asterisk2a + england   204

GP leaders prepare for explosive vote on practices leaving the NHS | News Article | Pulse Today
Englands GP not able to take it anymore. want to private like a dentist who accepts private patients and NHS patients.
NHS  England  GP  Privatisation  Austerity  STP  CEP  healthcare  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  A&E 
13 days ago by asterisk2a
NHS waits for cancer care, A&E and ops worsen across UK - BBC News
Twelve out of 135 English hospital trusts, four out of five Northern Irish health trusts and five out of seven Welsh trusts have failed to hit any target in the past 12 months. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41656674 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41643145 << ageing population w complex care needs for chronic diseases &! Wales worst - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41649870
NHS  sickcare  demand  healthcare  health  care  Austerity  ageing  chronic  sick  population  winter  crisis  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  referrals  GP  A&E  delayed  treatment  burnout  staff  shortage  locum  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  England  Wales  Scotland  patient  safety  CQC  adult  elderly  social 
4 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Wollaston ‘concerned’ about NHS England cutting travel vaccines from prescriptions
If you cut travel vaccines (free). Was there done any risk-benefit analysis? May the cost of treatment outweigh the savings? - Stevens and NHS Public Health say, everything proper w decision.
NHS  England  Austerity  public  health 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Council and NHS in £19.5m funding row over patients staying in hospital too long - Stoke Sentinel
[first NHS Councils blame each other for little progress, now NHS Department withholding funds bc no progress from Council ] But now NHS England is threatening to withhold the cash (one tranche from the Better Care Fund) because the authority is failing to reduce its bed-blocking figures by ensuring care packages are in place. Council leaders say the target – cutting social care-related delayed transfers of care by two-thirds in eight weeks – was unrealistic and set at ‘extremely short notice’. Now they are lobbying the Government on the issue, and working with the local NHS to find alternative ways of paying for the affected services. It comes after the council had to make cuts in areas such as drug and alcohol services after the NHS withdrew £15 million last year.
NHS  England  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  elderly  social  adult  care  sickcare  healthcare  demand  health  UK  ageing  demographic  bubble  premature  chronic  sick  population  complex  diseases  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  disabled  overweight  Austerity  CEP  STP  rationing  treatment  delay  patient  safety  waiting  time  public  Crisis  winter  CCG 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Royal Cornwall hospital put in special measures after patient deaths | Society | The Guardian
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall Country, South England ... yet another one cant handle demand w given resources. // CQC put in place by tories/jeremy hunt, to do for him the clean up, otherwise if he would have to respond help w more money and clean up he would have been long gone. its outsourcing of responsibility and accountability at best, same w CCGs and re-org, tenders/privatisation, market mechanism. // see cancer surgery delay = add to excess death. same w bed blocking news, that bed blocking leads to excess deaths eg infection risk. malnutrition. wasting of muscles. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-41500555
NHS  England  STP  CEP  Austerity  CQC  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Privatisation  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  baby  boomers  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  premature  Cancer  bed  blocking  bedblocking  Council  social  adult  elderly  Disabled 
6 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Leading doctor warns frontline NHS services in danger of "disappearing altogether" | HeraldScotland
“We are unable to attract high quality candidates from throughout the UK as a result of Scottish Government policy in relation to remuneration and working conditions,” he said.

“This pattern is slowly eroding the calibre of the workforce as well as the numbers available to provide the service.”

