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NHS under strain

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:29 -- martinn

Leading figures in the Royal College of Physicians have warned that the NHS is facing great strain in caring for very sick patients as a new study shows that European rules are having a detrimental effect on working patterns.

The Federation of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK 2009 census reveals that fewer consultant posts are being created this year and, as the European Working Time Directive is affecting both consultants and junior doctors, it warns that there is a great risk of the NHS reaching “boiling point” in the years to come.

Mother’s hospital experience makes Leeds woman ashamed

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:27 -- martinn

A Leeds woman has said that her mother’s treatment in two Leeds hospitals made her “ashamed this is England”.

Jean Kellard, now aged 81, was visiting her daughter, Carole Brown, in Leeds when she became ill with double pneumonia in November last year. She was initially admitted to Leeds General Infirmary where Mrs Brown said she was left waiting six hours for an x-ray and that her left arm was “left black and blue” after staff made repeated unsuccessful attempts to insert a cannula drip for saline and antibiotics.

New drugs fund pays for Yorkshire woman’s cancer treatment

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 14:09 -- martinn

A new Emergency Cancer Drugs Fund, set up this year, will pay for a West Yorkshire woman to have the Avastin drug to help treat breast cancer.

The fund, which was announced in July by the new coalition government and only came into operation in October, will provide the £20,000 so that Trudy Cusworth, who lives near Selby, will be able to have the treatment which she hopes will prolong her life.

Mixed results in new hospital guide

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 10:16 -- martinn

The new Dr Foster Hospital Guide for 2010, just released, shows that while mortality rates have shown an improvement on last year’s figures and there is less variation between hospitals, 19 hospital trusts had high hospital standardised mortality ratios while four trusts had high ratios for deaths after surgery. Two of the trusts, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, were high in both of those categories.

Physicians concern over lack of cover in hospital wards

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 14:29 -- martinn

The Royal College of Physicians has expressed concern at latest figures which show that acutely ill patients are more at risk of dying at weekends because of the lack of consultants working at that time.

The RCP survey reveals that three-quarters of the 126 hospitals questioned have no specialist cover at weekends and three-quarters of PCTs do not have enough beds available in their acute admission units. It also shows that no hospitals have cover from a specialist consultant for more than 12 hours at weekends, with only 3% having cover for 9 to 12 hours.

Trust pleads guilty to failings after patient’s death

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 11:12 -- martinn

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust has admitted that “failings” contributed to the death of a frail 89-year-old man who died two weeks after falling off his hospital bed in November 2007.

Francis Steele was described as very frail and his bed needed rails on either side, however nursing staff only found one and Mr Steele later fell out of the open side of the bed. The trust admitted failing to comply with health and safety regulations at Shrewsbury Crown Court and was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £8,476 in costs.

Health spending goes towards doctors pay rather than new equipment

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 11:05 -- martinn

A damning new report has criticised the NHS for directing more money towards doctors pay than new equipment.

The report, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, has found that while health spending is on a par with other developed countries, peoples’ overall health has suffered because too much of the money is channeled towards staff pay rather than on new hi-tech equipment which could have a beneficial effect on the nation’s overall health.

Thousands seek compensation after faulty hip implant

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 11:04 -- martinn

Thousands of patients may take legal action against a company which manufactures hip implants following a recall of faulty units used in the operations.

DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, manufactured the units, called the Artificial Surface Replacement (ASR) which were often used for treating younger patients with hip problems as it allowed many of them to retain most of their original bone tissue.

NHS and hospital learning lessons after “near miss”

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 12:07 -- martinn

NHS Leeds and Nuffield Hospital say they are working together to learn lessons after a near miss at the hospital in which a surgeon nearly operated on the wrong part of a patient’s body.

NHS Leeds, which manages and funds healthcare in the city, says that Nuffield has completed an investigation and action plan into the incident which was picked up by the medical team before the surgery had begun.

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