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Investigation underway to determine if the deaths of five eating disorder patients were avoidable

Kelly Withers
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In 2017, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) raised concerns that the NHS may be missing opportunities to assist patients with eating disorders. They published a report: “Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are...

Is this the end of the four hour A&E target in England?

Laura Owen
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14 hospitals have been chosen to pilot a new way to treat A&E patients. As part of the pilot, the sickest patients will be prioritised, rather than attempting to treat 95% of patients in the current four hour timescale.  The four hour...

Tackling the GP shortfall

Laura Owen
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According to the BBC, some patients have been waiting as long as seven weeks for a routine GP appointment. Those patients who require urgent GP appointments either face long queues on the phone or an early morning queue outside of their GP...

The blood scandal inquiry

Laura Sheehan
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This week has seen the first week of the inquiry looking into how thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood they were given in the 1970s and 1980s. About 5,000 people with haemophilia, a genetic condition that...

Public Health England launch campaign as attendance at cervical screening appointments reaches 20 year low

Alexandra Gill
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You already have a million and one things on your to do list and then the invitation letter drops through your door; time for your cervical screening appointment. The temptation for most people, and for a multitude of reasons, is to delay the appointment...

Technology in healthcare - how far should it go?

Carla Duprey
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I have seen a few articles recently about the increased use of technology in healthcare and how it could potentially lead to fewer fully trained doctors being required and decreased costs in the NHS in the long-term. Dr Eric Topol (US health expert) has...

NHS staffing shortages causing concern

Kelly Withers
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A group of leading think tanks have produced a joint paper predicting that more patients are going to be directed to a pharmacist or physiotherapist over the next decade rather than being seen by their GP, due to doctor shortages. In a joint...

Figures reveal NHS England not meeting cancer treatment targets

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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When a patient is referred by a GP to a hospital with a suspicion of cancer, it is an incredibly worrying time and early diagnosis and treatment is key. NHS England have set a target that 85% of patients should start treatment within 62 days of the...

Your rights to access your own medical records

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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Although you have been able to access your own medical records for some time now, did you know that you no longer need to pay for the request? Since the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations in 2018, a patient’s request to...

Concerns raised about Brexit's impact on the NHS

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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The Royal College of Radiologists has warned that doctors should prepare for delays in obtaining some drugs in the days following Britain’s exit from the EU. Guidance has been released for radiologists advising them to keep their “workload...

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