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London GPs told to restrict specialist referrals under new NHS 'rationing' plan | Society | The Guardian
They include significantly reducing referrals to consultants, axing some outpatient appointments and replacing them with a phone conversation, and urging GPs to find “alternative ways” of dealing with patients who need hospital referrals.
NHS  Austerity  patient  safety  misdiagnosis  late  diagnosis  healthcare  rationing  GP 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
NHS 'reality check' for PM Boris Johnson - BBC News
The Royal College of Surgeons says nothing short of a long-term plan to increase the number of beds and staff and resources to run the wards will suffice.
[...]
Sally Gainsbury, of the Nuffield Trust, was the first analyst to highlight the funding mechanism. She argued that "to claim this as new money is a little like finally giving back the £10 you borrowed some time ago - and expecting to be applauded wildly".
NHS  Austerity  sickcare  demand  ageing  population  premature  Cancer  CVD  Diabetes  rationing  staff  bed  shortage  crisis  Boris  Johnson  Brexit  CON-servative  Conservative  Party 
august 2019 by asterisk2a
Capita seeks to reverse 'reputational damage' after death of claimant - BBC News
Every Pip case undertaken by Unite members in Stoke-on-Trent with the specific health care professional in Victoria's case has been overturned by the social security tribunals.
Capita  PIP  disabled  disability  NHS  Austerity  rationing  ESA  mental  health  chronic  condition  sickcare 
august 2019 by asterisk2a
Police under huge strain and need radical reform, says watchdog | UK news | The Guardian
Chief inspector of constabulary says criminal justice system is ‘dysfunctional and defective’
[...] Winsor called for greater rehabilitation of prisoners because many jails “were full of people who were ill rather than bad”.
Police  Justice  Austerity  injustice  nasty  Party  Theresa  May  Conservative  CON-servative  mental  health  homeless  homelessness  NHS  rationing 
july 2019 by asterisk2a
Bed shortages lead to patient 'harm' in South Tees - BBC News
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates and inspects health and social care services in England, visited the hospitals in January and February.

It said: "Harm had occurred to patients from three serious incidents because critical care beds were not available.

"Staff were not reporting staffing shortages and their impact, and infection control breaches were due to the service not being able to isolate patients with an infection."

The CQC said its inspectors "found a lack of assurance that nurse staffing levels were appropriate to safely care for patients".

It added: "Whilst leaders were aware of some of the risks, issues and challenges they were not always acted upon in an effective or timely manner."
NHS  Austerity  CQC  patient  safety  rationing  healthcare 
july 2019 by asterisk2a
Is the NHS's long-term plan workable? - BBC News
Bleak picture
Budgets for public health (including prevention) and training of nurses, doctors and other staff have not yet been set out and, if less generous than the NHS settlement, they could affect the ability of the service to deliver the long-term plan, in the view of the report authors.

And what of the short term? The watchdog paints a bleak picture.

The financial health of some trusts, it says, is getting worse.
NHS  social  care  Council  elderly  adult  long-term  plan  Theresa  May  Conservative  Austerity  chronic  sickcare  sick  population  ageing  demographics  Cancer  Obesity  CVD  diabetes  rationing  mental  health  staff  crisis  hiring  locum  CAMHS  prevention  public  Privatisation 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
(1160) The Christian volunteers doing police work in Reading: 'I'll ask God to intervene' - YouTube
As government cuts affect police numbers, Reading is feeling the pinch. With one officer claiming there are ‘very serious jobs, for instance stabbings, that we cannot get to’, Thames Valley police have turned to a group of Christian volunteers to help them police the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights. As well as keeping an eye out for trouble and known criminals, the Street Pastors care for people in no fit state to get home, and even run a taxi service for people too drunk for most drivers to accept

• Filmed in Reading town centre on 28 and 29 September 2018.

"we are doing a disservice the victims as we can not attent to all calls"
Police  Austerity  UK  rationing  justice  injustice 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
Tory police cuts behind wave of knife crime, says ex-Met chief | UK news | The Guardian
Lord Blair warns that the benefits of neighbourhood policing are being lost because of financial pressures
Police  crime  knife  Austerity  UK  rationing  Justice 
november 2018 by asterisk2a
Focus on violent crime not misogyny, says police chief - BBC News
She added: "Neither investigating gender-based hate crime or investigating allegations against those who have died are necessarily bad things - I just argue that they cannot be priorities for a service that is over-stretched." [...] Security minister Ben Wallace said police should prioritise resources based on the level of harm caused by a crime, and forces were free to make these decisions as they saw fit.
&! https://drugstoreculture.com/remember-what-hate-crimes-actually-are/ - Drugstoreculture is run by MatthewDAcosna centrist tory reporter insider.
UK  Police  rationing  Austerity  justice  injustice  Britain 
november 2018 by asterisk2a
‘A wall built to keep people out’: the cruel, bureaucratic maze of children’s services | Society | The Guardian
its common accpeted practice in neoliberalism, to make access to the welfare state as difficult as possible, studies have showm the more hurdles and loops, the less people apply, and people report, they don't apply even if eligeble, because of burocracy
UK  Austerity  rationing  Council 
november 2018 by asterisk2a
Girl, 6, died of sepsis after hospital 'missed opportunities' to treat her | UK news | The Guardian
The report added: “A primary contributory factor was the inadequate staffing resources to manage the patient cohort.”

/&! Record number of children's operations cancelled last year - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/27/record-number-of-childrens-operations-cancelled-last-year --- We also have less beds available due to reduced resources – beds and staff – as a result of the financial pressures the NHS has faced over recent years.
NHS  rationing  Austerity  bedblocking  bed  shortage 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
Policing at 'tipping point' over budget cuts, warns police chief | UK news | The Guardian
West Midlands chief constable says agreement needed on what police should stop doing
UK  Austerity  Police  rationing  NHS  Council 
october 2018 by asterisk2a

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