Monday, 6 January 2014
Better Information Means Better Care: NHS contacts all English households from today Leaflets explaining how the NHS uses patient information will begin landing on the doormats of England’s 26.5 million households from today.
MPs criticise Tamiflu secrecy and stockpiling "Drug companies accused of holding back complete information on clinical trials," The Guardian reports.
MPs have just published a report expressing concern that drug companies are withholding evidence about how effective drugs such as Tamiflu actually are.
Getting behind the curve? Is the new NHS ready for pandemic flu? This report finds that reforms made to the NHS following the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 have impacted upon its ability to deal effectively with a possible flu pandemic. It highlights potential problems which the new NHS now faces in dealing with a possible Centre for Health and Public Interest
Social care cuts stranded 18,500 patients in hospital over Christmas NHS hit by £4.8m bill after lack of provision means more patients cannot be discharged – and more face long waits on trolleys
Almost 18,500 patients spent the holidays in hospital even though they were well enough to be discharged, because a lack of social care meant they could not be allowed home.
NHS figures show there were more than 18,490 "delayed transfers of care" – people still in hospital despite being fit to leave – between 19 December and New Year's Day, at a cost of just over £4.8m.
Patients 'were locked up' at criticised NHS hospital The Department of Health has ordered an investigation into claims that vulnerable patients have been detained against their will. The Daily Telegraph
NHS hospitals suffer staffing crisis on top of scandals Telegraph survey shows significant shortages of senior doctors and nurses in the NHS. The Daily Telegraph
- Midwives and patients warn of ‘devastating’ staff shortages The Independent
Exclusive: NHS care is ‘outstanding’, says hospitals tsar Sir Mike Richards
Compassion in the NHS is “alive and well”, according to England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, in a robust defence of the service’s values and effectiveness. The Independent
Health commissioning groups preparing to put certain medical services out to tender
Some GP surgeries could lose up 15 per cent of their income from April, as health commissioning groups prepare put minor surgery and other services out to private tender. The Independent