He added: “It is only a matter of time before every health board in the land is so afflicted as services deteriorate and, in some areas, it is inevitable that the day will come when some services will disappear altogether. This is not scaremongering. This is what is happening.”
NHS  Scotland  England  recruitment  hiring  crisis  staff  shortage  training  education  policy  UK  locum  morale  health  care  demand  rationing  waiting  time  delayed  treatment  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  medical  advances  STP  CEP  Austerity  paycap  public  services  CCG  NICE  mental  Council 
6 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem - BBC News
Over 10 years NHS prescriped 100% more anti-depressants. Medicalised Society. Parked indefinetly on management medication no healing. Left behind. // But so too is the fact prescribing patterns have changed. Doctors are much more likely to keep people on drugs for longer with evidence suggesting it is a more effective way of treating patients.
But as common as antidepressants are, the fact remains the majority of people with mental illness report they are not getting help.
Only one in three of those polled said they were receiving treatment, according to NHS Digital.
NHS  Society  Gesellschaft  mental  health  big  pharma  GP  care  demand  Austerity  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  self-medication  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  working  poor  Precariat  poverty  trap  Deprivation  Depression  public  economic  damage  prevention  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  well  being  welfare  DWP  JSA  ESA  Selbstdarstellung  Consumer  unhappy  Consumerism  consumerist  Capitalism  Exploitation  Scotland  England  Jeremy  Hunt  CCG  Simon  Stevens  accountability  Theresa  May  unemployment  prejudice  stigma  Disabled 
6 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Chronic ill health among working age population poses 'unsustainable drain' on NHS | HeraldScotland
Currently 39 per cent of the working age population in Scotland has at least one long-term condition, but that is forecast to surge as the population ages and Scotland grapples with the fallout of an obesity epidemic.

Prof MacDonald said a failure to prevent and manage long-term conditions properly would be catastrophic as pension age increases to 68 or more.
UK  Scotland  NHS  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  disease  population  babyboomers  baby  boomers  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  pain  inflammation  demographic  bubble  England  Disabled  Council  adult  social  medical  advances  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  sedentary  prevention  public  intervention  GP  nanny  state  self-medication  Alcohol  junk  food  fast  mental  DWP  ESA  JSA  unemployment  stress 
7 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Patients screened by receptionists under NHS scheme | Daily Mail Online
squeezing out the last 1-2% that is there to squeeze out of the NHS. Patient docotor relationship may deterioate. first the double check w board of GP is referral is needed. sending ppl to pharmacy first. waiting times up elective last. health care demand chronic sick population ageing population bed blocking Council. --- perfect storm for worse outcomes. most vulnerable will fall to the wayside! - mental health. and prevention falls way behind bc of ongoing fire fighting.
NHS  GP  rationing  Austerity  STP  CEP  referral  England  A&E  waiting  time  treatment  delay  Privatisation  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  mental  health  prevention  public  obesity  overweight  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council 
7 weeks ago by asterisk2a
The Government Have Committed A Blatant Dereliction Of Duty On NHS Waiting Times | HuffPost UK
The 62 days maximum treatment wait for cancer has been missed every year since 2013/4. And, as for elective care, the NHS missed the standard in 2016/17 with no signs of getting it back on track.
NHS  England  cancer 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Two junior doctors forced to look after 436 patients at Derriford - Plymouth Herald
The true pressures on Derriford Hospital’s junior doctors have been revealed, with serious safety concerns being raised after an incident occurred where only two staff were left to look after 436 patients during a night shift.

The issue of staff rotas and vacancies was brought up in Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust board papers in July, in which a report outlined the feelings and concerns of junior doctors about the safety of patients.
NHS  England  Junior  Doctor  staff  shortage  locum  Consultant  Austerity  STP  rationing  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Doctors and patients unaware diabetes can be reversed, says report - BBC News
NHS Scotland T2Diabetes cost 10% of budget // evidence has been known for a decade by now! thoe ppl who treated t2d have been called quacks by "everything in moderation" - the evidence based medicine hubbub. // but the main reason for the low recording is probably that few patients are attempting or achieving remission. - GPs don't have time to worry about patient adherence and some do not want to change and rather take pills (intrinsic motivation, health motivated). / salt sugar fat // &! http://www.ndtv.com/food/controlling-your-weight-may-help-reverse-diabetes-5-foods-that-diabetes-patients-must-include-in-the-1750177 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41279050 &! http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/patients-at-highest-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-should-go-on-intensive-lifestyle-programme-nice-guidance_uk_59baa132e4b02da0e13fd6bf &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40123846 &! https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/more-than-a-million-people-should-be-offered-lifestyle-tips-as-a-way-to-avoid-type-2-diabetes &! https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts/diabetes-remission-treating-blood-glucose-when-the-disease-process-is-to-do-with-body-fat
NHS  Diabetes  prevention  diet  lifestyle  CVD  obesity  overweight  sedentary  S.A.D.  western  premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  big  pharma  NICE  GP  A&E  bariatric  surgery  Scotland  England  health  care  demand  self-medication  coping  mechanism  addiction  stress  food  junk  fast  ready  meals 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Analysis: a year in health - supply and demand | Holyrood Magazine
stop increasing general taxation. increase tax on causes. Verursacherprinzip. // Calls for a similarly tough approach on obesity have not yet been rewarded with a strategy, despite one being due last year and Scotland’s obesity rates amongst the highest in the world, even higher than in the rest of the UK.

