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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
NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients - BBC News
Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England's medical director, told the BBC he was worried about how staff would cope with a major flu outbreak.
He said the NHS was under "severe and unrelenting" pressure.
NHS  winter  crisis  influenza  flu 
october 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.
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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. - - 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. &! &!
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Bird flu found in North Yorkshire backyard | World news | The Guardian
The same H5N8 strain of avian flu has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Lincolnshire and at a premises in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It has also been found in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales. The advice from Public Health England is that the risk to public health from the virus is very low. The Food Standards Agency has made clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. &! Nine dead swans have tested positive for H5N8 strain of virus at site where about 80 birds have died so far this winter -
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Government planning to repeal animal welfare codes
Poultry industry to oversee chicken-farming standards as ministers move to create industry-led deregulation. Conservative ministers are planning to repeal an array of official guidance on animal welfare standards, starting with a move to put the code on chicken-farming into the hands of the poultry industry.

Liz Truss, the environment secretary, is overseeing moves to scrap the statutory codes on farm animal welfare and move to an “industry-led” guidance as part of her department’s deregulatory agenda. [ so industry funds its own regulatory body, lol! ] [...] Other sectors that could get control of their own guidance include the cattle, sheep and pig farming industries. //&! Poultry deregulation plans risk bringing back dark days of food scares. History shows problems start when food companies police themselves: think salmonella, BSE, foot and mouth, swine flu - - Privatisation move! Austerity. Self-regulation.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Winter deaths 'highest since 1999' - BBC News
There were an estimated 43,900 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter, the highest number since 1999, figures show. The report suggests most of the deaths involved people over 75. The flu virus was a major cause of the rise, along with an influenza vaccine that was less effective than those of previous years, experts said. The figures are published by the Office for National Statistics and show there were more deaths in women than men.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Patients told to 'Skype your doctor' in bid to relieve Christmas pressure on NHS - Press and Journal
diet, sick population, lifestyle, and going sick into work ( presenteeism ), and not washing hands regularly and door handles / light switches at home. //&! NHS report shows ‘worrying’ gap in life expectancy across north-east. The call comes in the wake of the latest annual report from NHS Grampian’s director of public health – which reveals “persistent health inequalities” between the most and least deprived areas. -
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter’s Ills -
The country is in the grip of three emerging flu or flulike epidemics: an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggressive virus, a surge in a new type of norovirus, and the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years. And these are all developing amid the normal winter highs for the many viruses that cause symptoms on the “colds and flu” spectrum.

Influenza is widespread, and causing local crises. On Wednesday, Boston’s mayor declared a public health emergency as cases flooded hospital emergency rooms.


“Today was the first time I think I was experiencing my first pandemic,” said Heidi Crim, the nursing director, who saw both the swine flu and SARS outbreaks here. Adding to the problem, she said, many staff members were at home sick and supplies like flu test swabs were running out.

2 days Later - New York State declares influenza emergency
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january 2013 by asterisk2a

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