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According to recent figures released by the Department of Health, the coalition government’s record for waiting times on the NHS has been getting steadily worse over the past months.
The figures have revealed that the recommended waiting times indicated by the government have been breached on many more occasions than has occurred in the past. The percentage increase is rated as 48%.
Two very different stories have emerged as a result of these figures however. Apparently the overall picture is that waiting times are being met for the most part. But drilling …

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The NHS IT system that was developed while Labour was in power is finally going to be scrapped. The coalition has decided that it is best to get out now and prevent any further funds being lost. The total amount of money wasted – taxpayer’s money – is said to be in the region of £12 billion. Some people think the true cost could be far higher.
The National Audit Office had already reported that it was unwise to pour more money into a scheme that has been beset by delays …

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The latest figures reveal that mixed sex wards are gradually slipping into oblivion. The number of patients who have been housed on a mixed sex ward fell to their lowest ever level last month. According to research just 1126 people were on mixed sex wards during August. This is a stark contrast when compared to the 11,000+ patients who were sleeping on these wards last December. The situation appears to have made a remarkable recovery in just eight or nine months.
The health secretary Andrew Lansley has hailed the figures a …

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The Department of Health has released figures that show a shocking increase in the length of time that many people are waiting to be seen in Accident and Emergency departments up and down the country.
The second quarter in 2010 saw 86,626 people having to wait longer than the four hour period that is recommended by government guidelines. This shot up to 165,279 in the same period in 2011. This has worried some who are saying that Andrew Lansley’s decision to get rid of the target for waiting times was the …

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One of the main pledges that David Cameron made in his pre-election manifesto last year – a manifesto that eventually got him into 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister – was to increase spending on the NHS. He pledged that the spending would increase in ‘real terms’ every single year.
However figures recently released by the Treasury have revealed that in the very first year of the coalition government, spending on the NHS has dropped. Spending has decreased by £0.8 billion over the twelve month period, leading Labour to criticise …

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Sir Richard Thompson, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, has spoken out at the state of the NHS and its waiting lists, as they get ever longer in various parts of the country.
He said recently that “the apparent rise in waiting lists is both worrying for patients and evidence of an underlying cause – the increasing pressures on the NHS in general.”
Official data from the NHS shows that waiting lists have got longer since the new coalition government came to power last year. Sir Richard went on to …

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The chief executive of the NHS in the South West, Sir Ian Carruthers, has asked NHS staff for their input and ideas on how the National Health Service can be improved. He wrote an open letter to everyone working in the NHS – not just those in the South West region – in the hope that it would invite good ideas and suggestions to be submitted.
Sir Ian Carruthers is conducting a review on NHS practices for the coalition government. The period for responses to be received lasts until the 31st …

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Prime Minister David Cameron had to fend off repeated questioning from the Labour leader Ed Miliband recently, as the latter asked why cancer patients would be “penalised” as part of the welfare reforms taking place. The discussion took place during the regular Prime Minister’s Questions.
Macmillan Cancer Support has already spoken up about its concerns about the welfare reforms and how they will affect cancer patients. The reforms will mean that people will have their benefits means tested after 12 months. This applies to cancer sufferers as well as others, and …

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The coalition government is currently in the process of reforming the NHS. It has now been revealed that the new Central Executive for the NHS will be based in Leeds.
The role of the Central Executive will be to manage NHS budgets. This will be a step towards granting control of health budgets to consortia of GPs in the future. It is thought that the Central Executive may use the Quarry House premises in the city, as this is where the Department of Health offices are at present. However this has …