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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 patient data plans unachievable, review finds

NHS patient data plans unachievable, review finds | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The government’s ambitious plans to provide online access to medical records and to suck up and store all patient data are unachievable, an official review has concluded.

In a damning assessment, the Major Projects Authority said both care.data – a plan to link and store all patient data in a single database – and NHS Choices – the website supposed to allow users to log in and access medical services – had “major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality and/or benefits delivery, which at this stage do not appear to be manageable or resolvable”.

In the case of care.data, which was supposed to restart this summer after a series of blunders exposed serious issues relating to patient confidentiality, the authority said the project’s scope had not been defined, there was no senior officer responsible for it, and it needed to “reconstitute [a] programme board with a clear role and responsibilities”.
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What a sad (and expensive) tale this has become... Read the full report to find out why.

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Seven-day NHS plan could lead to big staff shortages, says pay review

Seven-day NHS plan could lead to big staff shortages, says pay review | nhswatch | Scoop.it
David Cameron’s dream of seven-day NHS services is under threat from big staff shortages and could lead to workers quitting in protest if allowances for unsocial hours are cut, the government’s independent pay advisers have warned.

Setting out his “25-year vision for the NHS” in London, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warned that the cost of week-round services would be prohibitive without changes to existing premium payments for unsocial hours and shift work. Not counting overtime, these payments cost £1.8bn a year in England.

But the NHS pay review body, which recommends pay for non-medical staff, said the current payment system should not be abandoned without a wider review of health service salaries.

The warnings delighted health unions, which had been horrified by Hunt’s plans to introduce radical changes to pay and shift patterns. Hunt was also attacked by senior doctors over his threat to force them to work weekends, unless they do so by agreement within six weeks. The British Medical Association condemned the move as “a wholesale attack on doctors”, and there was speculation that consultants could consider taking industrial action in protest.
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Why Jeremy Hunt is wrong: NHS medical staff respond to ultimatum

Why Jeremy Hunt is wrong: NHS medical staff respond to ultimatum | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has given NHS consultants an ultimatum: agree to work weekends within six weeks, or a seven-day contract and cuts to overtime pay will be imposed from April 2017, he said in a speech at the King’s Fund in London.

The British Medical Association (BMA) called Hunt’s plans a “wholesale attack on doctors” and said that the government was attempting to distract from its lack of investment in emergency care.

The head of the BMA, Dr Mark Porter, told the BBC that doctors supported an improved, seven-day NHS service, but other factors were to blame, including a lack of resources.

We asked NHS medical staff what they think of Jeremy Hunt’s comments, and the reality of imposing seven-day weeks on consultants.
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End of the thermometer as first NHS hospital trials wireless monitoring

End of the thermometer as first NHS hospital trials wireless monitoring | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The era of a nurse diligently making the rounds with a thermometer may be coming to an end after a British hospital began trialling new technology which monitors vital signs remotely.

St James’s University Hospital, in Leeds, has become the first to ask patients to wear a lightweight wireless patch which checks heart rate, respiration and temperature.

The patch takes readings every two minutes and sends the data wirelessly to hospital IT systems. If the readings exceed pre-set thresholds, alerts are issued to nurses on handheld devices who can then respond immediately.

The initial trial will take place on 100 patients recovering from bowel surgery who are at significant risk of problems.

It is hoped the early warning system will help nurses spot any deterioration quickly to before life threatening complications emerge. It could also reduce the need for more expensive treatments and shorten hospital stays.
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Wheelchair users to launch challenge to improve NHS service

Wheelchair users to launch challenge to improve NHS service | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A wheelchair campaign group led by Tanni Grey-Thompson is launching a charter on Monday calling for an improvement in wheelchair provision.

The Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, set up earlier this year, will present a 10-point document in parliament to politicians, providers and manufacturers, urging them to commit to the development of an effective NHS wheelchair service. The alliance says that delays in service cause waste and harm to wheelchair users.

Lady Grey-Thompson, an 11-time Paralympic gold medal winner, said: “For too long wheelchair services have been inadequate and it is time that wheelchair users are listened to and provided a proper service, rather than being marginalised.”
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​Tax on fizzy drinks could be introduced to battle obesity

​Tax on fizzy drinks could be introduced to battle obesity | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Would you buy a litre of coke for £1.80? Would you shell out £2.40, just for a can of red bull?

