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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
Funding the NHS: Is it finally time for a new approach? - BBC News
A ring-fenced tax for health and social care has been resisted in the past by the Treasury. Such a policy is known by economists as hypothecation. Opponents, including Treasury mandarins, believe it ties the hands of chancellors.

But, intriguingly, a former top civil servant at the Treasury, Sir Nick Macpherson, has come out in favour of a ring-fenced tax which is renewed every five years.
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS shake-up is not a Trojan horse for privatisation, says top doctor | Society | The Guardian
accountable care organisations (ACOs).
Another body to control for quality, beyond CQC!? Tories already made CCGs accountable. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42873285 - NHS plans: Privatisation or progress? //&! https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2018/02/jeremy-hunt-still-clinging-his-job-because-he-has-big-plans-april - There is much merit in merging services like this, but the way Hunt intends to set up ACOs will open them to competitive tender, with opaque lines of responsibility once contracts are awarded. This is exactly what the huge private health care companies have been waiting for – the chance to take over whole chunks of the NHS and social care sectors and run them on commercial lines.
ACO  NHS  CCG  Politics  CQC  STP  Austerity  Privatisation  rationing  staff  crisis  sickcare  healthcare  demand  PFI  Council  ageing  demographic  bubble  population  premature  CEP  elderly  care  adult  social  Cancer  obesity  CVD  overweight  chronic  sick  waiting  times  bedblocking  bed  blocking  treatment  delay 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
NHS Grampian puts cap on non-urgent surgery over winter - Evening Express
NHS Grampian has confirmed it is only booking category one and two patients, who require surgery within a month or within three months respectively, in January and February.

The health board said the move was part of its winter plans and there would be exceptions where surgeries do not impact on beds. [...] It follows a row in October after NHS Tayside announced it had put on hold all planned, non-urgent operations for three weeks over the festive period. Category three patients, who require surgery within a year, will not be routinely booked for January and February, under NHS Grampian’s plans.
NHS  winter  crisis  elective  care  surgery  rationing  Grampian  Scotland  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  Austerity  waiting  times  backlog  Council  GP  referral  A&E  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Boss quits as his Major NHS trust put in special measures - BBC News
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/11/nhs-bosses-bloody-stupid-to-demand-4bn-cash-injection & https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/11/the-guardian-view-on-nhs-funding-hospitals-are-hurting & https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/10/quit-hospital-boss-nhs-chair-kings-college-hospital-london & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/11/nhs-managers-england-back-kerslake-underfunding-claim - in protest at what he says is NHS underfunding and hospitals being given unrealistic savings targets. & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/10/nhs-trust-boss-bob-kerslake-resigns-underfunding-health-services // A major London hospital trust has been placed in special measures because of funding problems.
NHS Improvement announced the sanction against King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust the day after chairman Lord Kerslake resigned criticising the "unrealistic" approach to NHS finances.
The regulator said a deficit of £92m was now forecast this year - more than twice the original £38m planned for.
Chief executive Ian Dalton said the position was simply "not acceptable".
NHS  Austerity  STP  CEP  CQC  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  population  winter  crisis  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  waiting  times  elective  care  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  treatment  delay  rationing  ageing  demographic  bubble  CCG  Trust  IVF  obesity  overweight 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Boss quits as his Major NHS trust put in special measures - BBC News
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/10/nhs-trust-boss-bob-kerslake-resigns-underfunding-health-services // A major London hospital trust has been placed in special measures because of funding problems.
NHS Improvement announced the sanction against King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust the day after chairman Lord Kerslake resigned criticising the "unrealistic" approach to NHS finances.
The regulator said a deficit of £92m was now forecast this year - more than twice the original £38m planned for.
Chief executive Ian Dalton said the position was simply "not acceptable".
NHS  Austerity  STP  CEP  CQC  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  population  winter  crisis  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  waiting  times  elective  care  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  treatment  delay  rationing  ageing  demographic  bubble 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
GPs fear NHS crisis with hospitals full at start of winter | GPonline
GP leaders have warned that practices will face pressure to limit referrals and a rise in workload after official NHS data showed that scores of hospitals are already stretched to the limit with winter just beginning.