Could the protracted legal wrangling with the drinks industry have tempered the Scottish Government’s appetite for imposing tough restrictions on food manufacturers and supermarkets? It will be clearer when the obesity and diet strategy emerges in the winter. [...] One long-awaited strategy which did see the light of day was the new mental health strategy, launched by Maureen Watt in March, but the minister may well have been disappointed in the response.

The document “lacks the ambition and investment that Scotland deserves” said the Scottish Association for Mental Health’s chief executive, Billy Watson.

The question, as with the rest of NHS Scotland’s challenges, is how would it be paid for?
NHS  Scotland  England  taxation  funding  health  care  demand  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  public  food–industrial  complex  Salt  Sugar  Fat  addiction  self-medication  mental  coping  mechanism  food  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  Alcohol  fast  junk 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
'Medical opinions ignored' by NHS payment assessor, workers say - BBC News
CCGs rationing care, only for the neediest. See elsewhere. Cancer and emergencies first. Everything else can wait.
NHS  STP  CCG  adult  elderly  social  care  Council  Austerity  rationing  public  health  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  Scotland  England 
9 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals' merger moves a step closer - BBC News
Mergers of GPs and CCGs and Super Mergers like rumors in Scotland for 4-5 super trusts eg one NE Trust is the new internal thinking to cope with the political challenge of political austerity. STPs and rationing (prioritising cancer and emergency care) just the microcosm or finding £ efficencies but not with the aim of improving patient safety, satisfaction and outcomes. And also making things unequal - preferred treatment decisions taken based on what ill you have and how ill you are and if it is life threatening.
NHS  England  Scotland  Austerity  STP  rationing  CCG  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  health  care  demand  bedblocking  bed  blocking  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  Council 
11 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Care Appointments | Tribunals urged after study finds 'unacceptable' variations in healthcare access
The authors said that NHS England should establish a tribunal board to consider whether individual CCGs have overly restrictive commissioning policies which are contrary to national guidelines. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40927705
CCG  Trust  NHS  England  Scotland  rationing  STP  Austerity  Privatisation  UK  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan can't receive hospital treatment in England 'because he's Scottish' | The Independent
NHS England will be sending people home to Scotland, or Scotland will have to agree to pay through their own pot (NHS England billing them). ... “He said it was because the English NHS would no longer foot the bill for me there since I wasn’t from England.

“I am sitting here without my legs because I fought for this country. This is the ultimate slap in the face. I am still in shock and can barely get my head around it.”
NHS  Scotland  England  Austerity  STP  rationing  CCG  UK 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Medical students offered £16,000 if they bond themselves to NHS in Scotland | Scotland | The Times & The Sunday Times
[Golden Hello] Grants worth thousands of pounds are being offered to medical students if they agree to work in the Scottish health service after they qualify. [ a golden hello was offered is on offer for new GP's, in Grampian, no new GP signed up even w the Golden Hello ]
NHS  Scotland  England  staff  shortage  locum  GP  HR  Golden  Hello 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Scots 'lose more years to depression than lung cancer'
"There are more person-years of poor health lost due to neck and lower back pain than are lost are due to early heart disease deaths, and more person-years of poor health lost due to depression than lung cancer deaths."

She added: "This is a stark reminder that living longer does not necessarily equate to healthy, happy life.