That's the price you'll have to pay for fizzy drinks, should a 20% tax increase come into play.

The British Medical Association (BMA) – a body representing 150,000 UK doctors – has called for taxes to be added to unhealthy food and drink, so to steer children away from the unhealthy ingredients.

It said that a 20% tax on fizzy and fruit drinks could reduce the commonness of obesity in the UK by around 180,000 people.
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The Treasury, the Budget and the NHS - BBC News

The Treasury, the Budget and the NHS - BBC News | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The big decisions on financing the NHS over the next few years are likely to come in the autumn with the departmental spending review.

Beyond a restatement of the commitment to an extra £8bn in 2020, the chancellor's Budget is likely to focus on welfare spending rather than the protected departments like health.

But, for what will be one of the most important domestic policy decisions made by this government, detailed analysis of the financial needs of the NHS in England is under way.

Department of Health and Treasury officials are poring over projections for health demand. They need to be sure that the £8bn identified by NHS chiefs is realistic. That figure was reached after assuming highly ambitious efficiency savings of £22bn by 2020. Ministers want to be assured that figure is achievable.
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Bradford NHS CIO is innovating in the face of austerity

Bradford NHS CIO is innovating in the face of austerity | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Never before in its history has the NHS come under finer scrutiny. A perfect storm of the deficit and austerity measures, our aging and swelling population and increased media scrutiny is putting huge pressure on a service that is often taken for granted, but is one of the greatest achievements in modern society.

The NHS hasn’t changed in its outlook much since its conception in 1948 – after all, the drivers are the same, but the world is a very different place. Fortunately, not all of these changes have been to the NHS’ detriment.

Technological innovation and increased understanding of how you can utilise information to improve and streamline care and services are now key weapons in the NHS armament, and their role in a future NHS transformed by current fiscal concerns will be central.
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The way trainee GPs are employed could change

The way trainee GPs are employed could change | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The Welsh Government is planning to simplify the way trainee GPs are employed in Wales.

Until now, doctors undergoing placements have been employed by the surgery they are working in, which has resulted in a several changes has meant that doctors can change employers a number of times during their training.
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It's a dirty little secret of the NHS, but patients who complain get better care

It's a dirty little secret of the NHS, but patients who complain get better care | nhswatch | Scoop.it

There’s a fact that’s common knowledge among those of us who work in the NHS. We pretend it doesn’t exist, deny it to each other even, and would certainly never admit it to patients.

The dirty little secret is simple; if you are a patient who makes a complaint, or causes a fuss on the ward, you’ll probably receive better care from those employed to look after you.

 

Everyone would surely agree that this isn’t fair. Unfortunately it seems that as soon as a patient complains, or utters even a word of discontent, there is immediate commotion; a state of complete panic setting in among the ward staff. Suddenly consultants who haven’t been seen outside of their offices for months appear on the ward, stern faced and on the hunt for someone to blame. How dare one of their patients have cause for complaint. And who is the junior doctor responsible for this?

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Private health lobby advised on NHS privatisation review

Private health lobby advised on NHS privatisation review | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The authors of a major report on changes to NHS hospitals failed to declare that a lobbying network for the private healthcare industry was on its advisory panel, new documents suggest.

The Dalton review, a government-commissioned report which last year concluded that private companies could oversee management of NHS hospitals, was advised by a panel of experts that included Jim Easton, the managing director of private health firm Care UK.

The report claimed panel members were advising “in a personal capacity, rather than as representatives of their organisations”. But documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal Easton was in fact representing the NHS Partners Network, the UK’s primary lobbying group for the private healthcare sector.

When asked by the Guardian about his role, Easton, a senior civil servant at the Department of Health until 2012, denied that he had breached rules preventing him from lobbying the government for two years.
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East Sussex NHS Trust apologies over data breach

East Sussex NHS Trust apologies over data breach | nhswatch | Scoop.it
More than 3,000 patients have been sent a letter of apology by the NHS after a computer memory stick containing their personal information was found by a member of the public.