NHS  winter  crisis  GP  referral  rationing  bedblocking  bed  blocking  treatment  delay  waiting  times  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  A&E 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits | Society | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt orders NHS England bosses to stick to waiting time limits
Health secretary swiftly rejects service chiefs’ public warning that meeting targets is impossible with current funding [...] In an unprecedented move reflecting a widening gulf with the government, NHS England used its board meeting to warn that it had to make “difficult choices” next year that would involve limiting what it could provide for patients. [ only providing basics life saving treatments - not life improvement treatments (elective surgery) ] [...] NHS England has also said it is unable to implement best practice as advised by Nice on a routine basis – an extraordinary state of affairs. We have now reached a point where the NHS constitution will be routinely breached and NHS services are being withdrawn.”
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
£1bn funding shortfall may force UK care homes to close, says watchdog | Society | The Guardian
Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents, according to Competition and Markets Authority [...] In its report into the £16bn care homes sector, which covers 410,000 residents and stretches across 11,300 homes, the CMA said “urgent action” was needed because the current regime was “not sustainable” without additional funding.

It suggested that people who paid for their own care were being asked to pay more than they should in order to subsidise council-funded residents.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Review of the Year: Transition and transformation for the NHS - PharmaTimes Magazine December 2017
Accountable Care System (ACS) (also known as ACO) removing NHS decisions (CCG CEP STP rationing, denying care, not offering IVF etc etc) further away from Westminister NHS England Jeremy Hunt. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/07/vital-nhs-account-acos-legal-challenge
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: NHS trusts given extra £350m for entire winter, despite Brexit bus promising £350m a week | The Independent
Budget had also nothing on social care! -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42065767 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-42096941 begging patients &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42082602 more rationing and restrictions in the books by CCGs eg physical rehabilitation services could be cut. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5112803/NHS-prepares-ration-painkillers-routine-operations.html &! https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4978787/cuts-to-patient-services-feared-after-budget/ // The NHS is getting £1.6bn in extra funding next year, less than half asked for by the NHS to keep the service running //&! https://www.gponline.com/gps-ignored-2017-budget-nhs-england-hints-cuts-services/article/1450955 - GP leaders hit out at chancellor Philip Hammond for ignoring general practice in his 2017 budget, as NHS England officials hinted that a 'disappointing' £2.8bn funding hike for the health service could force cuts. //&! http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/national/15676761.Budget_2017__Additional_funds_for_NHS_will_not_plug_gap__Sir_Bruce_Keogh_says/ - the NHS “can no longer avoid the difficult debate” on what can be provided by the health service on the funds it is operating on. //&! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/23/conservatives-will-break-nhs-funding-pledge-labour-claims - An analysis carried out for Labour by the House of Commons library shows that despite the chancellor, Philip Hammond, announcing an extra £2.8bn in day-to-day funding, real-terms funding per head is set to fall in 2018-19, and remain flat for two years after that.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS Budget plan not enough, say bosses - BBC News
NHS Bosses Simon Stevens and Health Improvement have asked for 4bn more each year to meet targets again // Traditionally the health budget has got an extra 4% a year above inflation to help it cope with the ageing population and cost of new drugs and treatments.
Since 2010 that figure has dropped to close to 1% - and this extra money does little to improve that.
Those working in accident and emergency units point out that the £350m for this winter could easily be swallowed up by spending on agency staff.
It is why staff on the front line are still predicting rising waiting times for treatment.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS faces even worse winter crisis than last year, watchdog warns | Society | The Guardian
In an update on how the NHS in England performed between July and September, NHSI said hospitals did not succeed in freeing up the target of 2,000-3,000 beds by September, which would have helped them cope with the extra winter demand.

NHS leaders and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told hospitals in the spring that they needed to reduce the number of beds occupied due to “delayed transfers of care” – patients who are fit to leave but cannot safely be discharged – to 3.5% of their total number by September. But 5% of beds are still occupied with such cases, NHSI said.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS battle for money: Where will it end? - BBC News
[ Simon Stevens could walk away, creating a new crate for May's government, as BOE Mark Carney did not extend his BOE gov role beyond Brexit ] If there is a significant financial settlement for the NHS in England, Mr Stevens can claim vindication for his strategy.
