Can we really treat the NHS like Bargain Hunt?

Can we really treat the NHS like Bargain Hunt?

Editors at respected medical journal The Lancet have claimed that the Government is treating the NHS like a failing bank instead of taking responsibility for patient care.

 

According to a report in The Telegraph, they are concerned that the recent £500 million ‘bail-out’ for struggling A&E units, and the introduction of a price comparison site for NHS managers, illustrates how…

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Medical Negligence Monday round-up

Medical Negligence Monday round-up

Doctors concerned over levels of patient care
Overstretched GP services and NHS cuts are combining to paint a “bleak picture” of patient care in the future, according to a report in The Telegraph.

 

Of major concern among family doctors is the quality of care that they will be able to offer at-risk elderly people in the face of mounting workloads and diminishing resources.

 

The findings come from a poll of…

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Bureaucracy must not overtake humanity in the NHS

Bureaucracy must not overtake humanity in the NHS

The news this week that an NHS dentist took his own life after health bosses threatened to strike him off “because he couldn’t keep up with paperwork for 10,000 patients” is a reminder of the human cost we risk paying if our national health system becomes dangerously overstretched – that is, if it isn’t already.

 

It also sends out a stark warning about the need to focus on…

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Blame-slinging won’t reduce the likelihood of medical negligence

Blame-slinging won’t reduce the likelihood of medical negligence

Writing in The Telegraph this week, columnist Max Pemberton rightly points out that it seems as if the Department of Health is “damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t”.

 

Referring to the recent news of the £500m cash injection announced to help those A&E wards which are most struggling, Pemberton points out that, while many have welcomed the news of the rescue package, critics have also been…

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Medical Negligence Monday round-up

Medical Negligence Monday round-up

Hunt: Technology and out-of-hours care crucial to NHS reforms
 

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is urging doctors to accept some key reforms in order to create a sustainable NHS.

 

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Hunt explained his plans for a round-the-clock NHS service, where patients will be guaranteed consistent quality of care at weekends and out-of-hours.

 

He also called on GPs to “rediscover and strengthen” relationships with patients under their care,…

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