East Sussex NHS Trust said the stick had been left by a member of staff near a trust building.

The information was not password protected.

The trust said it took data security "extremely seriously" and the loss was an "isolated incident".
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Patients could be charged for missed NHS appointments, says Jeremy Hunt

Patients could be charged for missed NHS appointments, says Jeremy Hunt | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The government favours the idea of charging patients who miss NHS appointments to ensure people take greater responsibility for the use of precious resources, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said.

But in an appearance on BBC1’s Question Time, he admitted that imposing such charges would be difficult to enforce.

Hunt said the government had taken a first step towards introducing greater responsibility for the use of resources by introducing measures to ensure that patients who miss appointments are told how much NHS money they have wasted.

However, it emerged that the health secretary misspoke as no announcement had been made and ministers and officials at the Department of Health were in fact still working on the plan.
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'Dear Mr Cameron': Junior doctor's angry letter to PM over NHS plans wins support of thousands

'Dear Mr Cameron': Junior doctor's angry letter to PM over NHS plans wins support of thousands | nhswatch | Scoop.it
'Dear Mr Cameron': Junior doctor's angry letter to PM ov
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Read the letter in full. - I doubt that the PM or Mr. Hunt will bother to worry about this as they make the changes that 'they' want irrespective of what anyone else says.

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The principle of a free, taxpayer-funded NHS 'must be questioned', says Tory health minister

The principle of a free, taxpayer-funded NHS 'must be questioned', says Tory health minister | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The idea that the NHS can remain taxpayer-funded and free needs to be re-examined as costs rise, a Conservative health minister has said.

Lord Prior, the Government’s minister for NHS Productivity, is moving to set up an independent inquiry into whether the current free-at-the-point-of-use service is sustainable.

“At heart, our ability to have a world-class health system will depend on our ability to create the wealth in this country to fund it,” he told peers in the House of Lords who had raised the issue.
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Perhaps he should moved to the USA to experience what he is implying!

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Cancer taskforce tells NHS: get up to date and save 30,000 lives a year

Cancer taskforce tells NHS: get up to date and save 30,000 lives a year | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A new cancer strategy involving a “radical” shake-up in public health prevention and the upgrading of outdated equipment could save 30,000 lives a year, according to its proponents.

A report by the Independent Cancer Taskforce has suggested six “strategic priorities” for the NHS to make “substantial improvements” in cancer care in England at a time when cancer cases are rising.

It said 280,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in England in 2013/14 and this was expected to reach more than 300,000 by 2020, and more than 360,000 by 2030.

One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives.

The taskforce, which was set up by NHS England in January to develop the next cancer strategy, said that with survival rates also increasing each year more and more people were living with cancer.
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Junior doctor’s open letter to David Cameron goes viral

Junior doctor’s open letter to David Cameron goes viral | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A junior doctor’s damning open letter to the Prime Minister highlighting NHS workers’ low pay and long hours has been shared online more than 100,000 times, after the Government announced plans to push for seven-day services.
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Thousands of patients left waiting in ambulances outside Hull Royal Infirmary

Thousands of patients left waiting in ambulances outside Hull Royal Infirmary | nhswatch | Scoop.it
MORE than 5,000 patients have had to wait longer than the government target time in the back of ambulances outside Hull Royal Infirmary before they can be helped by emergency staff, new figures show.

Figures show 1,929 patients waited in ambulances for more than an hour while 3,087 waited more than 30 minutes between December and May.

Some patients have had to wait more than four times longer than the 15-minute target time once they have been rushed to hospital in ambulances before they see emergency staff.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is drafting in extra staff so critically ill patients can be assessed more quickly, freeing up ambulances crews to handle more 999 calls.
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Girl suffers horrific giant hogweed burns

Girl suffers horrific giant hogweed burns | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Lauren Fuller was building a den by a riverbank when the scooped up the invasive plant, which grows wild across large swathes of the countryside.

Within 24 hours she had bright red burns on her hands and cheeks - but when her parents took her to hospital, they were told it was just sunburn.

