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Autism diagnoses 'could be reduced under NHS plan' - BBC News
Proposals to reduce the number of children being diagnosed with autism are being considered by NHS commissioners in south-west London.
The idea of restricting an autism diagnosis to only the most severe cases was discussed earlier this month.
The local alliance of five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) says nothing has been decided yet.
But the National Autistic Society says it is "deeply concerned" about the plans.
NHS  mental  health  rationing  minority  STP  Austerity  OAP  CCG 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Life-or-death 999 call target missed for year
Crews are meant to reach patients who have had cardiac arrests or are not breathing - so-called Red 1 calls - within eight minutes.
But performance data from NHS England for May showed for the 12th month in a row the 75% target has been missed.
The target for Red 2 calls, for other life-threatening cases such as strokes, has not been met since January 2014.
During May, 70.5% of Red 1 calls were met in eight minutes and for Red 2 calls it was 65%.
NHS England blamed the problem on the rising number of calls - there have been nearly 11m in the past year, an increase of 7% on the previous year.
A&E  sick  population  chronic  disease  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  diet-related  diseases  heart  attack  stroke  NHS  NHS  England  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  premature  ageing  premature  death  cancer  OAP  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Cardiovascular  disease  dietary  cholesterol  obesity  epidemic  overweight  obesity  staff  morale  staff  shortage  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  health  care  budget  health  crisis  health  care  spending 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Surgical care shake-up ordered at Scottish hospitals to avoid waiting times crisis (From Herald Scotland)
EVERY hospital in Scotland has been ordered to re-think the way they look after patients with broken bones and worn joints amid fears waiting times for common operations will soar in the next five years.
NHS  Scotland  ageing  population  sick  population  OAP  health  care  cost  health  care  budget  health  care  demand  NHS  NHS  England  premature  ageing  osteoarthritis  osteoporosis  demographic  bubble  health  crisis  GP  prevention  intervention  diet-related  disease  lifestyle  western  world 
may 2016 by asterisk2a
The Fix: Can The Junior Doctors' Strike Save The NHS? ( Novara Media )
new junior doc contract is a back door to privatisation in the future. those new contracts. [...] some areas of healthcare will always be unprofitable ... [...] 7 day NHS is smokescreen [...] stealth cuts (pay and pension already, now contracts, and also the bursaries turned into debt contracts thus that item off the gov balance sheet) [...] "need to treat the public as grown ups ... that is how much health care for a sick and old population cost." [...] "we need honesty"
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Government should 'get its act together' over nursing shortage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35929383 - 2009-2015, nurse numbers have grown only 1.1%, while GP referrals over the same time period rose 16% and A&E admissions rose 18%. [...] not just rise in population but also more people w complex, multiple, chronic, conditions.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS in £2.4bn funding boost for GP services in England
NHS chiefs in England have announced a five-year plan to help GP surgeries "get back on their feet" and to improve access for patients. The rescue package will see an extra £2.4bn a year ploughed into services by 2020 - a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account. It will pay for 5,000 more GPs and extra staff to boost practices. [...] It means more than 10% of health spending will go on GP care - up from just over 8% currently.
OAP  GP  A&E  waiting  times  NHS  England  NHS  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  premature  ageing  diet-related  disease  chronic  disease  cancer  diabetes  obesity  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  well  being  sick  population  health  crisis  high  blood  pressure  osteoporosis  osteoarthritis  babyboomers  rationing  staff  shortage  staff  morale  locum  doctor  locum  staff  Simon  Stevens 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
"Auf ärztliches Anraten" - Roxette sagen geplante Welt-Tournee ab
Bei der 57-Jährigen war 2002 ein Hirntumor diagnostiziert worden, sie galt aber als geheilt. Ob die Absage mit Nachwirkungen der damaligen Erkrankung zusammenhänge, konnte eine Sprecherin auf Anfrage nicht sagen. //&! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Fredriksson#Cancer - she underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor. It was malignant and she endured months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She had difficulties reading, writing and counting for a period of time, and is now blind in her right eye. [...] On 18 April 2016 Roxette announced that their 30th anniversary summer tour was cancelled as advised by Fredriksson's doctors. [...] [from FB page] " However, singer Marie Fredriksson has been advised by her doctors to refrain from touring and as a consequence all the summer shows are cancelled. [...] 'Sadly, now my touring days are over'"
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
GP appointment waiting times crisis revealed in Labour research
Research finds 14.2m patients waited a week to see their doctor or did not manage to get an appointment at all in 2015 [...] Many of the UK’s 9,770 GP surgeries are struggling to cope with a growing and ageing population and as pressures have risen, the number of GPs has not kept pace, with an increasing number opting for early retirement. That has coincided with a failure to attract enough graduate medics into choosing general practice as a career.

