Know your numbers!

When we say ‘know your numbers’ we don’t mean your age, height or weight. On this occasion we mean your blood pressure numbers. Do you know your systolic and diastolic figures? Between the 12-18th of September Blood Pressure UK aims to educate the nation; encouraging each of us to check our numbers and to take […]

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Cameron confesses NHS is under pressure

Prime Minister David Cameron has said accident and emergency units are 0.3% short of meeting their 95% target of patients waiting four hours maximum before being seen. The PM has admitted the NHS is under pressure and suffering as a result of the influx of patients visiting accident and emergency units. David Cameron acknowledged that […]

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£400 million funding given to ease pressure on A&E

“Unexpectedly high” demand for acute service The NHS Trust Development Authority is set to investigate the “unexpectedly high” demand for acute services, which has seen winter pressures roll over into the summer months. The work is due to examine the causes behind the apparent surge in demand and how trusts had responded, with many hospitals missing national A&E […]

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GP phone consultations increase workload by 33%

75% of patients require a second consultation A new study has shown that introducing GP phone consultations instead of face to face appointments does not ease pressures in hectic surgeries – in fact, it increases the workload. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School analysed 42 practices, where a GP or nurse phoned back […]

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“Unable to absorb the pressures” of care system

Survey says council-run care is unsustainable Social services chiefs have stated that council-run care systems for the elderly and disabled adults is increasingly becoming unsustainable, due to increasing funding cuts yet rising demands. The survey of 144 social care departments across England discovered that savings of over a quarter have had to be made since 2010, […]

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GP’s quitting under increasing pressure

New campaign searching for long term solutions for GP’s Doctors’ leaders claim that piling pressure on GP’s is leading to a recruitment and retention crisis, with demands for more doctors and cash. The ten minute appointment slot system is deemed unsuitable in current climates, with 340 million people booking appointments over the year, which is […]

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