Unsatisfied with the diagnosis, they Googled their daughter's symptoms and quickly realised she was a victim of Giant Hogweed.

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Call for action on Scottish NHS 'failings'

Call for action on Scottish NHS 'failings' | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A body representing health professionals in Scotland has said major changes are needed to address "systemic failures" in the NHS.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties said staffing and leadership were particular concerns.

It recommended the Scottish government and NHS boards agree minimum safe staffing levels for all professions in hospitals.

The Scottish government said NHS staffing was at its highest-ever level.

The academy set up a working group to look at how the health service could learn from past failures.
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Ministers rein in the lawyers who overcharge NHS millions

Ministers rein in the lawyers who overcharge NHS millions | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Ministers are clamping down on lawyers who overcharge the NHS in clinical negligence cases – earning in some cases 10 times what their client receives in compensation – by setting a cap on their fees.

As part of a Department of Health plan to save the NHS up to £80m a year, legal costs for claims up to £100,000 would be fixed. The lawyer’s fee would reflect a percentage of the compensation received by the patient.

Ben Gummer, the health minister, is pushing through the changes in a bid to reduce the legal fees bill paid out over clinical negligence claims, which amounted to £259m in 2013-14. Currently, there is no limit on legal fees even if the compensation claim is small, meaning lawyers can claim extortionate fees for low-cost cases.

In one case, a source at the Department of Health said, a lawyer pocketed £175,000 while the patient received just £11,800 in damages. In another, the legal bill was more than £80,000 while the patient only received £1,000, although the legal bill was later reduced to less than £5,000 by the courts after a successful challenge by NHS Litigation Authority.
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FOI reveals 10,000 NHS staff complained about amount of qualified staff

FOI reveals 10,000 NHS staff complained about amount of qualified staff | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A Freedom of Information request revealed that 10,395 official staff complaints about staff levels have been made since 2012
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New proposals are revealed to future proof the NHS in Wales

New proposals are revealed to future proof the NHS in Wales | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Proposals to strengthen the Welsh NHS and make health providers more accountable for their mistakes have been outlined as part of a new Welsh Government Green Paper.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford will today outline a range of future laws to improve transparency between medical professionals and their patients and improve existing rules and guidelines.

It includes proposals to introduce a “legal duty of candour” for all NHS staff who would be required by law to investigate complaints across health and social care services.

It also features plans to merge Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) to create a single inspectorate body.
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Aspirin, loo roll and surgery: true cost of the NHS revealed

Aspirin, loo roll and surgery: true cost of the NHS revealed | nhswatch | Scoop.it
It employs 1.3 million people, more than the population of Newcastle, Bristol and Liverpool combined; and its total annual budget of £115 billion is almost as high as New Zealand’s entire gross domestic product.

With warnings that it may experience a £22 billion shortfall by 2020, the finances of the NHS have never been under greater scrutiny. Now, an investigation by The Telegraph paints the most authoritative picture yet of where tax payers’ cash – equivalent to £2,000 per person – goes.
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The Silent Casualties of the NHS

The Silent Casualties of the NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Sheila is 82 years old. She has lived in the same house, in the same village all her life. She never married, has one distant relative she doesn't speak to, and rarely comes to the surgery. She always drives herself to her appointments. She never forgets to come. In the last few years, Sheila's health has become more complicated. She had raised blood pressure on a routine check. The blood tests showed she was diabetic. Her blood sugar control was erratic.

 

A concerned neighbour rang the surgery a month ago - Sheila was unwell. She had a cough which hadn't gone, and now looked ill. They brought her into the surgery, and she was admitted straight away. The diagnosis was bronchopneumonia, complicated by poor diabetic control. She stayed in hospital for 10 days; a long time in an era of rapid discharges and bed pressures. She was discharged home on insulin to improve her diabetic control. A fax was sent to the district nurses to go and deliver the necessary equipment the next day.

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NHS England says no to Morquio drug, passing decision to watchdog

NHS England says no to Morquio drug, passing decision to watchdog | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Children suffering from the rare, life-shortening disease face a 16-week wait while Nice conducts a cost-effective analysis Children with the rare, life-shortening disease Morquio syndrome will not get a new drug that their families and friends...
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