Mirror columnist and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has nothing but contempt for private healthcare vultures seeking to feast on the NHS (NHS will charge a fee over my dead body - whatever 'Labour' traitors and private healthcare vultures...

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Some good words spoken here about the fundamentals of the NHS and what it is really about.

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Labour considers raising national insurance to fix £30bn NHS 'black hole'

Labour considers raising national insurance to fix £30bn NHS 'black hole' | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Radical plans to increase national insurance contributions to plug a looming £30bn a year "black hole" in NHS funding and pay the spiralling costs of care for the elderly are being examined by Labour's policy review.

 

The Observer has learnt that the idea is among options being considered to ensure NHS and care costs can be met under a future Labour government, without it having to impose crippling cuts on other services in successive budgets.

 

Senior party figures have confirmed that a scheme advanced by the former Labour minister Frank Field – under which funds from increased NI would be paid into a sealed-off fund for health and care costs – is being examined, though no decisions have been taken.

 

Recent figures based on data from NHS England and the Nuffield Trust and produced by the Commons library suggest that NHS costs alone will go from £95bn a year now to more than £130bn a year by 2020.

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1,000 hospital patients die each month from avoidable kidney problems

1,000 hospital patients die each month from avoidable kidney problems | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Research finds acute kidney injury costs more than £1bn every year, and is responsible for at least 15,000 deaths annually. At least 1,000 hospital patients in England die each month from avoidable kidney problems, according to a study commissioned...

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Breast cancer drug turned down for NHS use due to high cost

Breast cancer drug turned down for NHS use due to high cost | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Decision on Herceptin-style drug which costs £90,000 but can prolong lives by nearly six months heavily criticised Case study: 'Without it, I wouldn't be here'A Herceptin-style drug that can offer some women with advanced breast cancer nearly six...
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Defibrillator unveiled in Bluntisham seven years after friends raised £7,500 to set up community first responder group

Defibrillator unveiled in Bluntisham seven years after friends raised £7,500 to set up community first responder group | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Two friends who raised more than £7,500 to start a community first responder group have now installed a defibrillator in Bluntisham.
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Patients asked to share their views on chronic health services

PATIENTS and carers are being asked to share their views on health services for people with chronic health conditions.
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NHS nurses stretched to breaking point, says report

NHS nurses stretched to breaking point, says report | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Half of nurses are working through breaks or beyond their shift, revealing a health service under severe strain, a report has warned.

 

A survey of almost 3,000 nurses by Unison showed that two-thirds believed they did not spend enough time with patients, which most said affected care.

 

Three out of five of those questioned felt that staff numbers led to lower standards of care, while almost half said they were looking after eight or more patients.

 

The report, Running on Empty, said half of nurses were not confident about raising any concerns they had with their local managers

Gail Adams, Unison's head of nursing, said: "One of the most damaging findings of this survey is how little has changed since last year.

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New hepatitis C drug treatment 'shows promise'

New hepatitis C drug treatment 'shows promise' | nhswatch | Scoop.it
New hepatitis C drug treatment 'shows promise' NHS Choices "A new treatment for hepatitis C 'cured' 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, scientists said," BBC News reports after a new drug protocol designed to target the protein that...
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Inspector calls for comments on hospital site

Inspector calls for comments on hospital site | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which oversees the Belvedere Road site, is being inspected under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission,...

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More than HALF night nurses unable to deliver proper care because of ...

More than HALF night nurses unable to deliver proper care because of ... | nhswatch | Scoop.it

David Cameron has been repeatedly warned his savage NHS cuts will lead to dangerous levels of patient safety in overstretched hospitals.

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Patients satisfaction survey reveals strong performance for Yeovil Hospital

Patients satisfaction survey reveals strong performance for Yeovil Hospital | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Yeovil Hospital has welcomed the results of the latest NHS inpatient survey, with the vast majority of local patients reporting an overwhelmingly positive experience.

 

Nearly 450 people who were admitted into the hospital during 2013 responded to the survey, conducted by the national care watchdog the Care Quality Commission. They were asked 70 questions about every element of their hospital experience, from arrival to discharge, with the results combined to provide a percentage score for each question.

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Cases of scarlet fever reach a 50-year high

Cases of scarlet fever reach a 50-year high | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The number of scarlet fever cases is at its highest level for nearly half a century, say public health officials.

 

Latest figures show 143 cases reported in Leicester and Leicestershire since the start of the year.

 

This is more than double the 55 cases reported two weeks ago. Most cases have been in children aged four or five.

 

It is believed a slight change in the make-up of the highly contagious infection has helped fuel the increase, as people have less immunity to it.

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Disappointment as Warwickshire hospitals plan is ruled out

Disappointment as Warwickshire hospitals plan is ruled out | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A potential plan for the trust that runs Warwick Hospital to take over the running of the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton will not be taking place.

 

The hospital in north Warwickshire had been put into special measures following assessments that identified major failings, meaning that it would have to be taken over.

 

But now the NHS Trust Development Authority has announced that it no longer faces a takeover after “significant improvements” have been made.