But if there isn't, he is faced with a difficult choice - either soldier on with a service under great strain and his five-year plan objectives under threat, or walk away.
He will be well aware of the risk he has taken with his speech.
But perhaps he is ready to go if he has to, arguing that at least he tried to get the NHS the money it needed. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXlTwgfL6tU - Head of NHS England demands more money (Channel 4 News) &! One short picture of the winter crisis last time around 16/17 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNu3O3Pqebk &! 13/14 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGulU83N6Gc
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
'Bed-blocking' in Scottish hospitals falls by 9.6% - BBC News
About 400 people were left in hospital because the social care support they needed in order to live in their own home was not available, while more than 200 had to wait for a place in a nursing home.
Of those who could not leave hospital in September 2017, 1,140 had to wait for for more than three days.
A third of delayed patients had to wait in hospital for more than six weeks - a 2% increase from last year, despite the fall in the figures overall.
NHS  Scotland  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  adult  social  care  ageing  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  healthcare  public  health  demographic  bubble  premature  Crisis  rationing  elective  surgery  GP  A&E  referral  treatment  delay  waiting  times 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS staff 'working on edge of safety' - BBC News
NHS staff in England are working on the "edge of safety" as rising demand is outstripping the increasing numbers being employed, health bosses say.
There are now 6% more staff than there were three years ago, but demand for services has risen by three times as much in some areas.
NHS Providers, which represents health chiefs, said staff shortages was now the number one concern in the NHS.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt faces legal action over attempts to 'Americanise' the NHS | The Independent
more two-tier options for users w ACO offering from the get go two-tier adult and social care services/options. AND like most private provides taking on NHS business, avoiding also tax! Hnt himself said in committee hearing that our ageing population is private money fest opportunity.
NHS  Privatisation  Austerity  ACO  CEP  STP  CCG  CQC  rationing  waiting  times  profit  maximisation  neoliberalism  public  health  good  neoliberal  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  care  Council  disabled  ageing  population  chronic  sick  sickcare  healthcare  demand  demographic  bubble 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Patients are suffering while the SNP shamefully dithers | Kevin McKenna | Opinion | The Guardian
One senior health professional told me last week: “Yes, there is a backlog for operations, but the issue is the front and back door – not the bit in the middle. They are trying to solve the wrong problem and bringing on these new centres will only add to the problem. In addition, there is a huge problem with a lack of doctors across parts of the system. If they are moving planned care into these new elective centres, how are they going to staff them?”
NHS  Scotland  Austerity  healthcare  demand  sickcare  elective  surgery  GP  A&E  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  adult  social  care  waiting  times  treatment  delay  rationing  mental  health  complex  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  alcohol  self-medication  addiction  winter  staff  Crisis  recruitment  hiring  training  Nurses 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS failing to tackle 'significant safety risks', warns its medical chief
Patients were being left at risk of suffering needless harm – including amputations, devastating maternity complications and deaths – because of the lack of action to protect them, the former heart surgeon said.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Sir Bruce said there were too many organisations vying for attention and instead, one simple system was needed to issue safety directives.

He also said too many hospitals were putting cost-cutting ahead of patient safety.
NHS  patient  safety  Austerity  STP  CEP  rationing  delayed  treatment  waiting  times  healthcare  demand  sickcare  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  Disease  complex  staff  shortage  Nurses  recruitment  Crisis  winter  hiring  training  adult  social  care  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Thanks but no thanks, CareRooms. In the NHS we need staff, not beds | Rachel Clarke | Opinion | The Guardian
Trained staff – carers – are what the sector lacks, not physical spaces in buildings. Urgent investment in trained, regulated carers is the only safe way to address this, not outsourcing the problem to random homeowners with no clearly defined standards for safeguarding, clinical governance and infection control, not to mention other risks to patients who are at their most vulnerable.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Patients face 'distressing readmissions' - BBC News
The watchdog warns patients may be being rushed out early.
