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NHS hospitals are finding it hard to maintain quality and avoid significant cuts according to the King’s Fund.
Half of all finance directors surveyed for the latest quarterly report on MHS performance expressed concern over meeting targets over the coming year.
Approximately a quarter of all 29 finance directors were worried that they could end up with a budget deficit for the year whilst struggling to maintain clinical standards.
Professor John Appleby, chief economist at the King’s Fund, added that there should be “significant doubt” over hospitals reaching their set targets.
Sir Richard Thompson, …

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The financial situation imposed on the NHS seems to have had an effect on waiting lists. Recent figures state that more people now have to wait longer to get essential tests performed on the NHS. This comes after the record low that was experienced just last year.
The most telling statistic concerned May’s figures when compared to those issued a year earlier. In May 2010, 3,378 people were waiting for longer than six weeks to have essential tests done. In May 2011 this figure had risen markedly to 15,667. This figure …

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Despite promises from David Cameron that NHS waiting times would not increase, figures just released have shown that this is not the case.  In May 2011, 15,667 patients waited more than six weeks for important diagnostic tests, as opposed to 3,378 in the same month last year.  These include waiting times for tests such as x-rays, ultra-sounds and cardiology diagnostics.
When you bring into play the waiting times for patients results of these tests, the figures become even more worrying.  While 2.7 per cent of patients waited over six weeks for …

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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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David Nunn, the Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Guy’s Hospital who a few weeks ago lost his temper with David Cameron, Nick Clegg and entourage on a walk-around and publicity shoot, is now conspicuous in his absence from the hospital.
Mr Nunn, who became an instant internet hit – not to mention a hero amongst many in the NHS – stormed into the ward as politicians prepared to pose for photographs.  For whilst Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg had indeed stripped to bare arms and washed and scrubbed in accordance with the …

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Labour has condemned the NHS reforms process as “rushed and reckless,” as the coalition decide not to allow full scrutiny of the reform amendments.
Shadow health secretary John Healey said, “The way David Cameron’s government is dealing with the NHS and parliament is a disgrace,” before adding, “NHS patients and staff have seen a wasted year of chaos, confusion and incompetence. It’s clear today this will continue, with the NHS set to be deeply mired in more centralisation, more complex bureaucracy and more wasted cost in the years to come.”
It was …

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The Tories have had to assure fellow party members that the diluting of changes within the NHS reform bill has not crossed the Tory red lines, despite Lib Dems claiming it a victory in their favour.
The Government is set to accept a heavily amended version of the original Health Reforms Bill but Lansley stressed that core principles remain in place.
Changes are set to include;

Ensuring Monitor, the health service regulator, does not promote competition.
The widening of membership to GP led consortium’s to ensure, “effective multi-professional involvement in the design and commissioning …

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The current health reforms could see patients lose trust in GP’s according to a Bedfordshire GP.
He claims that delicate decisions could be undermined by potential financial gains and could result in no trust between patients and GP’s. His view that payment by result is a “hideous undercurrent” in Lansley’s bill was the general consensus agreed in the open debate this week. The debate concluded that unless the government could confirm to whom they owe their primary responsibility then there is a high risk of losing the trust of their patients.
Dr …

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One in seven UK couples experience significant difficulty in conceiving, and IVF treatment is often their only chance of having children.  However, despite specific NHS guidelines to the contrary, over 70% of trusts are withholding treatment as a cost-cutting exercise.
The guidelines, developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), state that couples should be given up to three cycles if the woman is aged 23-39.
In March, Freedom of Information requests were sent out to PCT’s by The All Party Parliamentary Group.  Out of the 177 trusts, 171 …

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NHS waiting times for diagnostic tests have tripled within 12 months according to new figures.
Yesterday David Cameron stated that, “waiting times really matter… I refuse to go back to the days when people had to wait for months and months to have surgery done. So let me be absolutely clear: we won’t.”
However, figures revealed today show that 1409 people waited more than three months for diagnostic procedures in April this year, compared to just 193 in the same period last year. Additionally, more than 14 000 patients who had diagnostic …