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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 in Scotland to receive extra £65m

NHS in Scotland to receive extra £65m | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The Scottish government announces that it will make an extra £65m available to the NHS in the next financial year.
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Try my new NHS helpline. You’ve nothing to lose but the will to live…

Try my new NHS helpline. You’ve  nothing to lose but the will to live… | nhswatch | Scoop.it
NHS 111 clearly isn’t working. It’s time to introduce a version designed to reassure callers that they’re absolutely fineThe NHS has had a pretty horrible Christmas, with A&Es swamped, more than a dozen hospitals declaring major incidents and a...
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Stephen Dorrell MP faces calls to resign over conflict of interest

Stephen Dorrell MP faces calls to resign over conflict of interest | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The veteran Conservative MP is starting a job as an adviser with a private firm targeting a £1billion NHS contract whilst still in his seat in the House of Commons
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Was first privately run Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS trust victim of stitch-up

Was first privately run Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS trust victim of stitch-up | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS trust, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission, which gave it the lowest ever score for patient care.
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The patients who can’t leave hospital – as no one will make a profit

The patients who can’t leave hospital – as no one will make a profit | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Elderly and disabled becoming ‘bedblockers’, despite wantiing to go home, as private care firms refuse to take on their casesSitting in the chair beside her hospital bed in a nightie, Elizabeth Lee would much rather be elsewhere – at home.
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Welsh NHS forced to recruit 70 Spanish nurses over SKYPE to fill vacancies

Welsh NHS forced to recruit 70 Spanish nurses over SKYPE to fill vacancies | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Health chiefs in North Wales have recruited more than 70 nurses from Spain to work at three main regional hospitals. Forty-five have already started working with the rest expected to start soon.
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New class of antibiotic could turn the tables in battle against superbugs

New class of antibiotic could turn the tables in battle against superbugs | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The powerful antimicrobial teixobactin was discovered using a new technique that could speed up the discovery of new antibiotics to tackle resistance Scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotic using a revolutionary procedure hailed as a...
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Corporate feasting will devour the NHS

Corporate feasting will devour the NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it
This A&E crisis will seem small beer if Cameron gets to carry out his cuts and privatisation plansIt’s not a crisis, David Cameron insists. It’s a “short-term pressure issue”.
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Free app pinpoints Sheffield NHS services

GPs are encouraging people to download a free Sheffield NHS smartphone app to help them access the right NHS services during the winter months.

The health service finder and symptom checker app, launched by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, is to help people who live and work in Sheffield find the most appropriate NHS service for their illness or injury.

The app also includes a symptom checker, as well as giving clear details about what each NHS service does, when it should be used and uses location settings to pinpoint the nearest service.
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UK ministers step up organ donor shortfall campaign

UK ministers step up organ donor shortfall campaign | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Grant Shapps promises to extend ‘nudge’ tactics in bid to double number of Britons on transplant registerBritons using universal credit and state pensions websites will soon be prompted to consider joining the organ donor register as ministers...
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NHS hampered by poor management structure, Rose report claims

NHS hampered by poor management structure, Rose report claims | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Former M&S chief blames ‘hydra-like’ complexity of system and poor training and development for holding back staff
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Care Quality Commission boss on watchdog's past failings and more "robust ...

Care Quality Commission boss on watchdog's past failings and more "robust ... | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Exclusive: The area's deputy chief inspector for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) spoke to the Epsom Guardian as a care home in Banstead was being closed down.
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50 die under secret 999 policy - Telegraph

50 die under secret 999 policy  - Telegraph | nhswatch | Scoop.it
More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients.

Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes.

An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill and to those who had given instructions not to resuscitate.

It meant that, instead of receiving a response from paramedics in eight minutes, people reporting life-threatening illnesses were given a call back up to 20 minutes later, or had to wait up to an hour for an ambulance.
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This is unbelievable!!! Who at this NHS Trust said that they should play at being God and decide who should live or die.

If Hunt does not order an enquiry, then I shall assume that he was the one that said that this was okay. We will be writing to our MP about this urgent matter.

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A&E meltdown forces thousands of operations to be cancelled

A&E meltdown forces thousands of operations to be cancelled | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Cancelled operations will cause distress to thousands, says leader of Britain’s surgeons
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Doctors warn of patient misery as A&E crisis hits planned surgery

Doctors warn of patient misery as A&E crisis hits planned surgery | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Cancelled operations will cause distress to thousands, says leader of Britain’s surgeonsThousands of patients whose operations have been cancelled because of the growing turmoil in the UK’s A&E departments are facing prolonged anxiety, discomfort...
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NHS crisis: A&E turn away a record number of ambulances because they're too full

NHS crisis: A&E turn away a record number of ambulances because they're too full | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Paramedics were forced to take patients to other hospitals on 58 occasions during the Christmas fortnight
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Why is the NHS in trouble? Seven reasons why A&Es are struggling

Why is the NHS in trouble? Seven reasons why A&Es are struggling | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Accident and emergency units in England have recorded their worst-ever performance, according to official figures1.
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Government rejects call for emergency summit to tackle A&E crisis

Government rejects call for emergency summit to tackle A&E crisis | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Conservative spokesman dismisses Labour suggestion as an attempt to generate headlines rather than propose solutionThe government has rejected Labour’s call for an emergency summit on the winter crisis at hospital A&E departments in England amid a...
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NHS in critical condition as A&E waiting times are worst in a decade

NHS in critical condition as A&E waiting times are worst in a decade | nhswatch | Scoop.it
There are grave doubts over the NHS’ capacity to cope with ever-growing demand this winter after emergency departments recorded their worst week in a decade, and more than a dozen hospitals were forced to implement “major incident” emergency plans.
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Cameron defends NHS as A&E units record worst-ever performance

Cameron defends NHS as A&E units record worst-ever performance | nhswatch | Scoop.it
PM criticises scaremongering as eight more hospitals declare they underwent a major or significant incident this winter
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NHS calls on people to help Cambridgeshire hospitals tackle “unprecendented demand” by cutting unnecessary A&E visits

NHS calls on people to help Cambridgeshire hospitals tackle “unprecendented demand” by cutting unnecessary A&E visits | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Dr Neil Modha, chief clinical officer for the NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), advised using A&E or 999 only when people are acutely ill or in a life-threatening condition.

Instead, people should see their GP, or use minor injury units or walk-in centres. If their GP practice is closed, he suggested calling the out-of-hours GP service first on 111, or seeking advice from a pharmacist.

Figures show attendance at A&E in all of the CCG’s trusts was up by as much as 10 per cent, compared to 2013. At Hinchingbrooke, despite the rise in demand, it was last week seeing 96 per cent of patients within four hours.
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Four fold surge in flu cases will tip the NHS over the edge, medics warn

Four fold surge in flu cases will tip the NHS over the edge, medics warn | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Medical experts are worried a resurgence of 'Hong Kong flu' could make the situation worse by putting thousands of sufferers into hospital, with the elderly particularly at risk.
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Number of NHS managers being paid more than £300000 a year doubles in just...

Number of NHS managers being paid more than £300000 a year doubles in just... | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The highly-paid executives, who often worked on an interim basis, were hired by struggling health trusts which paid them hefty salaries of over £300,000 a year.
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NHS cancels 3000 operations in two December weeks

NHS cancels 3000 operations in two December weeks | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Figures highlighted by Labour show 3,113 elective and 161 urgent operations were cancelled in first part of month
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Make a difference - YouTube

NHS Ayrshire & Arran in partnership with Alliance Scotland and University of West of Scotland- making a difference to those living with dementia and their ca...
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