NHS  Crisis  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
october 2017 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
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october 2017 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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october 2017 by asterisk2a
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.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Homes are not assets to be passed on to children, says minister | Society | The Guardian
houses became a mini-social welfare net among families. and a helping hand in social/income mobility for those benefiting/children and children children. // also current gen funding elderly care have less wage, less money (inflation), less prospects, no mobility, student debt, and high rents.
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october 2017 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.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
'High risk' of NHS Tayside failing to balance budget - BBC News
NHS Tayside delivered £45.5m in efficiency savings in 2016/17, nearly double the savings of the previous year.
However, the auditor general said that was still £1.3m below target.
The main overspends last year were on workforce, prescribing costs, and clinical supplies.
NHS Tayside chief executive Lesley McLay said the board was "actively addressing" its issues. &! https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/nhs-tayside-faces-extremely-challenging-position-of-50m-funding-gap/ &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-38330662 - NHS Tayside must save £214m over next five years
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
What to do if your child is overweight - BBC News
One in ten young people in the UK, aged between five and 19, is obese, according to new research that looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries. Consultant paediatrician Prof Mary Rudolf, who advises the government on obesity, says many parents would not know that "a healthy 10-year-old's ribs should be clearly visible - many parents would consider that such a child was quite underweight". //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39846385 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37859484 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37108767 - Childhood obesity: Plan attacked as 'weak' and 'watered down' &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36805577 - Public health cuts 'could hamper anti-obesity effort' &! WHO World Obesity Day // In the UK, one in every 10 young people aged five to 19, is obese. Obese children are likely to become obese adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems, say experts.
These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon. [...] "Even skinny people are heavier than they would have been ten years ago.
"We have not become more weak-willed, lazy or greedy. The reality is the world around us is changing." - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41550159 &! bariatric surgery - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/obese-people-treatment-surgery-britain &! hidden sick environment to navigate: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/11/high-calorie-puddings-dominate-childrens-menus-at-leading-food-chains
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS future precarious, says regulator - BBC News
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is "straining at the seams" and faces a "precarious" future.
The England's regulator's annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses. It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned standards were likely to drop. //>> GPs not focused to reverse diet lifestyle diesease. // "We are going to see a fall in the quality of services that are offered to people and that may mean that the safety of some people is compromised,"
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Global cost of obesity-related illness to hit $1.2tn a year from 2025 | Society | The Guardian
The cost of treating ill health caused by obesity around the world will top $1.2tn every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the rapidly worsening epidemic, according to new expert estimates. Obesity and smoking are the two main drivers behind the soaring numbers of cancers, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes worldwide, grouped together officially as non-communicable diseases. They are the biggest killers of the modern world.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Care Appointments | Extra £5 million for NHS Scotland to reduce delays and ease winter pressures
Last winter health boards were given £12 million in additional winter resilience funding and the previous year they received £10.7 million.

This year’s funding follows a £59 million health service cash boost announced in May to drive down waiting times, £9 million of which was targeted at improving A&E performances on waiting times and delayed discharges.
winter  Crisis  NHS  Scotland  Grampian  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  premature  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  Austerity  elective  surgery  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  elderly  adult  social  Disabled  waiting  time  treatment  delay  rationing  A&E  GP 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Health bosses apologise as number of ops in cancelled by NHS Grampian increase - Evening Express
MSPs held a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the situation at NHS Grampian after new figures showed 9% of all planned operations were cancelled in August. &! https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/nhs-report-shows-rise-in-vacancies/ - The number of vacancies for consultants and nurses in the North-east has increased. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41497626 - NHS Grampian 'sees 75% of locum spending in north of Scotland' &! Stress fissure show everywhere, even higher up: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1336268/apology-after-health-report-error-for-neabsh-p10/
NHS  Grampian  elective  surgery  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  ICU  Council  A&E  GP  babyboomers  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  waiting  times  treatment  delay  patient  safety  adult  social  elderly  Disabled  staff  shortage  winter  Crisis  recruitment  hiring  locum  Nurses 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Care homes places 'crisis' in five years across England - BBC News
Consumer group Which? said "urgent action" was needed because of a rising population of older people.
