Thursday, 9 June 2016

NGH forced to try to cut waiting lists without spending money

NGH forced to try to cut waiting lists without spending money The Northampton General Hospital chief executive has apologised to patients for long waits for treatment. But Dr Sonia Swart says that the hospital is faced with trying to ease the issue with severely limited funds.

In her column in the hospital’s internal magazine, Insight, she says: “We are really sorry for the upset that long waits have caused our patients, and we’re trying to deal with this issue without spending any more money. “Money is a big problem for us and for the whole NHS, and going into more deficit is not an option.  Northampton Chronicle and Echo

Is the UK spending more than we thought on health care (and much less on social care)?

Is the UK spending more than we thought on health care (and much less on social care)?  New international accounting conventions suggest that the United Kingdom is spending much more on health care, both publicly and privately, than previously thought. The latest spending figures for 2014 published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), adjusted to comply with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) system for health accounts,have added around £21 billion (€27 billion; $30 billion) to health spending – an overnight leap of 13 per cent from the previous estimate for 2014. It also means that total public and private spending on health jumps from 8.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to 9.9 per cent. Can this be true, and what does it mean? The King's Fund

Home adaptation could ease delayed transfers of care

Home adaptation could ease delayed transfers of care A briefing from Public Health England says increased national funding for home adaptations could help reduce delayed transfers of care.

The initiatives making it possible are the disabled facilities grant and the 2016/17 Better Care Fund policy framework. NHS Networks

Capacity and consent: new tool to support your decision making

Capacity and consent: new tool to support your decision making Does my patient have capacity to make this decision about their care? Is there a valid and applicable advance refusal of treatment?
What should I do if my patient lacks capacity to consent to treatment and no one has been appointed to make decisions for them?
If you are in doubt about your patient’s capacity to make a decision about their treatment, a new interactive online tool will help you identify the steps you need to take. General Medical Council

Inpatient survey 2015

Inpatient survey 2015 Care Quality Commission - This survey provides information on the experiences of people admitted to an acute or acute specialist NHS hospital in England in 2015. The results indicate that there have been small, but statistically significant improvements in a number of questions, compared with results dating back to the 2014, 2011 and 2006 surveys. This includes patients’ perceptions of the quality of communication between medical professionals (doctors and nurses) and patients, the standards of hospital cleanliness, the availability of help to eat when needed, the number of nurses on duty and being involved in decisions about their care and treatment.
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NHS England news

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Building better participation

Building better participation

The National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) has launched a new resource guide to help all GP practice Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) to work effectively. The resource will help all PPGs – whether they are long-standing or recently formed to reflect on what they do. It is a useful tool for GP practices and CCGs seeking to support effective PPGs.
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Personal budgets in social care

Personal budgets in social care  House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - This Public Accounts Committee reports warns that stronger measures are needed to safeguard the interests of adults receiving personal budgets for social care. The Committee calls on the Department of Health to set out clearly to local authorities and providers 'what high-quality and proportionate support looks like' and how much it costs, and recommends a range of analytical and other measures to safeguard users' interests and the social care market.
Parliament news

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LGBT patients deserve best possible end of life care, says RCGP

LGBT patients deserve best possible end of life care, says RCGP Responding to a report by Marie Curie on end of life care for LGBT patients, Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders, RCGP and Marie Curie Clinical Lead for End of Life Care, said:

“With our patients now living longer than ever, and routinely presenting with multiple health issues, it is imperative that all our patients - LGBT patients included - receive high quality care as they approach the end of their lives, when people and their families are often at their most vulnerable.

“But as this report shows, a concerning number of LGBT patients are not accessing the appropriate healthcare services as they near the end of their life for fear of discrimination – this unintended consequence is important as it means they are at risk of unmanaged symptoms and reduced ability to get the holistic care all patients and families deserve". Royal College of General Practitioners

Legal Move To Force NHS To Provide Aids Drug

Legal Move To Force NHS To Provide Aids Drug - Sky News Campaigners say a medicine that provides 90% protection from HIV is taking too long to be made available on the NHS.

The National Aids Trust says the "revolutionary" pill has been shown to dramatically reduce the chances of HIV infection. The charity says it is now taking the matter to judicial review in an effort to push the health service into commissioning the drugs. Sky News

Bed-blocking claim by NHS boss ‘a conservative estimate’

Bed-blocking claim by NHS boss ‘a conservative estimate’ Claims by NHS England boss that bed-blocking delays look set to continue for “up to five years” is an underestimate, emergency doctors have said.

Mr Stevens made his comments to the Public Accounts Committee, during which both the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) cited staffing problems as one of a “multitude of factors” that lead to delayed patient discharge, and Age UK highlighted the “ongoing crisis in social care funding”.

But the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has described Mr Stevens’ prediction as, “a conservative estimate”.

Dr Clifford Mann, president of the RCEM, said the current situation is “unacceptable”, and not “tolerable”.  OnMedica News

More than 1,200 cases of FGM recorded in England in just three months

More than 1,200 cases of FGM recorded in England in just three months More than 1,200 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been recorded in England over the past three months.

Between January and March there were 1,242 newly recorded cases of the practice - including on 11 girls born in the UK - reported across the NHS in England, according to newly released data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The Independent

Don’t doubt it. Brexit would hurt the NHS

Don’t doubt it. Brexit would hurt the NHS | Zara Aziz The EU has brought our health service doctors and nurses from Europe, minimum standards on employment rights, and health and safety laws to protect workers
As we count down to the EU referendum, there has been rhetoric and scaremongering from both camps on what an exit would mean for our National Health Service. Although there are concerns on both sides about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Brexiters cite that, and immigration from Europe, as major risk factors to the NHS, which is already struggling with rising demand for healthcare, an ageing population and a deficit of £2.45bn.
The UK attracts the most skilled workers from Europe, who make up around 10% of NHS doctors and 4% of nurses. The Guardian

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