Child Heart Surgery Units Face Closure

Many cardiology and complex surgery units across the country face closure due to concerns regarding consistency of care. Three hospitals in particular have been targeted which specialise in congenital heart problems and provide complex surgery for children and adults. The plan to close units in Leicester, Manchester and London surfaced in 2016 after a 15-year […]

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NHS reform could result in privately operated hospitals

A review lead by Sir David Dalton suggests companies could be contracted to manage publicly funded hospitals, for which he used Spain as an example. Currently, only one of the 242 hospital providers is run by a profit-making firm, Circle, which won a 10-year contract to operate Hinchinbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire. The review, headed by Sir […]

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Should hospitals have cash incentives to reduce death rates?

Long term effects of monetary bonus dwindling Researchers have found that the Advancing Quality scheme, which uses financial incentives to reduce hospital death rates, has seen it’s initial success begin to falter. Under the scheme, 24 hospitals based in the North West of England were offered financial rewards for reducing the number of patients dying […]

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Are ‘winter pressures’ here to stay?

Winter has always been a notoriously difficult time within the healthcare industry. Illnesses associated with the colder weather relentlessly drive up patient demand on an already overstretched and struggling NHS service. Last winter, excess deaths related to the colder months across England and Wales totaled 31,100, which is a 29% increase on the 2011/12 figures, […]

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