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  1. News Article
    Experienced emergency department nurses are “leaving in droves” because they feel unable to do their jobs properly under the current conditions, a doctor has warned. Giving evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee yesterday, Dr Adrian Boyle, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, raised concern about nurse retention and morale in emergency departments. “We are haemorrhaging experienced emergency nurses because they are finding it very frustrating" He said: “What I'm also seeing is that a lot of nurses, particularly the experienced nurses, they're al
  2. Content Article
    The census had responses from all 12 major Emergency Departments in Wales and found: There is one WTE Consultant per 7784 annual attendances, considerably less than the RCEM recommended figure of 1:4000. Of these 101 consultants, 19 are planning to retire in the next six years – a fifth of the consultant workforce. There were 90 gaps in the consultant rota, 33 in the middle grade rota and eight in the junior rota. Inability to recruit was the primary reason for rota gaps. This is leading to departments in Wales not meeting RCEM best practice recommendations of having
  3. Content Article
    The Commission will draw up recommendations for reform in the following ten areas: The funding model for health and social care GPs and pharmacists Hospitals, waiting lists and maternity provision Social care Workforce—including recruitment, retention and training Cancer Obesity Mental health The role of new technology Health inequalities
  4. News Article
    Being placed on immunotherapy to treat Stage 4 cancer was a life-saver for Imogen Llewellyn. Three years on, the 34-year-old is currently cancer-free, but said if it was not for specialist doctors, the side effects could have killed her. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) claims Wales needs more oncology experts in A&E to recognise and treat emergencies. The Welsh government said all acute hospitals were expected to have an acute oncology service. The RCP report wants investment in emergency cancer care because of the sheer volume of patients who need urgent care dur
  5. News Article
    A record number of patients suffered “severe harm” as a result of ambulance delays in December, soaring by nearly 50 per cent in just one month as the NHS crisis deepened. Almost 6,000 suffered permanent or long-term harm due to long waits to hand over patients outside A&Es – up from just over 4,000 in November. A further 14,000 patients were likely to have suffered “moderate harm”, an analysis by The Independent of NHS ambulance data and estimates of harm by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) found. This includes incidents that resulted in patients needing
  6. News Article
    A growing number of patients deemed to require a hospital admission are waiting so long in A&E that they end up being discharged before being admitted to a ward, HSJ has been told. A senior emergency clinician, who has delivered improvement support to multiple emergency departments across the NHS, said such cases have become a regular occurrence – describing it as a “terrible experience” for some patients. The clinician, who asked not to be named, said: “I suspect every ED in the country are having patients who are spending 24 to 48 hours in ED under the care of a specialist, tha
  7. News Article
    Pressures on emergency health services are so bad that the UK government should declare a “national emergency” and call a meeting of the Civil Contingencies Committee (COBRA)—the body summoned periodically to deal with matters of major disruption—peers have said. The cross party House of Lords Public Services Committee said in a report that the government needed to respond with an emergency approach and steps to remedy the situation in the longer term. A recurring theme of the report is the substantial delays highlighted by the media in recent months, which peers said were caused by
  8. Content Article
    The report's action plan for emergency health services: An emergency response: Recognising this is a national emergency, the Government should refer the crisis in emergency health services to a COBR Committee. Deliver care at the right place, right time: In the short term, boost the number of clinicians in 999 and 111 services so that patients are being directed to the right services at the right time. Unlock the gridlock: Incentivise faster safe discharges from hospitals and increase capacity in hospitals and social care to make sure people can move through the health syste
  9. News Article
    Ambulance bosses have apologised to the family of a man who died after he had a heart attack but no ambulance came. Martin Clark, 68, started suffering with chest pains at his home in East Sussex on 18 November - before any strike action started in the NHS. His family rang three times for an ambulance and after waiting 45 minutes drove him in their car to hospital. When they arrived, the father of five went into cardiac arrest and, despite receiving medical attention, died. Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said cases such as the Clarks' were "incredib
  10. News Article
    Patients have suffered cardiac and respiratory arrests because of errors using oxygen cylinders, NHS England has warned, citing more people being cared for in “areas without access to medical gas pipeline systems” such as corridors and ambulances queuing outside A&E. A patient safety alert issued by NHS England today identifies 120 incidents in the past year related to oxygen cylinder use, including cylinders either being empty at point of use, not switched on, inappropriately transported, or inappropriately secured. Some of the incidents involved “compromised oxygen delivery to
  11. News Article
    Nigel Edwards is the Chief Executive of the think tank the Nuffield Trust. In this interview, he outlines the discharge problems currently faced by NHS hospitals, highlighting lack of staff and resources in the social care sector as major causes of hospital capacity issues. Source: Channel 4 News
  12. News Article
    An acute trust has announced the ‘reluctant’ return of ‘corridor care’ – having previously eradicated the unsafe practice – due to extreme ambulance handover delays and other emergency pressures. Last year, University Hospitals North Midlands Trust chief executive Tracy Bullock said the trust had been “resisting” placing patients in corridors as it “brought significant patient safety and staff wellbeing issues”. This was despite the trust having large numbers of handover delays, being singled out for criticism by the ambulance service, and ‘corridor care’ being commonplace in many other a
  13. News Article
    Paramedics will only wait with patients for 45 minutes before leaving them on a trolley in A&E, one ambulance trust has said. One in five ambulances are waiting at least an hour outside accident and emergency departments to hand over patients, the latest data show, despite NHS standards stating it should only be 15 minutes. Now, London Ambulance Service (LAS) leaders have told hospitals their staff will only remain with patients for a maximum of 45 minutes for handover due to “the significant amount of time being lost” waiting in A&E departments. A leaked letter, seen by
  14. News Article
    Managers in an NHS area are considering using "field hospitals" to deal with the surge in patients. Sarah Whiteman, chief medical director of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board told colleagues the use of tents was a "real possibility". In an email, she also asked colleagues to sign temporary contracts to work in emergency departments. The board said the use of tents in hospital grounds was not imminent. Dr Whiteman's email, obtained by The Sunday Times and seen by the BBC, began with the statement: "Call to arms". It emphasised how busy the
  15. News Article
    The crisis engulfing the NHS will continue until Easter, health leaders have warned, as senior doctors accused ministers of letting patients die needlessly through inaction. More than a dozen trusts and ambulance services have declared critical incidents in recent days, with soaring demand, rising flu and Covid cases and an overstretched workforce piling pressure on the health service. But amid warnings that up to 500 people a week may be dying due to delays in emergency care alone, and of oxygen for seriously ill patients running out in parts of England, NHS leaders warned more chao
  16. News Article
    A teaching hospital that was lauded for its culture and championed by ministers has been downgraded from ‘outstanding’ to ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission. CQC inspectors found multiple issues at Salford Royal Hospital during an inspection in August and September. These included nurse staffing, governance, and some cultural concerns. The trust’s urgent and emergency services were rated “inadequate” for safety. The hospital in Greater Manchester had been rated “outstanding” since 2015, and was frequently hailed as a leader on the patient safety agenda, particularl
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