"It is important to address the burden of living in less than ideal health so that more people in Scotland can live longer, healthier lives." &! http://www.scotsman.com/news/study-reveals-what-diseases-scots-are-living-with-and-dying-from-1-4502211 - Age differences were also analysed – adults aged 35 to 64 suffered 40 per cent of the disease burden and those aged 65 and over experienced 45 per cent. For those aged less than 65 around 60% of their burden is through living in less than ideal health. - &! http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15406731.Back_pain_and_depression_putting_major_strain_on_Scotland__39_s_health__study_finds/
UK  chronic  sick  population  mental  health  well  being  Depression  public  lifestyle  diet  self-medication  care  demand  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  NHS  Austerity  STP  Scotland  England  prevention  quality  of  life  cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(1397) Theresa May in Election Jitters Caught Lying About Tory Plans to Cut The National Health Service - YouTube
selling of buildings and land and leasing it back = privatisation 2.0 after PFI. // proceeds are used to run NHS! LOL // book Oliver Letwin a- artificially distress NHS and Co to privatise it to make it more palatable. // Naylor Report - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/what-naylor-report-everything-you-10543351 /// Simon Stevens is Tories henchman and privatisation agenda!
NHS  Privatisation  GE2017  PFI  UK  STP  health  care  demand  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  England  Wales  Conservative  Party  nastyparty  nasty  Manchester  Devolution  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  adult  elderly  social  Prevention  Austerity  Naylor  Report  Oliver  Letwin  book  Living  Standard 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(453) James O'Brien (and Incorrigible) solve the housing crisis - YouTube
thatcher banned councils from borrowing money to build council houses/flats. ie w 50, 100 year loans. Councils would be making profit in the end by owning capital. Thatcher didnt like it, banned it. market and private capital knows best how to make profit. governments not allowed to make profits ROI on investment. Now +1bn housing benefit goes to private landlord. and 1/3 of ex council social housing is rented out by private landlords.
UK  Margaret  Thatcher  Privatisation  Social  Housing  affordable  Council  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  crisis  profit  maximisation  capitalism  Government  Capital  Kapital  ROI  rent  seeking  rentier  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  GFC  recovery  immigration  demographic  bubble  England  economic  history  Tony  Blair  Labour  GE2017  Thomas  Piketty  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Brexit 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Hospital visitors could soon help feed and clean patients in NHS Grampian | Press and Journal
guilting members of the family to care for patients in a hospital! LOL! // trialled in geriatric ward. now rolled out across. // already done in fife and lanarkshire // WITHOUT TRAINING. high risk of spreading of hospital infections! //
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  England  staff  shortage  Austerity  STP  bedblocking  bed  blocking  hospital  acquired  infection  adult  elderly  social  care  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  chronic  sick 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Clear majority of Scots say the UK is going in wrong direction (From The National)
BARELY more than a quarter of Scots believe the UK is headed in the right direction, with a clear majority confident it is going the wrong way, according to a new poll.

Just 27 per cent of the Scottish sample of respondents to the latest survey by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft said they believed the UK was on the "right track", compared to 55 who said it was going in the "wrong direction".

