King’s Fund Economist claims useful data being ignored

John Appleby, the chief economist at the King’s Fund, announced the NHS is ignoring incredibly useful data which is cheap, relevant and easy to collect and sheds light on the NHS. This data is known as proms. They are respected and provide useful information, however since their conceptualisation, their use has barely progressed at all […]

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Are GP working hours safe?

Leading official lays bare GP concerns GP and senior Care Quality Commission official Professor Steve Field has stated that GP’s working hours will need to be closely monitored to ensure the safety of patients and the well being of staff. The chief inspector of family doctors in England has also warned against the rising demands […]

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79% of whistleblowers are being bullied

Can an open complaints culture be achieved within the NHS? Campaigners are still striving for a more open whistleblowing culture for NHS staff, as employees wishing to raise complaints are continually coming up against problems, such as bullying. Despite public inquiries recommending the promotion of whistleblowing, campaigning group Patients’ First believe that a ‘culture of fear’ […]

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Is healthcare funding distributed fairly?

Unfair system could see some services underfunded A report by the National Audit Office has revealed that some local healthcare services across England have been underfunded, as the government use an unfair system to allocate £79 billion to resources. The NAO claims that many funding decisions are being made on individual civil servants’ judgments rather […]

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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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