England has 407,000 care home beds but would need another 50,000 by 2022 to meet demand.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "addressing" the issue and £1bn was invested in 2017. [...] The problems are "systemic" and as it can take up to seven years to plan and build a new care home, the sector "won't be able to meet the growing need of the country's ageing population", Which? said. &! https://www.channel4.com/news/most-councils-will-not-have-enough-care-home-places - five years’ time, nine out of ten local authorities in England will not have enough care home places to match the demand of the growing elderly population.
NHS  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  social  adult  elderly  care  Austerity  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  elective  delayed  treatment  Nurses  health  demand  demographic  bubble  ageing  population  chronic  sick  CVD  Disabled  diabetes  obesity  overweight  Alzheimer  dementia  Crisis  staff  shortage  locum  patient  safety  Brexit  immigration  mental  diseases  complex  needs  Jeremy  Hunt  surgery  GP  A&E 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS plans to introduce an 'App' for staff to 'work extra hours at short notice'
https://skwawkbox.org/2017/10/03/video-hunt-ill-give-nurses-an-app-to-work-longer-at-short-notice/ - VIDEO: HUNT – “I’LL GIVE NURSES AN APP TO WORK LONGER AT SHORT NOTICE” //&! Several changes to nursing education were also announced during the conference including; increasing the number of trainee nursing associates and introduce nursing apprenticeships. apprenticeship nurses! are you kidding me!? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41489986 // from reg nurses w work experience and college/uni time to nursing associates to apprenticeship nurses! // Jeremy thinks you can catch patient safety w Nursing for Idiots. As well as allowing family to wash their relatives. // [...] [ending free nurse training = policy blunder bc also pay cap, austerity, not valued = training numbers down] Mr Hunt's announcement begs a big question - why is the Government flagging up a route to nurse qualification with no tuition costs at the same time as scrapping free tuition for student nurses? Could the Health Secretary have realised that making nurse trainees pay for their tuition might deter future applicants?
NHS  Nurses  Junior  Doctor  gig  economy  1099  on-demand  Jeremy  Hunt  Brexit  immigration  EU  staff  recruitment  Austerity  remuneration  Crisis  staffing  hiring  locum  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  delayed  treatment  bedblocking  Council  bed  blocking  Simon  Stevens  quality  patient  safety 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
England and Wales death rate rise linked to longer stays in hospital | Society | The Guardian
The sharp rise in the death rate in recent years could be down to the number of people being kept too long in hospital, inadequate social care and austerity-linked pressures on the NHS, academics say.

About 7,800 extra deaths a year in England and Wales are being caused by the dramatic increase in the number of people being forced to stay in hospital longer than necessary because they cannot safely be discharged, it is claimed.
NHS  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  social  elderly  care  ageing  chronic  sick  population  Austerity  STP  CEP  waiting  times  rationing  demographic  bubble  mental  health  loneliness  recovery  infection  Nurses  staff  shortage  Crisis  winter 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Data on NHS waiting lists in Scotland ‘suggests interference’ | Scotland | The Times & The Sunday Times
[ar politicians meddling with the statistics?] The UK Statistics Authority, the official regulator, has looked into a complaint about the publication of waiting list information by the Scottish NHS and concluded that staff made “a series of misjudged decisions”. They accuse the statistics arm of NHS Scotland — the Information Services Division (ISD) — of “catering more for the needs of policy officials” than patients. &! http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15562974.Scotland__39_s_health_data_body_rebuked_over_way_data_on_waiting_times_was_presented/ - It was concerned figures given by the Information Services Division (ISD) did not give a full picture of the scale of the problem and that patients returning for treatment, as well as first time patients, had to endure long waits.
