NHS funding crisis – who’s at risk of closure?

  • November 17th, 2017
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Recent reports have revealed hundreds of GP surgeries, A&E units and walk-in centres are facing closure due to NHS financial problems, understaffing and modernisation plans. Over the past four months 70 NHS services across England have been shut down or have been downgraded, some of which included maternity units and community hospitals. Holly Maltby, a […]

Leaked figures suggest January was worst month for A&E

  • February 9th, 2017
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Leaked data shows A&E wards in England experienced the worst month of delays in January, with a record number of patients waiting for longer than the four-hour target. 13 years since the four-hour target was introduced, the leaked figures, which were compiled by regulator NHS Improvement, also suggest a record high for patients waiting more […]

Four-hour A&E target only meant for urgent cases

  • January 11th, 2017
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the four-hour A&E target should now only apply to ‘urgent’ cases. In a statement to Parliament, Mr Hunt said the government was ‘committed to maintaining’ the target, however if the standard was to be ‘protected’ it might only need to be applied to patients with urgent needs rather than […]

A&E trolley waits reach four hours – and expected to get worse

  • December 8th, 2016
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There’s been a sharp increase in ‘trolley waits’ in A&E departments – and experts warn it will get worse. Data from the BBC show almost 475,000 patients waited for more than four hours for a hospital bed between October 2015 and September 2016. This is nearly five times the amount of people waiting for a […]

Could A&E departments in England be downgraded?

  • November 14th, 2016
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A leaked report have shown plans to downgrade three A&E departments in Cheshire and Merseyside as part of NHS budget cuts. NHS bosses in Cheshire and Merseyside have been asked to make £909m cuts by 2020, however have played down talks of immediate closures. The report suggested that two of the three A&E units in […]