The same poll found Nicola Sturgeon was the only politician in Scotland with a positive approval rating.
Scotland  indyref2  SNP  Brexit  Nicola  Sturgeon  England  UK 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Scotland ‘should become province of Canada’, says author - The Scotsman
lol, leave England, and join Canada as a Province // The inevitable comparisons with Quebec are made, with McGoogan referencing the motion passed by the Canadian government in 2006 that recognised the province as being ‘a nation within a united Canada’. McGoogan also points out that Quebec has refused to sign the country’s Constitution Act of 1982, but adds that ‘constitutionally, Canada has muddled on without that signature for 35 years - and looks good to go for another 35.’
Scotland  England  Brexit  indyref2  far-right  right-wing  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Westminster  Whitehall  Holyrood 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Maternity incidents not being reviewed - BBC News
Health boards are formally reviewing less than half of the most serious maternity incidents - which include baby deaths.
Figures obtained by the BBC showed 723 "significant adverse events" recorded across Scotland over a six-year period.
Only about 37% of these were reviewed by a full formal process, leading to concerns lessons would not be learned. [...] For example, NHS Grampian conducted an SAER in 7% of events,
NHS  Austerity  locum  staff  shortage  CQC  scandal  England  Scotland  Grampian  Culture  Whistleblower 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Eye clinic appointments to return to Moray following specialist training for nurses | Press and Journal
[ instead of doctor, your get a trained nurse ... ] Nurses in Moray are being put through specialist training so eye clinic appointments can return to the region later this year.
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  England  Austerity  STP  rationing  health  care  demand  Shona  Robison  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  sick  chronic  premature  CVD  UK  medical  advances 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Holyrood begins probe into how NHS deals with whistleblowers - The Scotsman
Last year the NHS Scotland chief executive Paul Gray admitted some health workers are still reluctant to blow the whistle on unsafe practices for fear of being victimised. Mr Gray also said some staff do not raise issues because they believed it would not lead to any real change.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/holyrood-begins-probe-into-how-nhs-deals-with-whistleblowers-1-4366831
NHS  Scotland  England  Whistleblower  Grampian  Transgender  health  care  demand  STP  Austerity  abuse  neglect  malpractice  mental 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Stand by for a quiet revolution in the NHS - BBC News
Hospitals, so they argue, are incentivised to get as many patients through their doors as they can to generate income. This pulls against moves to treat more people outside hospitals.
Mr Stevens wants to see local health economies run as single entities with no purchaser/provider split.
The pioneers will be the most successful Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).
These plans have been put together in 44 areas of England involving health and social care chiefs trying to work out the best use of their joint resources in the face of rising patient demand. [...] The Clinical Commissioning Groups, a key part of the structure set up by the then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in 2012, will, in effect, be sidelined in these new local care models.
NHS  Simon  Stevens  Austerity  health  care  demand  STP  UK  sick  population  chronic  ageing  demographic  bubble  Council  Tories  CCG  nasty  party  Conservative  Jeremy  Hunt  England  GP  elderly  adult  social 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Postcode lottery of cancer survival exposed by health inequalities report (From HeraldScotland)
MEN with prostate cancer living in the most deprived communities in Scotland are nearly twice as likely to die from the illness as those in the most affluent postcodes, according to new research exposing the "cancer survival gap" between rich and poor patients.

Analysis of the six most common cancers - including prostate, breast, head and neck, colorectal, liver and lung cancer - found that the risk of death was anything from 28 to 98 per cent higher in deprived areas depending on the type.
NHS  Deprivation  post  code  lottery  Scotland  England  poverty  GP  public  health  sick  population 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Call for a bespoke immigration policy for Scotland as MSPs warn of 'acute risk' of losing EU nationals (From The National)
[ pension age will have to be raised, and less being paid out, triple lock prension will be ended come 2020 ] THERESA May has been urged by MSPs to consider a bespoke solution for immigration policy in Scotland following Brexit. Members of the cross party European committee at Holyrood concluded the demographic risk faced north of the Border if the number of EU migrants drops is “more acute” than for the UK as a whole. Their report, published today, states the 181,000 EU nationals in Scotland are suffering “imposed uncertainty” over their right to remain living and working in the country and calls for the UK Government to allow them to stay without delay.
Demographic  bubble  UK  Ageing  population  Scotland  Pension  NHS  England  immigration 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Patient 'waited 508 days' for hospital discharge - BBC News
Waits of more than six months were found in Ayrshire and Arran, Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Shetland and the Western Isles. The number of patients waiting for more than three months represented a small minority of those who experienced a delayed discharge during the three-year period.
NHS  bed  blocking  Scotland  elderly  care  adult  social  Council  Austerity  SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  sick  chronic  complex  England  UK  health  demand  GP  A&E 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS reveals demolition date for Aberdeen maternity hospital as it tells of sell-off struggles - Evening Express
[ maintenance budget used to cover rise of demand, creating maintenance backlog. ] Meanwhile, NHS Grampian is pressing ahead with plans to upgrade facilities while tackling a £193.4 million maintenance backlog.

The news comes as the health board is poised to dispose of around 20 of its facilities, with the future of five others also due for consideration.