NHS  Scotland  Politics  SNP  waiting  time  referral  Grampian  accountability  statistics  GP  delayed  treatment  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  pain  elective  urgent  A&E  care  social  adult  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  overweight  mental  health  Disabled  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  baby  boomers  disease 
september 2017 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 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Tony Booth: Till Death Us Do Part actor dies at 85 - BBC News
Booth, who was 85, had been suffering from Alzheimer's for more than 10 years and had suffered heart problems.
premature  death  Alzheimer  dementia  CVD  health  care  demand  Council  NHS  bedblocking  bed  blocking  rationing  elderly  adult  social  babyboomers  baby  boomers  demographic  bubble  ageing  chronic  sick  population 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS slams big pharma in High Court row over drug pricing powers
The row is over powers introduced in April giving NHS England the right to ration costly medicines, including if they are expected to cost more than £20m in any of their first three years of use. Previously medicines signed off as clinically effective and good value for money by public drug price regulator Nice had to be automatically funded and made available by the NHS within three months. [...] The drugmakers argue the changes will limit patients’ access to cutting-edge treatments, particularly for rare diseases where the benefits are large but the patient numbers are small. In their claim the drug firms argue Nice acted beyond its powers to introduce the so-called budget impact test and failed to consult properly with ­industry on the detail of the proposals.
NHS  NICE  big  pharma  Cancer  CVD  health  care  demand  Austerity  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  delay  treatment  chronic  sick  population  prevention  babyboomers  baby  boomers  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  cost  Council  bedblocking  social  adult  elderly  bed  blocking  dementia  diabetes  obesity  overweight 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
GPs told to refrain from referring as hospital declares early-season black alert | News Article | Pulse Today
A hospital in Cambridgeshire has asked GPs to refer their patients elsewhere after declaring a ‘critical internal incident’ because of a lack of beds.
NHS  winter  crisis  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
What will cost more than lifting the public sector pay cap? Not lifting it | Faiza Shaheen | Opinion | The Guardian
[finding efficiencies ... ] Let’s start with costs of recruitment and retention. This is a big one. Job advertising isn’t cheap and new recruits take time to settle in. Last year, a study found there had been a 61% rise in advertising spend since 2010 in secondary schools alone, costing £56m in 2015. Shortages in the health service mean NHS Trusts are paying millions every month to agency and bank nurses to ensure there are adequate levels of staff on wards.

Stress-related leave has also increased in the public sector as workers are understandably getting run down working in understaffed schools and hospital wards. This is just staff – what about the costs to our children of being in classes too big for them to maximise their learning or to a sick individual who has an operation delayed?
NHS  School  Police  paycap  Austerity  staff  shortage  locum  retention  Crisis  hiring  recruitment  STP  rationing  health  care  demand  education  policy  Privatisation  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Nurses  elderly  adult  social  bedblocking  Council  bed  blocking  ageing  demographic  chronic  sick  population  public  sector  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  debt  workers  trade  union 
september 2017 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 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
UN report attacks austerity budgets for growing inequality | Business | The Guardian
Austerity budgets adopted by governments across the world since the 2008 financial crash are to blame for undermining the job security of millions of workers and threatening the progress made by women in the workplace, according to a UN report. [...] The report argued that giving women access to decent employment could only be achieved if governments maintained investment in affordable childcare facilities and care for the elderly. When they make steep cuts in early-years education and healthcare provision they are effectively asking women to pick up the slack, it said.
Austerity  gender-based  discrimination  child  care  education  policy  women  Gesellschaft  Society  gender  pay  gap  adult  elderly  social  bedblocking  bed  blocking  services  NHS  Feminism  Sexismus  sexism 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Overburdened NHS faces 'winter of woe', leading doctors warn | Society | The Guardian
A total of 181,692 bed days were lost in hospitals in England in July to “delayed transfers of care”, when patients are fit to leave but cannot be safely discharged. Prof Derek Alderson, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said hospitals’ ability to cope with the coming winter was at risk because so many beds were tied up with such patients. [...] A war of words between local councils and the NHS broke out on Thursday over who was to blame for the high number of patients trapped in hospital. [bc on both sides, money was not spend on care that was allocated but elsewhere to pluck holes] [...] It also emerged on Thursday that the number of written complaints about NHS services in England rose by 5% last year – with GPs a particular target of patients’ frustration.
