Should alcohol related A&E cases be charged for treatment?

Northern Ireland’s health minister concerned about NHS being “abused” Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s health minister, has recommended that patients who end up in A&E due to alcohol or drugs should pay a fee for their care. Mr Poots has expressed his worry about the number of the patients who use A&E services because of their […]

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Health secretary miscalculates A&E waiting times

Statistical slip of the tongue from Jeremy Hunt The UK Statistics Authority has warned health secretary Jeremy Hunt, over claims he made about accident and emergency waiting times in England. After reviewing the information, chair of the UK watchdog Sir Andrew Dilnot said Mr Hunt was incorrect to say in Commons that median waiting times […]

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Four in ten trusts feeling financial squeeze

Additional winter funding stripped back leaving A&E departments short Analysis by the Health Service Journal has revealed that hospital trusts are already factoring in financial deficits, as four out of ten experience increased costs due to unplanned demand on emergency services. Trusts usually receive winter pressure funding, which helps them to cope with the rising […]

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Glasgow hospital apologises to A&E patients

Outraged patients spent night on trolleys Hospital patients who were forced to spend the night in A&E on trolleys at a Glasgow hospital have been issued letters of apology from health board managers. Management blamed an “unprecedented surge in demand” at several hospitals in the city for the lackluster treatment, which saw a total of 17 planned […]

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