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  1. News Article
    Unpaid carers in Northern Ireland are suffering from "shocking levels of poor health", according to the charity Carers NI. In a survey of more than 1,600 unpaid carers across Northern Ireland, more than a quarter of respondents described their mental health as bad or very bad. One in five carers said the same about their physical health. The survey also found some 40% had not had a break from caring during the previous year and 23% said support services in their area did not meet their needs. Tracey Gililand, from Portadown, cares for her two disabled sons and said families like
  2. News Article
    The biggest ever strike by nurses looks set to go ahead. The Royal College of Nursing is due to unveil the results of its ballot, which ended last week, in the next few days. The final results are being counted but RCN sources say a large majority of nurses have voted in favour of action in a dispute over pay. The RCN had recommended to its 300,000 members that they walk out. If strikes take place, they would affect non-urgent but not emergency care. The vote has involved a series of individual workplace-based ballots across the UK and if nurses do not back action at a loca
  3. News Article
    South West Ambulance has the longest waits in the country for people to get through to the operator. It takes almost a minute on average for ambulance control to answer 999 calls compared with just five seconds for the West Midlands service. Jean and Claire Iles called 999 six times to request an ambulance for Steven Iles' internal bleeding and two of their calls were unanswered for 10 minutes "He just looked at me and he just passed away before they could even get to him," 41-year-old Claire Iles said. "I rang about 4pm and said he has gone grey, and I said if you don't come no
  4. News Article
    The gap between the number of GPs per patient in richer and poorer parts of England is widening, according to analysis by University of Cambridge. The study for BBC Newsnight saw "stark inequalities" in GPs' distribution. Separate BBC research also found patient satisfaction on measures such as how easy a practice is to reach by phone is lower in deprived areas. The Department of Health and Social Care said it was focusing support on those who need it most. Earlier this year, public satisfaction with GP care - as measured by the British Social Attitudes poll - fell to its l
  5. News Article
    Ambulance trusts should review their ability to respond to mass casualty incidents and press commissioners for any additional resources they need, the report into the Manchester Arena bombing has said. Only 7 of the 319 North West Ambulance Service Trust vehicles available on the night of the attack, in 2017, were able to deploy immediately, the report said. It said experts believed that “such a situation would almost inevitably be replicated if a similar incident were to occur again anywhere in the country”, given current resources and demand. Ambulance trusts are now hugely more st
  6. News Article
    The state of social care in England has “never been so bad”, the country’s leading social services chief has said, with half a million people now waiting for help. Sarah McClinton, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), told a conference of council care bosses in Manchester: “The shocking situation is that we have more people requesting help from councils, more older and disabled with complex needs, yet social care capacity has reduced and we have 50,000 fewer paid carers.” Over 400,000 people rely on care homes in England and more than 800,000 re
  7. News Article
    Patients are not always getting the care they deserve, says the head of NHS England. Amanda Pritchard told a conference the pressures on hospitals, maternity care and services caring for vulnerable people with learning disabilities were of concern. She even suggested the challenge facing the health service now was greater than it was at the height of the pandemic. Despite making savings, the NHS still needs extra money to cope, she said. Next year the budget will rise to more than £157bn, but NHS England believes it will still be short of £7bn. Ms Pritchard told the Ki
  8. News Article
    Just 10 trusts account for more than half of patients ‘inappropriately’ sent out of their area for a mental health bed – with dozens having to travel up to 300km, according to HSJ analysis. Official NHS data for adults shows these 10 mental health providers accounted for 9,485 “inappropriate” out of area placement bed days during July, out of 18,705 across the 44 trusts reported nationally. At one trust, Sussex Partnership FT, 40 placements were recorded as being between 200km and 300km away in that single month. The trust has revealed in board papers that four were sent to Glasgow.
