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NHS patients to be asked about sexuality - BBC News
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/10/16/lgbt-campaigners-call-for-nhs-to-ask-if-patients-are-transgender/ - NHS England said its hope was that by recording the data it could “ensure that no patient is discriminated against,” as health bodies are required to under the Equality Act.
A spokeswoman said collecting the data would “have no impact on the care [people] receive,” other than helping to make sure patients are being treated equally. & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/15/patients-in-england-to-be-quizzed-over-their-sexuality
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yesterday by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt considers barring walk-in patients from A&E | Society | The Guardian
“We know that the main issue contributing to pressures in A&E is not inappropriate attendance, but a lack of hospital beds, and a lack of the community support services patients need when they are discharged, so they end up staying in hospital for longer than they needed to.” [...] She added: “Maybe a pilot will identify some good ways of reducing genuinely inappropriate use of A&E, but that this idea is even circulating speaks volumes about the consequences of the government’s decision to underfund the NHS. The chancellor must take note, and respond in his budget next month.”
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3 days ago by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt considers barring walk-in patients from A&E
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has floated the idea of stopping walk-in patients from attending hospital emergency departments in an attempt to head off a winter crisis in the health service.

NHS England has denied it plans to pilot an idea that would require patients to consult their GP or NHS 111 before being allowed to go to A&E.

However, Dr Helen Thomas, its national medical adviser for integrated urgent care, said the health secretary was considering testing the idea.

“Jeremy Hunt has mentioned to some of my colleagues, maybe we should have a ‘talk before you walk’ and we may well pilot that,” Thomas told a conference, according to a recording released by the doctors’ magazine Pulse.
by:MatthewWeaver  from:TheGuardian  JeremyHunt  NHS  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom 
3 days ago by owenblacker
NHS operations could be cancelled for months this winter, senior medics warn
"If, as we expect, we see a flu outbreak, I think the NHS - in terms of both beds and clinical staff - will break far worse than last year and elective activity will almost certainly cease for several months." [...] Meanwhile, leaked documents seen by Health Service Journal suggest that an NHS trust with a history of high death rates agreed savings plans, despite warnings from its then finance director that doing so could threaten patient safety.
NHS  winter  crisis  flu  influenza  Brexit  staff  shortage  Nurses  GP  A&E  elective  care  surgery  Cancer  CVD  recruitment  hiring  immigration  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  premature  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  norovirus  adult  elderly  social  Disabled  vulnerable  frail  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  patient  safety 
4 days ago by asterisk2a
Falling number of nurses in the NHS paints a worrying picture | The King's Fund
Similar recruitment and retention problems have arisen with GPs, but here, interestingly, the government is intending to pull the international recruitment lever with a vengeance. Time will tell how successful this will be in the current environment: the plan is to attract at least some of these from other EU countries and as the nursing numbers show us, the UK is no longer quite so attractive a destination for clinical staff for obvious reasons.

At a deeper level, Brexit has again exposed the fragility of NHS workforce planning. This may be most immediate for nursing but the need for an integrated short and long-term plan for the NHS workforce long precedes Brexit. After all, there will be little point in giving the NHS its (disputed) extra £350 million a week if there are no staff to spend it on.
NHS  Brexit  UK  immigration  staff  Nurses  GP  locum  recruitment  hiring  crisis  winter  healthcare  demand  sickcare  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble 
4 days ago by asterisk2a
Thousands of Scottish cancer scans 'not viewed for a month' - The i newspaper online iNews
?~30 day backlog? 4k images // Although the number of full-time radiologists working in Scotland has increased by 7 per cent over the past five years, the number of cancer diagnostic scans taken rose at a much higher rate. The number of MRI scans and CT scans, which are both important for diagnosing cancer, increased by 67 per cent and 62 per cent respectively. “These figures are further proof of the shortages that are impacting on cancer tests across the country,” said Gregor McNie, public affairs manager in Scotland for Cancer Research UK. //&! http://www.pharmatimes.com/news/shortage_of_radiologists_risking_early_cancer_diagnosis,_says_college_1208167 - A new report from The Royal College of Radiologists is warning that a severe shortage of radiologists in the UK is risking timely diagnosis of cancer. &! http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15590225.Herald_View__Recruiting_now_is_only_half_a_solution_to_Scotland_s_radiology_crisis/ &! http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15590410.Surge_in_cancer_scans_outstripping_radiologist_numbers_as_vacancies_mount/ & https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cancer-scans-left-unread-for-weeks-dk6chgggk
NHS  Scotland  Grampian  Cancer  healthcare  demand  babyboomers  ageing  premature  waiting  time  referral  treatment  delay  chronic  sick  population  staff  shortage  locum  hiring  recruitment  Radiology 
4 days ago by asterisk2a
NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients - BBC News
Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's medical director, told the BBC he was worried about how staff would cope with a major flu outbreak.
He said the NHS was under "severe and unrelenting" pressure.
NHS  winter  crisis  influenza  flu 
4 days ago by asterisk2a

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