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 […]

British Red Cross warns of NHS ‘humanitarian crisis’

  • January 9th, 2017
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The Government has dismissed claims from the British Red Cross that hospitals in England are facing a ‘humanitarian crisis’. The British Red Cross claimed hospitals and ambulance services are struggling to keep up with the rising demands, following the death of two patients on trolleys in the A&E department of Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Health Secretary […]

25% rise in student doctor places for NHS

  • October 6th, 2016
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The number of medical school places will increase by 25% in a bid to make NHS England ‘self-sufficient’. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced there will be 1,500 additional training places available each year, however he has called for greater loyalty to the NHS in return. The trainees will need to work for the NHS for […]

BMA suspends strikes due to patient safety concerns

  • September 26th, 2016
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Junior doctors have called off planned strikes in October, November and December, due to concerns that stopping work for an extended period would endanger patients. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the proposed new contract conditions are fair and will help to provide a seven-day NHS, however junior doctors have argued that it is unsafe and […]

Former Health Secretary calls for extra £5bn for NHS

  • September 23rd, 2016
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Former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has called for an extra £5bn a year to be given to the NHS as part of a “Brexit bonus”. The former Conservative MP said the public are right to feel the NHS should receive additional funding following Leave campaigners’ £350m pledge to the NHS prior to the EU referendum […]

Junior doctors in High Court

  • September 19th, 2016
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Justice for Health, a campaign group formed by junior doctors, will go to the High Court on the 19th and 20th September to challenge the new junior doctor contract. The new contract, which is due to be introduced next month, has been described as ‘unsafe and unsustainable’ by the campaign group. The group have received […]