  9. News Article
    Extreme disruption to NHS services has been driving a sharp spike in heart disease deaths since the start of the pandemic, a charity has warned. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said ambulance delays, inaccessible care and waits for surgery are linked to 30,000 excess cardiac deaths in England. It has called for a new strategy to reduce "unacceptable" waiting times. Doctors and groups representing patients have become increasingly concerned about the high number of deaths of any cause recorded this year. New analysis of the mortality data by the BHF suggests heart disease
  10. News Article
    Further funding cuts to the NHS will unavoidably endanger patient safety, an NHS leader warned last week after the chancellor’s promise of spending cuts of “eye-watering difficulty”. Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said his members were issuing the “starkest warning” about “the huge and growing gulf between what the NHS is being asked to deliver and the funding and capacity it has available”. The warning came as figures showed that paramedics in England had been unavailable to attend almost one in six incidents in September due to being stuck outside hos
  11. News Article
    Scotland's NHS is in "a perilous situation" amid a staffing and funding crisis, according to the chairman of the doctors' union. Dr Iain Kennedy said urgent action was needed to tackle workload pressures ahead of a potentially "terrifying" winter period. It comes after Scotland's health secretary Humza Yousaf admitted NHS Scotland was not performing well. Mr Yousaf told BBC Scotland it would take at least five years to fix. Dr Kennedy, who is chairman of the industry body BMA Scotland, said it was good to hear Mr Yousaf being honest about the scale of the problems, but added tha
  12. News Article
    Steve Barclay is back as England's health secretary, just as the NHS prepares for what its chief executive Amanda Pritchard says could be a "very, very challenging winter". The government has said "intensive work" is under way in the 15 most under-pressure hospital trusts in England, to speed up ambulance delays, free up beds and reduce waiting times in A&E. Emergency departments across the UK are struggling to quickly treat patients. Only 57% of people who turned up at major A&E departments in England last month were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours, well
  13. News Article
    Hospitals and care homes have not received a single penny of a £500m emergency fund promised by the government to prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed this winter, the Guardian has learned. Ministers announced they were injecting the cash into the health and social care system last month, to help get thousands of medically fit patients out of hospital into either their own home or a care home as soon as possible in an effort to better prepare the NHS for the coming months. “At the moment, one of the key challenges is discharging patients from hospital into more appropriate care setti
  14. News Article
    A patient flow model which involves moving A&E patients to wards “irrespective” of whether there are beds available, is under review for wider rollout by NHS England and is being endorsed by senior clinicians, despite safety fears, HSJ has learned. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has said it would be “unethical” for leaders not to at least consider implementing some form of “continuous flow” model for emergency patients. The approach has been been trialled recently by North Bristol Trust and at several London trusts. HSJ understands NHS England is considering the wider i
  15. News Article
    Paramedics in England cannot respond to 117,000 urgent 999 calls every month because they are stuck outside hospitals looking after patients, figures show. The amount of time ambulance crews had to wait outside A&E units meant they were unavailable to attend almost one in six incidents. Long delays in handing patients over to A&E staff meant 38,000 people may have been harmed last month alone – one in seven of the 292,000 who had to wait at least 15 minutes. Of those left at risk of harm, 4,100 suffered potential “severe harm”, according to the bosses of England’s ambula
  16. News Article
    Jeremy Hunt has been told that any cuts to the health budget will in effect “kill” dental services across the UK and deny millions of patients access to a dentist on the NHS. The chancellor has told members of the cabinet that “everything is on the table” as he seeks to find tens of billions of pounds in savings after ditching the economic plan of Liz Truss, who said on Thursday she was standing down as prime minister. Health is one key area expected to be hit. But in an email to Hunt seen by the Guardian, the head of the British Dental Association (BDA) said in plain terms that beca
  17. Content Article
    Key points The health and social care system is gridlocked. People are struggling to access care. Inequalities pervade and persist. The quality of maternity care is not good enough. The care for people with a learning disability and autistic people is still not good enough. Mental health services are struggling to meet the needs of children and young people. Ongoing problems with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards process. Depleted workforce. Challenges and opportunities in local systems.
  18. News Article
    The main corridor of an acute hospital has been closed to patients and staff and turned into a ‘makeshift ward’, in what sources describe as an ‘absolutely unprecedented’ situation. The move by Aintree Hospital comes after staff clashed with paramedics last week about whether ambulance patients could be brought into the crowded emergency department. One staff member, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s exceptional for this to happen, but I can see it happening more over winter. It’s a rock and a hard place… either you wait in the ambulance if the queue is too long, or you wai
  19. News Article
    The NHS is setting up “war rooms” as it prepares for one of the toughest winters in its history, officials have announced. In a letter to staff, health leaders in England set out “winter resilience plans”, which include new system control centres that are expected to be created in every local area. These centres will be expected to manage demand and capacity across the entire country by constantly tracking beds and attendances. They will be operated by clinicians and experts who can make quick decisions about emerging challenges in the health service, NHS England said. The
  20. News Article
    Shortages and rising costs of medicines could result in patients not receiving important prescriptions, community pharmacists have warned. Commonly prescribed drugs used to treat conditions such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure and mental health are among those affected. The Department of Health (DoH) said a support package worth £5.3m for the sector is being finalised. But Community Pharmacy NI said this "falls way short of what is needed". David McCrea from Dundela Pharmacy said the price of some medicines had been raised "fiftyfold". "As a community pharmacist for ov
  21. News Article
    NHS England has warned trusts that it is “essential” that elective procedures go ahead over winter, despite acknowledging hospital occupancy is running at an “all time high”. New winter planning guidance from NHS England, published today, says electives should go ahead “unless there are clear patient safety reasons for postponing activity,” and trusts considering cancelling significant levels of elective activity should escalate to their regional directors to mobilise mutual aid where possible. NHSE has said bed occupancy “continues to be at all-time highs” and encouraged systems to
  22. News Article
    Angry exchanges between paramedics and A&E staff in Liverpool have broken out after new measures were deployed to hold and treat patients in the back of ambulances. Sources said there have been “Mexican standoff” situations at Aintree Hospital in recent days, after hospital staff insisted patients who had been brought inside should be returned to ambulance vehicles. Staff at North West Ambulance Service told HSJ they were informed of a new protocol last week, which said patients should be kept in the back of ambulances if the corridor of the emergency department is full with pati
  23. News Article
    Staff at accident and emergency departments across Scotland have expressed “deep concern” at the daily “excessively long waiting times” that are forcing a record number of patients to wait more than 12 hours, according to a leading NHS consultant. Dr John-Paul Loughrey, vice-chair of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Scotland national board, warned that while such long waits were once regarded as “never events,” they are now daily occurrences. Amid fears the delays will spike significantly over the winter months, especially with another wave of Covid-19 expected, Dr Loughrey sa