NHS  winter  crisis  bed  blocking  bedblocking  Austerity  STP  rationing  Council  flu  influenza  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  health  care  demand  medical  advances  GP  A&E  CCG  adult  elderly  social  Community  accountability 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS boss puts service on high alert in case of heavy winter flu burden | Society | The Guardian
Ministers must admit that the health service can’t cope. NHS bosses know the health service cannot meet demand and that patients are suffering, but won’t admit it. - https://www.theguardian.com/society/commentisfree/2017/sep/12/ministers-must-admit-nhs-cant-cope - Most egregious STPs and CEP capped expenditure process. and CCG using mental health money to pluck other holes as well as the extra money they've been given with councils to create more community care (bed blocking) is also diverted. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41241639 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41189137
NHS  winter  crisis  chronic  sick  population  influenza  flu  ageing  demographic  bubble  pneumonia  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  STP  rationing  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  Privatisation  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  CEP  CCG  transparency  corruption  mental  health  GP  A&E  waiting  times 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Statins cut the risk of heart disease death by 28% among men, study shows | Society | The Guardian
[ more pills ] Ray said people with lower levels of cholesterol, around 4mmol/L, who otherwise appear healthy, should also be treated with statins.
NHS  health  care  demand  Statins  big  pharma  CVD  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  GP  A&E  premature  ageing  Disabled  disability  adult  social  elderly  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  Austerity  STP  rationing  chronic  sick  population  obesity  overweight  Cancer  prevention  nutrition  lobby 
september 2017 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 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Health service savings consultation launched - BBC News
While each trust have made their plans independently, some common themes have emerged such as the cutting of agency or locum staff and a reduction of non-urgent elective surgery.
The Belfast Trust proposals could mean the closure of around 100 bed places while the Northern Trust has also suggested closing two wards in Whiteabbey Hospital.
The proposals could be reversed should the Stormont government return and a health minister be appointed.
UK  NHS  Northern  Ireland  Austerity  STP  rationing  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  Alcohol  Diet  self-medication  coping  mechanism  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  mental  S.A.D.  western  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  sedentary  lifestyle  public 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Stephen Hawking: I'm worried about the future of the NHS - BBC News
"The more profit is extracted from the system, the more private monopolies grow and the more expensive healthcare becomes. The NHS must be preserved from commercial interests and protected from those who want to privatise it," he said.
NHS  STP  Austerity  Privatisation  rationing  health  care  demand  ageing  population  chronic  sick  medical  advances  diabetes  CVD  Cancer  obesity  Jeremy  Hunt  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Moray nurse warns that proposed changes could put lives at risk | Press and Journal
District nurses in NHS Grampian could come under management of GPs as part of changes to the organisation of community care being considered by health bosses.

The board believes the move, one of several options being considered, would result in a stronger link between patients and the GP responsible for their care.

Unions have held talks with management however after some staff raised fears it could lead to longer waits for patients receiving vital care due to piling the extra workload on already under-pressure doctors.
NHS  Scotland  GP  elderly  adult  social  care  community  bedblocking  bed  blocking 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Health and social care integration underfunded, MSPs warned - Evening Express
The integration of health and social care is underfunded and lacks a long-term financial strategy, a Holyrood committee has been told.

The budget shortfall means the required shift in the balance of care will take longer to achieve, according to the authorities set up to oversee the change.
NHS  Scotland  Council  SNP  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  care  elderly  mental  health 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Essex nursery 'closes because of universal free hours scheme' - BBC News
underfunded policies. promising something w big number £, not adding up. see Prisons, Police, NHS, mental health, infrastructure (electrification), Hinkley Point C, HS2. And School Meals and DementiaTax from Theresa May. And the 2bn that add not up for "bed blocking". See also voter response to 'we don't need to budget our manifesto, look at our track record.' Or the brilliance of disaster (cant make that shit up) the new funding formula and roll out for schools funding per pupil is was.
UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  David  Cameron  Austerity  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  child  care  Prison  NHS  Council  George  Osborne  mental  health  infrastructure  Hinkley  HS2  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  GE2017  DementiaTax  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  education  policy 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Mental health patients stranded in units for years - BBC News
Over the past two years, at least 91 patients have waited more than a year to be discharged, with at least seven patients waiting more than two years.
At least 320 patients had to wait at least 100 days to be discharged, BBC Freedom of Information requests show.
Experts say a lack of suitable accommodation and wrangling over budgets are to blame for the delays.