NHS Grampian has said that by reducing the number of buildings it owns, it can then tackle the maintenance backlog as planned and use any profits to fund ongoing investment elsewhere.
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  Austerity  UK  public  health  England 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
'Disappointment' at fall in local student doctors attending North-east uni - Evening Express
The Royal College of GPs has warned that Scotland is set to be hundreds of GPs short by 2020.
NHS  Scotland  Austerity  Crisis  GP  A&E  England 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Serious mistakes in NHS patient care are on the rise, figures reveal | Society | The Guardian
rise in never-events, ie wrong surgery // Serious mistakes by hospital staff that put patients at risk are on the rise, despite the government’s drive since the Mid Staffs scandal to make care safer, official NHS figures reveal.

The last few years have seen more cases of delayed diagnosis, staff failure to act on patients’ test results, poor care of seriously ill patients and blunders during surgery.
NHS  England  Austerity  CQC  Crisis  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  health  care  demand  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Alison Rowat: The truth behind cancer postcode lottery stories (From HeraldScotland)
waiting times are also a form or rationing. indirect. especially without the penalty system, that was thrown out the window some 2-3 months ago, in England.
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  rationing  England  Austerity  cancer  CVD  Crisis 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
'Deeply worrying' waits for hospital beds - BBC News
thus elective surgeries canceled more and more. /// &! Pressure intensifies on squeezed NHS - New drugs, treatments and therapies are coming on stream and patients understandably want them. The burden of chronic disease continues to rise and that has a price tag. [...] [ Voters have to think how to fund demand. ] [...] Nuffield's conclusion is that curbing the growth in demand for services will be required, which will be a big ask for local health commissioners. [ RATIONING ] - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36984039 /// &! He said in the long term, the "sums simply don't add up" and called for a debate about funding and what the NHS could and should provide. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37179563
A&E  NHS  England  Crisis  Austerity  health  care  demand  sick  population  ageing  Demographic  Bubble  budget  bed  blocking  elderly  adult  social  advances  rationing  cancer  obesity  diabetes  CVD 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Sick children moved as NHS intensive care units run out of beds | Society | The Guardian
Parents urged not to panic and planned operations delayed to cope with ‘record demands’ as winter sets in [...] All of us in paediatrics and child health would like an honest discussion about how the system is funded,” Dr Roland added. [ alcohol minimum pricing, tobacco tax into nhs & public health, meat tax, & as base - national insurance ]
NHS  Crisis  rationing  England  Scotland  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Austerity  health  care  demand  budge  ageing  population  sick  chronic  disease  lifestyle  alcohol  tobacco  diet  demographic  bubble  Sugar  Tax  Meat  CVD  cancer  diabetes 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Apprentice nurses could treat hospital patients in bid to tackle shortages | Society | The Guardian
The move could allow as many as 1,000 apprentice nurses to join the NHS annually and work alongside fully qualified nurses and “nursing associates”.

Those who could become nursing apprentices include healthcare assistants or those already working towards nursing qualifications. &! https://twitter.com/DHgovuk/status/803914182244581376
NHS  England  Austerity  staff  shortage  locum  Crisis  health  care  demand  budget 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Ambulance crews 'struggle to reach 999 calls' - BBC News
only one of the UK's 13 ambulance services is currently meeting its target. [...] [ and then queuing out at A&E to hand over patients ]
health  care  demand  budget  NHS  England  Crisis  ageing  population  sick  A&E  Demographic  bubble  bed  blocking  adult  social  elderly  Jeremy  Hunt  rationing  Simon  Stevens  Privatisation 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Send patients to private sector to avert winter crisis, hospitals told | Society | The Guardian
Hospitals have been told to turn to the private sector to “maximise elective activity”, with operations such as knee and hip replacements likely to be among the outsourced procedures to help free up beds for urgent patients.

