Are online consultations the way forward?

Wales offer elderly digital appointments Elderly patients could be offered online consultations with hospital doctors to prevent them having to travel long distances for appointments. The pilot scheme in rural north Wales will see patients be able to go to their local GP surgery and have an internet video link appointment with their hospital consultant. The […]

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Will a new payment scheme be introduced to A&E departments?

Payments by results initiative could be ditched NHS England and Monitor have suggested a national reform of the way emergency care is funded, in a bid to introduce changes put forward by the Keogh review. Currently, A&E departments are paid on an activity based ‘payment by results’ tariff, however this system is said to “bear little or no […]

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Should doctors face strict sanctions?

Doctors who make mistakes could face tougher penalties The General Medical Council (GMC) is considering imposing harsher sanctions against doctors who make mistakes when treating their patients. New plans could even force medics to apologise if they have previously refused to do so, with the medical regulator also wanting to be able to restrict the […]

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Why doctors make bad mental health patients

Doctors are notorious for being labelled as ‘bad’ patients – delaying seeing their GP and presenting late for treatment are just a couple of key examples. Mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, addiction and even suicide in extreme cases, are becoming increasingly common among medics, with female doctors two and a half times more likely to […]

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Patient waits in ambulance for over 8 hours

Ambulances left queuing outside A&E for hours New research shows that around 300,000 ambulances were left queuing outside hospitals last year, with patients waiting to be seen in A&E. One patient waited for over eight hours. The figures, collected by Labour, show that despite the 15 minute nationally agreed standard, patients were kept waiting for […]

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Jeremy Hunt says money shouldn’t affect care standards

A lack of funding is not an excuse for poor care, says the health secretary Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has declared that a lack of money is no excuse to deliver poor care, after the trusts placed in special measures estimate a collective deficit of almost £140 million this year. Five of the 11 trusts […]

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Why more doctors may not be the answer to doctor shortages

Expert looks to technology and changing healthcare models to cater for growing population Prominent medic Joshua Liu, MD has stated that hiring more doctors is not the solution for the American doctor shortage, and that instead, closer focus should be on how healthcare is going to evolve over the coming years. Writing for The Health […]

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