NHS  mental  health  adult  social  care  Council  Austerity  rationing  bedblocking  bed  blocking  STP  Privatisation  locum  staff  shortage 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Care homes face 'huge shortfall' in available beds - BBC News
Up to 3,000 elderly people will not be able to get beds in UK care homes by the end of next year, research suggests.
Research commissioned by BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme reveals a huge shortfall in the number of beds available.
Increasing demand from an ageing population could see that grow to more than 70,000 beds in nine years' time.
The Department of Health said local authorities in England had been given an extra £2bn to help fund social care.
But in the past three years one in 20 UK care home beds has closed, and research suggests not enough are being added to fill the gap.
NHS  bed  blocking  bedblocking  Council  adult  care  home  social  elderly  Disabled  Austerity  STP  minimum  wage  minimumwage  rationing 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Shake-up set to benefit 100,000 people every year at hospital wards - Evening Express
[ now you are encouraged to wash your relative yourself ] “We encourage carers to participate in the care of their family member or friend while in hospital if they wish to do so and welcome carers to visit the ward as much as their family or friend would like.

“Some of the feedback has been really heartfelt and we are proud that we’ve been able to lead the way in Scotland by introducing this type of scheme.”
NHS  Scotland  Grampian  Austerity  staff  shortage  locum  rationing  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  elderly  care  adult  social  health  demand  ageing  population  chronic  sick  demographic  bubble 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
SNP NHS bed-blocking crisis: Over 200,000 beds lost a DAY as patients wait to leave | UK | News | Express.co.uk
bed blocking the size of scotlands super hospital // Scottish Labour said 1,377 beds had been filled every day since the start of the year, the equivalent of adult capacity at Glasgow’s £842 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. [...] Information Services Division Scotland figures show a total of 206,537 bed days were lost between January and May this year. In February it emerged some patients were languishing more than a year to be discharged.
NHS  Scotland  SNP  Shona  Robison  Nicola  Sturgeon  social  care  adult  Disabled  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Austerity  Council  Privatisation 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Unpaid carers save economy almost £60bn each year - BBC News
The ONS links the rise in unpaid care by family members to "a rapidly ageing population and a higher life expectancy".
"At age 65 a man will spend, on average, 44% of the rest of his life in poorer health, and a woman, 47% of her life," says the ONS document.
Women are more likely than men to be informal carers, with women making up 59% of carers. [...] The value of unpaid care outweighs the amounts spent on formal social care, the document suggests.
NHS  Council  Austerity  elderly  adult  social  care  STP  rationing  waiting  times  bed  blocking  bedblocking  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  public  health  medical  advances  demand 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS chiefs soften 'brutal' cost-cutting plan after huge backlash | Society | The Guardian
NHS bosses have been forced to backtrack on controversial plans to impose “brutal” cost-cutting measures that involved delaying operations, denying patients treatment and closing hospital wards. [...] The backlash against the cuts envisaged under the “capped expenditure process” has prompted NHSI to write to hospital trusts in the 14 areas to clarify the initiative in a bid to lessen the hostility it has triggered. It has imposed the CEP on the 14 areas because they are due to record massive deficits this year, though they blame NHS underfunding for their problems.
NHS  Austerity  STP  rationing  waiting  times  A&E  GP  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  CVD  cancer  diabetes  stroke  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  demographic  bubble  medical  advances 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
What next for the NHS and social care? by Weekly Economics Podcast
social care cuts and real term cuts to nhs & tax avoidance of social care homes, nursing homes, residential homes!!! - FOLLOW THE MONEY
NHS  Austerity  social  care  deprivation  adult  bedblocking  bed  blocking  STP  Privatisation  UK  tax  avoidance  evasion  profit  maximisation  Tories  Transparency  nasty  party  Conservative  Council 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS - planning for winter already - BBC News
Councils have not and are not spending the extra 1bn given appropriately - via nhs survery - to alleviate bed blocking situation. Misspend it on other holes of the sinking ship. like trust did and do with mental health money.
NHS  winter  crisis  wintercrisis  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  social  elderly  fuel  poverty  UK  STP  austerity  Council 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
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