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Nice NHS Cancer Emma Barnes: Mum whose life has been prolonged by a new cancer drug criticises decision not to fund it on the NHS

Nice NHS Cancer Emma Barnes: Mum whose life has been prolonged by a new cancer drug criticises decision not to fund it on the NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Mum whose life has been prolonged for more than FOUR years by a new cancer drug has criticised a decision not to make it available on the NHS.

 

Emma Barnes said those making the ruling for NHS rationing body NICE ‘would think differently’ if it was someone in their family suffering from cancer.

 

The life-saving drug Kadcyla, or T-DM1, has extended her life by more than four years.

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Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS

Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it

At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to an NHS study.

 

The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say.

 

Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA.

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King's Mill Hospital receives 'positive' rating in Care Quality Commission survey

King's Mill Hospital receives 'positive' rating in Care Quality Commission survey | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Care and treatment received at King's Mill Hospital is rated positively by patients, according to the national inpatient survey of 2013.

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Care Quality Commission consults on new approach to inspecting and rating care services

9 April 2014 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking people who use and run health and adult social care services and the public at large for views on the regulator’s plans for inspecting and rating care services.
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Fewer A&E patients in Midlands but staff still struggle

Fewer A&E patients in Midlands but staff still struggle | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Fewer patients are turning up to under-pressure A&E departments in Midlands hospitals – but staff are struggling more than ever to cope.
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Exclusive: NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as politicians urged to find radical solution

Exclusive: NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as politicians urged to find radical solution | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The NHS faces a “financial crisis” next year as a budget freeze imposed by the Coalition risks pushing most hospital trusts into deficit, a leading think-tank has warned.

 

In a grim message to all three major parties,  the King’s Fund said that whoever wins next May’s general election will need to find more funding for the NHS or face up to the reality of “significant cuts to services.

 

The future of the health service is at risk unless politicians come up with radical solutions to the crisis in the coming months, it warns

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NHS must listen...or face a repeat of Mid Staffs scandal

NHS must listen...or face a repeat of Mid Staffs scandal | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A Commons committee found there was a culture of denial among managers in councils, schools and the health service – meaning they take little notice of criticism
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King’s Fund report confirms warnings that NHS finances deteriorated badly on this Government's watch

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the King’s Fund’s quarterly monitoring report on hospital finances on Tuesday, said: “Today’s warning from the King’s...

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Study suggests link between fall in salt intake and drop in heart attack deaths

Study suggests link between fall in salt intake and drop in heart attack deaths | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Research claims 15% drop in average daily consumption of salt in England between 2003 and 2011 played an important role in fewer stroke and coronary heart disease fatalitiesDeclining consumption of salt in recent years has been the key factor in...
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Health watchdog to scrutinise patients' problems in Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham

Health watchdog to scrutinise patients' problems in Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham | nhswatch | Scoop.it

STORTFORD, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham will be the focus of a month-long investigation into patients’ difficulties getting an appointment at their GP surgery.

 

Healthwatch Herts, set up last April to be an independent voice by representing residents views on how the NHS and social care should work in the county, is about to launch the new initiative.

 

The most frequent issue that the organisation hears about is difficulties getting appointments at GP surgeries and so working closely with doctors and other health care professionals, Healthwatch has set up the month-long intensive survey to find out what works and what does not.

 

The organisation is focusing work around Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham, talking to local groups, like carers and those with learning disabilities, and taking to the streets.

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Patients wait for hours to be seen - Southend Hospital bottom of A&E table

Patients wait for hours to be seen - Southend Hospital bottom of A&E table | nhswatch | Scoop.it

SOUTHEND Hospital had the worst record in the country last month for keeping patients waiting to be seen in its A&E department.

 

The hospital scored the worst mark of 243 trusts in England for the percentage of patients being seen by A&E within the NHS’s fourhour target time.

 

NHS policy is for at least 95 per cent of A&E patients to be seen inside four hours. Southend Hospital has remained in the bottom ten since the turn of the year.

 

It has also emerged the hospital is facing a huge bill for agency staff to cover posts left vacant as a growing number of staff – including consultants – leave the trust for other jobs.

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Outgoing NHS Wales chief defends record

Outgoing NHS Wales chief defends record | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The outgoing chief executive of NHS Wales has defended the service’s performance in the country under his watch as he prepares to return to a leadership position within the English health service.

 

David Sissling, who has stepped down from the senior role in order to become chief executive of Kettering General Hospital Trust, told HSJ that under a range of performance measures, the Welsh service showed a “positive pattern”.

 

The Welsh NHS has recently come under criticism for its performance in a number of key measures, such as waiting times. In November 2013 only 88.4 per cent of patients requiring hospital treatment were treated within 26 weeks. The Welsh government’s target is for 95 per cent to be treated within this time.

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Older people in NHS care suffering in silence, says health service ombudsman

Older people in NHS care suffering in silence, says health service ombudsman | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Dame Julie Mellor believes over-65s either fear a backlash if they raise issues or don't like making fussOlder people might be "suffering in silence" under NHS care because they are reluctant to complain about the care they receive, the...
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