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Sep 2015

Cancelled surgery causes over 100 patients to die in last 12 months

Figures released by NHS England have shown that last year, 71,482 operations were postponed and 104 people died before their cancelled NHS surgery could be rescheduled. The figures also show that 27 operations were cancelled by hospitals for non-medical reasons where the patients later died, and that 6,100 patients have been waiting at least a…

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29
Sep 2015

Seven-day opening of GP surgeries ‘unachievable’

According to the Royal College of GPs, the government’s intention to open GP surgeries in England seven days a week risks destabilising care and is unachievable in the current Parliament. Ministers have pledged access to GPs seven days a week by 2020, and have promised 5,000 extra doctors to facilitate that. However, Maureen Baker, president…

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23
Sep 2015

Patients ‘put at risk’ at one of UK’s biggest NHS trusts

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Rosie Birth Centre, has been placed in special measures after being found ‘inadequate’ by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission. Concerns were raised during the inspection about delays in outpatient treatment, staffing levels and governance failings, although the quality of care was rated as ‘outstanding’, with…

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23
Sep 2015

‘No apology’ most common complaint amongst patients

Figures from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) have shown that of all patient complaints investigated in 2014-15, 34% were in relation to not receiving a good enough apology when things have gone wrong. Other top reasons for referrals were poor treatment, errors in diagnosing conditions and lack of communication. The PHSO is approached…

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18
Sep 2015

Variation in access to key NHS services putting patients’ lives at risk

NHS England and Public Health England have published the NHS Atlas of Variation, which looks at NHS service performance in over 200 regions across the country. The atlas has found a two-fold variation in fast stroke treatment and early cancer diagnosis, as well as highlighting significant differences in monitoring diabetes patients. The atlas also found…

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16
Sep 2015

Important Ruling on Travel Time and Mobile Workers

The European Court of Justice has recently handed down a decision relating to workers who do not have a fixed place of work involving implications for many businesses. The case was brought by a group of technicians who did not have a fixed place of work.  They were assigned an area to carry out installation…

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