Labour, which conducted the research, said constituents have desperately sought their help to get a GP appointment. The revelation in December that patients were having to queue in the dark from 6.30am outside their surgery in Surrey helped to highlight the problem.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
A&E delays reach new record level
A&E performance in England sank to a new low in February for the second month in a row, official figures show. [...] And in another sign of growing A&E pressures, a unit in Lancashire is being forced to close overnight from next week because of a staffing crisis. Bosses running the Chorley A&E said they had to take the step because they did not have the doctors to staff the unit. //&! Staff shortage prompts Chorley Hospital A&E temporary closure - bbc.in/1Wta823 //&! Chorley A&E closure: A cautionary tale? [...] [cap on locum staff and doctor pay] Like many A&E units, Chorley relies heavily on locum staff. This is because there is a national shortage of doctors willing to work in emergency departments full time. [...] As one person put it to me: "The problems being experienced in the health services are simply too great to be resolved by knee-jerk government policies - no matter how well intentioned they are." - bbc.in/23xX0yf
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Hospital bug infecting more patients of working age in Scotland
INFECTIONS with the hospital bug clostridium difficile are rising among patients of working age in Scotland - reversing a previous crackdown. New figures show consecutive increases in the number of people under the age of 65 falling ill with C-diff, [...] "Antibiotics can also cause C-diff infections so additional information on this has been shared with our staff to try to reduce the amount antibiotics prescribed routinely in our hospitals.
Hospital-acquired  infection  post-antibiotic  era  C.  diff  antibiotic  resistance  antibiotics  OAP  ageing  population  premature  ageing  premature  death  demographic  bubble  health  care  cost  economic  damage  prevention  microbiome  Gut  Flora  food  poisining  food  born  pathogen  food  borne  illness  Meat  Industry  Poultry  Industry  kitchen  hygiene 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS surgery referrals to private sector rocket
The Press and Journal understands the increase in private referrals can be explained in part by the introduction of the Scottish Government’s 12-week treatment time guarantee in 2012. As a way of keeping to the timescale, patients can be given the choice of going elsewhere for surgery. [...] An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said the board was committed to meeting the waiting times target for all patients, but added: “Currently it is not always possible for us to do this locally. “There are protocols in place which allow for referral to other centres – both NHS and private.” [...] largely due to an increasingly ageing population. [...] “As a result, at times we have been unable to match supply with demand.
Transgender  NHS  Grampian  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  sick  population  health  crisis  health  inequality  NHS  Scotland  OAP  ageing  population  babyboomers  chronic  disease  diet-related  disease  demographic  bubble  prevention  GP  A&E  A&E  austerity  NHS  England  NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  constituency  rationing  mental  health 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS Scotland will not be able to provide the same level of service in the future unless urgent action is taken to alleviate the pressures it faces, according to a new report. The health service is struggling with tightening budgets, rising costs, higher demand for services, pressure to meet targets and increased staff vacancies, Audit Scotland said. It warned the Scottish Government has not made sufficient progress towards its 2020 vision to change the balance of healthcare to more community-based settings. [...] Boards spent £284 million on temporary staff in 2014/15, an increase of 15% from the previous financial year.

The number of agency nursing and midwifery staff increased by 53% while s pending on locum doctors increased by 22%.
NHS  Grampian  NHS  Scotland  austerity  staff  morale  staff  shortage  locum  staff  locum  doctor  SNP  health  care  budget  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  health  care  spending  sick  population  demographic  bubble  health  crisis  OAP  babyboomers  chronic  disease  diet-related  disease  cancer  heart  disease  obesity  diabetes  GP  A&E  austerity  A&E  prevention 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Second class north-east health service run down by SNP
Dr Donnie Ross claimed the SNP’s “centralisation” agenda meant the quality of care in the region was being “run down” as facilities in the central belt were being improved. He spoke out amid fears plans for a life-saving trauma centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary could be scrapped in favour of Edinburgh and Glasgow. [...] “In the long run, younger people will be sent to the central belt, while those who can’t travel will have to use a service with far less money invested and with much lower standards. [...] Dr Ross said the culture at NHS Grampian, which has been criticised in the past, discouraged doctors from speaking out against the changes. [...] “So doctors who complain about falling standards of care or ethics can be labelled ‘dysfunctional’ or ‘troublemakers’, and then got rid of by whatever means managers can concoct, while their clinical service is massively reduced or disappears altogether.” //&! bit.ly/1WfVYBb - 2nd class care.
NHS  Grampian  NHS  Scotland  austerity  health  care  demand  health  care  cost  health  care  budget  sick  population  health  crisis  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  OAP  Transgender  health  inequality  rationing 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS spending devolved in Greater Manchester
Dr Zahid Chauhan, a GP in Failsworth, Oldham, raised questions about how that money will be saved.
He said: "My concerns with all this funding deficit and loss of £2bn is that we might struggle to achieve it and who will be responsible for that?
"Will it mean less doctors, appointments and operations? I don't know, but those are the questions that need to be answered." //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a

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