Inequality of NHS funding affects mental health services

  • January 16th, 2018
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A new report published by the King’s fund has revealed physical health services in the UK are still receiving bigger budgets, despite ministers repeatedly stressing the need to increase mental health service funding. Figures show the budgets of NHS mental health Trusts in England increased by only 2% in 2016-17, compared to the 6% boost […]

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 […]

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 […]

Winter pressures warning for the NHS

  • September 19th, 2017
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Back in June, it was highlighted preparations needed to be made for the coming winter months, with the NHS warning ‘unless we do something now to manage the risk for winter, there is trouble ahead.’ Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said ‘the top priority for every part of the NHS’ was to avoid […]

NHS will pay recruiters £100 million to plug staffing gaps

  • September 1st, 2017
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Starting in the autumn, recruiters will be paid £100 million to find enough doctors to fill NHS staffing gaps, as a seven day working week comes into force. The NHS recruitment drive will take place over the next three and years, with an estimated 5,000 more GPs will be needed; with almost half coming from […]

Report warns England could face a shortfall of nurses by 2020

  • May 17th, 2017
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A new Health Foundation report has recently found that England could face a shortfall of 42,000 nurses 2020, equivalent to 12% of the nursing workforce. The report reveals almost half of all nurses are concerned that there is not a sufficient amount of nurses to allow them to do their job properly. It was also […]

Two in five GPs in the South West plan to quit

  • May 4th, 2017
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A survey has found that two in five GPs in the South West of England are planning to quit, exposing a potential threat for doctors in the NHS. Survey figures published last month showed that there had been a drop in the number of GPs working, despite the Government’s aim of recruiting 5,000 more by […]

NHS crisis revealed as 3,000 doctors are needed by winter

  • November 10th, 2016
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Accident & Emergency departments need almost 3,000 more doctors to cope with a winter predicted to be more difficult than the last. Hospitals face unprecedented challenges with record occupancy levels leaving too few empty beds to cope with surges in demand. The report by the Commons Health Select Committee states that health services coped last […]

Nursing shortages could be made worse following EU vote

  • July 8th, 2016
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Following the vote to leave the EU, a shortage of nurses in the UK will continue for years to come and could get worse, experts are predicting. A new report from the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) has recommended the government grant up to 15,000 visas for nurses from outside the EU over the next […]