The measures are likely to have a significant cost to the NHS.
NHS  England  Crisis  bed  blocking  STP  ageing  Demographic  bubble  sick  population  Austerity  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  rationing  winter  elderly  care  adult  social  chronic  diet  lifestyle  Disease  Diseases  Privatisation  health  demand  budget 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Huge rise in hospital beds in England taken up by people with malnutrition | Society | The Guardian
Critics blame three-fold rise on poverty, cutbacks to meals on wheels services for the elderly and inadequate social care [...] Critics have said the upward trend is a result of rising poverty, deep cutbacks in recent years to meals on wheels services for the elderly and inadequate social care support, especially for older people.
NHS  England  Crisis  Austerity  triple  lock  pension  elderly  care  adult  social  Council  bed  blocking  food  poverty  bank  UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS hospitals suffer from chronic bed shortage, surgeons say | Society | The Guardian
chronic shortage of NHS hospital beds in England, after occupancy rates for overnight stays topped 89% for a fourth successive quarter. The maximum occupancy rate for ensuring patients are well looked after and not exposed to health risks is considered to be 85%, a figure that has not been achieved since NHS England began publishing statistics in 2010. [...] made for alarming reading and indicated a failure to cope with the increasing number of older patients in hospital.
NHS  Crisis  England  austerity  health  care  budget  demand  ageing  population  sick  bed  blocking  demographic  bubble  Jeremy  Hunt  Privatisation  Simon  Stevens  STP  rationing  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  public  elderly  adult  social 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS financial problems endemic and no longer sustainable, say auditors | Society | The Guardian
Auditors were particular alarmed by the decision to transfer £950m from the NHS’s budget for buildings and IT to pay staff’s wages. [...] Meg Hillier, the chair of the public accounts committee, said the Department of Health was making “pie in the sky assumptions” about closing that gap. [...] The bodies estimate that trusts and CCGs can make a further £14.9bn of savings by “moderating the growth in demand for healthcare services” and by making 2% productivity and efficiency improvements. [ gov lingo for RATIONING ]
NHS  Crisis  England  Austerity  health  care  demand  budget  rationing  sick  population  bed  blocking  demographic  bubble  chronic  diseases  diet  lifestyle  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  George  Osborne  Philip  Hammond  Public 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS £8bn budget plan 'not enough', say hospital bosses - BBC News
Patients in England will see rising waiting times, rationing and cuts in the number of staff unless the NHS gets more money, health bosses say.
A five-year plan to increase the budget by £8bn a year by 2020 was only set out last year, but now hospital bosses have warned that is not enough.
Chris Hopson, of NHS Providers, said the settlement needed to be redrawn.
It comes as the half-year accounts for 2016-17 showed hospitals and other NHS trusts were failing to keep in budget.
NHS  Crisis  Austerity  health  care  demand  budget  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  England  rationing  Scotland  Shona  Robinson  ageing  population  sick  demographic  bubble  chronic  diet  lifestyle  diseases  disease  CVD  cancer  adult  social  elderly  bed  blocking  diabetes  Public  Privatisation 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Could plans for NHS shake-up collapse? - BBC News
The plans will focus on trying to moderate that demand and treat more patients away from hospitals.
But there has been no denying that some of the plans will see closures of accident and emergency units and hospital wards, concentrating services on fewer sites.
NHS  England  Crisis  STP  health  care  demand  budget  Austerity  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Nine ex-health secretaries 'dismayed' at mental health services - BBC News
Every former health secretary from the past 20 years has voiced "alarm and dismay" at the government's failure to improve mental health services. //&! adult social care - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37992488
NHS  England  mental  health  CAMHS  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  austerity  George  Osborne  Philip  Hammond  care  demand  budget  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  adult  social  elderly  bed  blocking 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS cuts: Why they terrify people in power - BBC News
The King's Fund described clear "anxieties" among ministers and the NHS leadership about the 44 reviews of local services launched this year.
In fact, that was probably diplomatic: they're terrified of how this is all going to play out.
Hence, they have resorted to rather strong-handed techniques to keep the changes under wraps - going as far as to provide advice to local managers about how to avoid answering Freedom of Information questions.
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Virgin handed contract to run 200 NHS services as Tories sell off more of our health service - Mirror Online
[ profit from illness ] Hundreds of campaigners, including I, Daniel Blake film director Ken Loach, marched last month against the deal.

Public health nursing and speech and language therapy are also included in the contract. The council said it will have a clause requiring any financial surplus to be reinvested in services.

