Healthcare News UK


Is the NHS institutionally racist?

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 09:15
A new report highlights that there are very few senior healthcare professionals from BME backgrounds

I have bookshelves of reports detailing the unfair treatment many NHS Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) staff receive in recruitment, promotion, training, discipline and pay. The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS suggests such unfair treatment extends to every level of leadership and governance of the NHS, with important adverse consequences for patients.

Latest statistics show that 20% of nurses and 37% of doctors in the NHS are from BME backgrounds. Yet just 6% of senior and very senior managers in the NHS are from a BME background and just over 7% (and falling) of NHS trust board members are in this category.

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NHS 24 delays £27m IT system

EHI News - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 01:00
NHS 24 has delayed the deployment of its £27m patient contact and triage management system indefinitely, just weeks before going live with NHS 111.
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UCLH deploys open source patient list

EHI News - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 01:00
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has rolled out an open source patient list web service.
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Good public services 'poisoned' by poor handling of complaints, say MPs

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 00:01
Many parts of government must get better at listening, Commons public administration committee declares

Good public services ranging from the NHS to local government are too often being "poisoned" by inadequate handling of complaints, a cross-party group of MPs has found.

In a report commissioned after the Mid-Staffordshire NHS scandal, the Commons public administration committee said many parts of the government must get better at listening to complaints. It said the government overall fails to conform to best practice on handling the public's concerns.

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Doctors' surgeries to offer out-of-hours appointments and Skype checkups

Guardian Healthcare - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 00:01
One in 10 surgeries will take part in £50m scheme but Labour says things will continue to get worse for majority of patients

One in 10 surgeries are to offer patients the choice of seeing a GP at evenings and weekends, booking appointments online, receiving electronic prescriptions and having checkups over Skype, David Cameron will say on Monday.

The prime minister unveiled the £50m scheme in October amid fears that too many people are turning up to A&E when they cannot get appointments with their GP, putting too much pressure on emergency departments.

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GPs' surgeries to open all hours in £50m reforms

Guardian Healthcare - Sun, 13/04/2014 - 08:39
David Cameron to announce increased access to doctors for 7.5 million people with extended opening hours and new technology

Millions of patients will be able to see their GPs in evenings and on weekends with £50m of government funding made available to extend opening times, it is to be announced.

David Cameron will say on Monday that more than 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using Skype, email and phone.

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Sales reps in NHS maternity wards are a marketing push too far for mothers

Guardian Healthcare - Sun, 13/04/2014 - 00:06
We have come to associate parenthood with buying stuff but that's no reason to subject bed-bound new mums to the hard sell, says Mumsnet editor Sarah Crown

From earliest childhood, it's made clear to us that a major change in life is best tackled by a trip to the shops. New school years are dealt with by the purchase, in August, of pencil cases, lunchboxes and too-long trousers. Starting a new job? Head down the high street for something non-crease and professional-looking. Moving into your first flat? Hello, Ikea.

As we get older, we can come to view the shopping sprees that occur in advance of significant life events as an integral element of the events themselves. There's something reassuringly organised and adult about heading to the shops with a list of essentials before embarking on a new project a sort of real-world expression of the Scouts' motto. If you're equipped, the thinking goes, you are by definition prepared, and given that there's no life event for which we feel more flailingly unprepared than the arrival of a first baby, logic dictates that the best form of preparation is a commensurately large shopping expedition.

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NHS patients are missing out on life-saving robot surgery

Guardian Healthcare - Sun, 13/04/2014 - 00:04
New treatments are being introduced in a haphazard fashion, says surgeon's body

New life-saving surgical techniques are not being adopted quickly enough in British hospitals. That is the stark conclusion of a report by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) which warns this week that patients are missing out on new procedures because the NHS is failing to set up programmes to promote their use in the UK.

The report, Innovation to Adoption: Successfully Spreading Surgical Innovation, stresses the need to find ways to introduce new surgical techniques as quickly as possible, thus saving lives and helping the NHS to save money.

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Wales-England border an NHS line of life and death, says Cameron

Guardian Healthcare - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 19:28
Prime minister claims Welsh hospitals underperform English ones, in attack on Carwyn Jones's Labour administration

The state of hospital treatment in Wales is a national scandal that has created a dividing "line of life and death" on the border with England, David Cameron has said.

Despite accusations from Labour that the Tories are waging war on Wales, the prime minister made a fresh attack on the country's NHS, which is devolved to the administration of first minister Carwyn Jones.

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Staffing levels are the key to safe care

Royal College of Nursing - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 13:23
Responding to a report by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation into the quality of health services in each of the four countries of the UK
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Whose NHS is best? It's the wrong question | Andy McKeon

Guardian Healthcare - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:00
A report suggests that progress will be achieved by spreading learning between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Criticism of the Welsh NHS is a popular sport for English ministers. David Cameron takes regular pot shots at longer waiting times and a failure to hit A&E targets. To the politically cynical it looks like a straightforward attempt to brand Labour, which governs in Wales, as a party that cannot manage the NHS.

It may also be an attempt to show that the "English" approach to managing the NHS, with the development of a market, competition and a variety of private, voluntary and other providers, is producing better results than that in Wales, which abolished the "internal" market in 2009 and makes little use of private providers.

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A day in the life of ... a children's orthopaedic surgeon

Guardian Healthcare - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:00
Jim Huntley is frustrated by well-meant directives that render his job more difficult

Children's orthopaedic surgery, paediatric orthopaedics, is a small sub-speciality concerned with surgery for musculoskeletal trauma, pain and deformity. Children are not just little adults and they deserve the best that humankind has to give. I work in one of the hubs, at the royal hospital for sick children in Glasgow, where six consultants share the on-call (one week in six), serving a large population.

The alarm is set for 6.29am and placed far out of reach, so that to turn it off I actually have to get up. I snatch some cereal and hopefully a brief moment with my own children before driving to work, listening to the Today programme. I arrive at 7.30am, as the canteen opens, and pick up my first coffee of a caffeinefuelled day. I have three-quarters of an hour administration before the 8.15-8.30am trauma meeting where the on-call registrar presents the previous 24 hours' admissions, mainly patients with fractures.

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The NHS is overlooking charities

Guardian Healthcare - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 08:30
The health service is not ready to listen to charities on the role they can play in improving health and social care integration

Integration is often held out as the solution to many of the problems in the health sector. It's a great idea, but not everyone's sure what it is and what it might feel like if we achieve it.

We have an ageing population and those living with long-term health conditions and co-morbidities will become more numerous. We understand the theory that more joined-up services help keep people well and out of hospital. This is good for them and because these patient groups account for 70% of the NHS budget, it's also good for the taxpayer.

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Political interventions in NHS make little difference across UK, study finds

Guardian Healthcare - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 06:30
Report says no frontrunner among four countries despite policy variations, including greater or lesser role of private sector

Healthcare has improved across all four countries of the UK in recent years, though waiting lists in Wales have lengthened following cuts in NHS spending, according to an authoritative report.

The Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation have compared NHS performance in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since devolution. They find that, in spite of political mudslinging, variations in the running of the NHS across the four countries, including greater or lesser involvement of the private sector, have made little difference to outcomes.

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CQC consults on inspection regime

EHI News - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 01:00
The Care Quality Commission has launched a month long consultation on its new regulation, inspection and rating regime.
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£2.2m to deploy digital wards

EHI News - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 01:00
The Scottish government has found £2.2m to support the development and roll-out of a digital patient tracking system across Scotland.
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