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The BBC has revealed that seven NHS trusts missed their cancer, A&E and operations targets; with only two trusts in London meeting their latest A&E target (to see 95% of patients within 4 hours). This is consistent with NHS data showing that in February 2017 almost all hospital A&E departments (excluding specialist and GP led urgent care centres) failed to see 95% of patients within four hours. Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust was the only London Trust to hit the target that month. If you want to read more about these figures, you can find them here. […]
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The introduction of a controversial healthcare act in England is encouraging hospitals to treat more private patients to raise funds – allegedly increasing waiting times for those being seen on the NHS. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 opened up the possibility for hospitals to raise up to 49 per cent of their income from treating private patients. Previously they were only allowed to raise about 2 per cent from private sources. Critics at the time voiced concerns that those who could afford to pay for their own treatment would be prioritised over those who depend on the national […]
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Is there more to this than meets the eye? Ed Miliband has promised to restore citizens’ rights to get appointments with general practitioners (GPs) within 48 hours. This makes sense. The 48 hour access rule was part of a set of targets introduced under Blair to reduce waiting time for investigations of cancer and time spent in hospital A&E departments. The NHS’s natural tendency is to grow waiting lists, which Labour knew and tried to counter, but the Tories abolished the 48 hour rule in their enthusiasm for small government. The problem for Labour is that this rule is unpopular […]
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A discussion document prepared by a sub-committee for the S.M.A. Central Council Published by The Socialist Medical Association 13 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, W.8 6d. It is not necessary to be a socialist to realise that the National Health Service is being strangulated by lack of money. A vast sum is required to develop its potential into a service capable of utilising the increasing possibilities of modem techniques and discoveries for the treatment and prevention of disease. Money is required to train sufficient doctors, nurses, technical and administrative staff; to build and equip hospitals and health centres; to launch an […]
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