Severe shortage of radiologists in the NHS

  • January 9th, 2018
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Senior doctors have warned a lack of radiologists, especially interventional radiologists, is putting patients at risk. The government revealed more than a quarter of NHS Trusts in England don’t have enough radiologists, meaning patients needing surgery often have to experience more invasive operations, leading to putting them at higher risk. Recent figures have revealed on […]

Bed shortage crisis in England alarms NHS bosses

  • December 8th, 2017
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A recent report by NHS Providers uncovered fears that Britain could be hit by the worst flu strain in decades, with hospitals close to 99% full, far over the 85% limit previously anticipated. Chief executives from hospitals across the UK have raised concerns patients could be harmed, and understaffed wards will be unable to cope […]

NHS nurses fear quality of care is suffering

  • October 2nd, 2017
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A recent survey, published in a new RCN report, revealed 30,000 nurses are too busy to relieve patient’s pain or give them their medication on time, due to mounting pressures within the NHS. According to the survey, around 53% of nurses fear the quality of care is suffering. Staff shortages often mean nurses are left […]

Increase in NHS mental health patients treated privately

  • May 4th, 2017
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Mental health Trusts across the UK are becoming increasingly dependable on private hospitals to deliver care to patients. Over five years the NHS spending on private mental health beds went up by 42%. There is a chronic shortage of beds in NHS hospitals, which often means that some patients are placed in private units that […]

GPs could charge patients for out-of-hours treatment

  • January 30th, 2017
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Patients could have to pay for out-of-hours appointments with their GP, it has been reported. Doctors could use their own time during evenings and weekends to treat and charge patients in a way that does not conflict with their NHS contractual arrangements. Proposals show patients could also have the option of buying procedures such as […]

Will proof of ID be needed for NHS care?

  • November 22nd, 2016
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Every NHS patient could be asked to show their passport before receiving care, a senior civil servant at the Department of Health has said. Chris Wormald, the permanent secretary, said the Government was considering rolling out the ‘controversial’ plans as the NHS has ‘a lot further to go’ in reclaiming money for treating foreign visitors. […]