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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Seven days a week GP services promised by Tories

Prime Minister strives for more flexibility Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that everyone across England will have access to GP services seven days a week by 2020. The Conservative leader has announced that a further £100 million from April 2015 will be used towards a fund that was initiated last year to increase flexibility […]

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How can recruitment agencies support the NHS?

Over the past couple of months, the media hasn’t been shy in flagging up when the NHS appears to be failing. A&E has been one department that has been particularly focused upon, with reams of facts and figures stacking up to paint a poor picture of emergency care. Not only have A&E departments across England […]

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GP surgeries could close under special measures

First time national failure regime has been introduced in England The Care Quality Commission has revealed that the special measures scheme used for hospitals will now be rolled out across GP practices, with failing surgeries facing closure. The initiative will start in October and will involve 8,000 practices being inspected by March 2016. This is […]

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Save Our Surgeries campaign fights for funding

21,000 signature petition is delivered to Downing Street Campaigners who are fighting new funding arrangements for GP surgeries took a 21,000 signature petition to Downing Street’s front door in protest. The Save our Surgeries group are urging NHS England to cease funding cuts, claiming that 22 practices across Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney could be […]

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Can localised services combat waiting list pressures?

Healthcare expert pinpoints flexible approach as waiting list solution Vanguard Healthcare chief executive Ian Gillespie believes a locally led approach can combat failed hospital waiting time targets. Writing in the Health Service Journal, Mr Gillespie notes that despite many people claiming recent pressures are seasonal, waiting lists are in fact at an all time high, […]

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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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500 patients wait over a year for an operation

Government push on completing “hidden” surgery list The NHS in England has been ordered by government to prioritise patients who have been waiting over a year for routine treatment. Ministers have stated that they want to see over 100,000 procedures carried out over the summer on patients who have had to wait longer than the […]

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