But Ruth Allen, of the British Association of Social Workers, said: “How long will that last, and how will surpluses be defined?”

She added: “How can they provide sustainable value on public money and highest quality when they need to show dividend returns to shareholders?”
NHS  England  STP  Privatisation  health  care  budget  demand  sick  population  ageing  Demographic  bubble  austerity 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Self-care could cut need for millions of GP visits - BBC News
[ less sniffles, less back pain, less colic - see nutritionfacts org ] Back pain is one of the most common causes for a GP visit yet the majority of cases can be treated with over-the-counter treatments and self care.
The same is true of other minor ailments, such as coughs, colds and indigestion, says the LGA.
back  pain  prevention  sick  population  chronic  Disease  Diseases  diet  lifestyle  premature  ageing  NHS  Crisis  GP  England  Scotland  Austerity  health  care  demand  budget  Demographic  bubble 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Only radical reform can save the NHS. But will politicians be brave enough?
[ under STP - Sustainability and Transformation Plan] - As we now report, nearly half of all health authorities are currently drawing up plans to cut hospital beds, and one third intend to close accident and emergency departments.
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Doctors excited by cystic fibrosis therapy - BBC News
Data presented at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference shows that a drugs combination - which enables production of runnier mucus - slows the irreversible decline in lung function. [...] The drug combination is clearly not a cure, but the researchers said the untreated patients would expect their lung function to decline by 2.3% a year, but this fell to 1.3% in those given the therapy.
NHS  Crisis  health  care  advances  budget  big  pharma  Scotland  England  NICE  Austerity  sick  population  Demographic  bubble  ageing  premature  CVD  cancer 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Extra trained nurses 'key to stroke survival' says study - BBC News
The team from the universities of Aberdeen and East Anglia said just one extra trained nurse per 10 beds could significantly boost survival rates.
They said it could reduce the chance of death after 30 days by up to 28%, and after one year by up to 12%.
The research has been published on the eve of World Stroke Day.
The researchers said the best predictor of survival was having the optimal number of specialist nurses in the acute stroke unit.
The data was gathered from an audit of eight hospitals.
NHS  Crisis  Scotland  England  staff  shortage  locum  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  premature  CVD 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Summer 2016 'worse than most winters for A&E' - BBC News
Waiting times in A&E units in England this summer have been worse than every winter for the past 12 years bar one, figures show.
The colder months have traditionally been the most difficult for hospitals. But pressures have grown so much that this summer saw one in 10 patients wait for over four hours in A&E during June, July and August. [...] The data also showed hospitals are missing a number of other key targets for cancer, routine operations and ambulance response times. [...] [ elderly care adult social care at tipping point. not being treated at home end up in A&E eventually and then bed block! http://bbc.in/2dt9d1R ]
A&E  health  care  demand  NHS  Crisis  England  austerity  elderly  adult  social  ageing  population  sick  demographic  bubble  chronic  diet-related  diseases  disease  lifestyle  CVD  cancer  diabetes  GP  prevention  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  budget  bed  blocking  CQC 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Let struggling GP surgeries fail, says NHS England letter - BBC News
A letter from an NHS England official to managers and GPs in one region suggests vulnerable practices could be left to "wither by the system".
The note, seen by the BBC and Pulse magazine, claims NHS England is no longer able to "continue supporting practices irrespective of their ability… to transform appropriately".
NHS England denied this was the case.
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
How to eat like a Victorian - BBC News
According to a study published in the Royal Society of Medicine, "How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died", the combination of enormous amounts of physical activity (most people did physically demanding jobs which meant they were active for 50 to 60 hours a week) and a diet rich in fruits, whole grains, oily fish and vegetables meant that Victorians suffered less from chronic, degenerative diseases than we do.
Dr Paul Clayton, one of the authors of the study, claims that they were "90% less likely to develop cancer, dementia and coronary artery disease than we are today". It certainly meant that diseases like type-2 diabetes, which plague modern society, were vanishingly rare.
NHS  Crisis  Food  Lobby  processed  meat  animal  products  diet-related  diseases  lifestyle  England  health  care  demand  budget  sick  population 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
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