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The news headlines over the past few days have been full of reports over the potential strike action that could occur over the pension situation in the NHS. The Pensions Campaign Group, newly formed to tackle worries about NHS pensions, is comprised of various members of the NHS, and is formed of members from various unions. Everyone from doctors down to admin staff have become involved in the situation, with many worried about what could happen to their pensions in the future.
However the talk of industrial action was tempered by …

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With all the complaints and constant bad news relating to the NHS, it’s sometimes easy to forget what a fundamentally great institution it really is.
In a nutshell – it’s the frontline staff who toil endlessly day and night to provide what often goes far and beyond their job description, providing a service to patients that make the NHS a force still to be reckoned with.  Much as there’s a lot wrong with the NHS, there’s still a huge amount of things that are right, and that’s why it’s refreshing to …

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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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NHS reforms could create the “greatest quango in the sky” unless GP’s are quick to take on the responsibility for commissioning care for their patients, according to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS.
Now that the 2013 deadline for GP take over of commissioning has been relaxed, there are growing concerns that many localities will be in a continual state of planning which could affect patient care.
Sir David writes that reforms could result in the continuing “planning blight” that has affected the health service since changes were announced. “This …

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Much has been made recently of the need to save money across all areas of society but a recent report has indicated that the NHS could be wasting as much as £1 billion due to inefficient use of its buildings and the land it owns.
Consultancy firm EC Harris has released a report that sheds alarming light on the cash that is being wasted in this area every year. If even a fraction of this wastage was redirected to pay for patient care, there would undoubtedly be a noticeable difference in …

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NHS Reforms and What They Mean to YouSome of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms are already being implemented across the country. The head of a doctors’ group said that new GP consortium’s have taken over from managers across the country, and are attempting to save money improve patient care by reducing pressure on hospitals.
These changes have been bitterly criticised by health professionals and MPs who fear it could lead to ‘back door privatisation’, hence the Prime Minister has ‘paused’ the passing of the bill.
Dr John Lister, director of the London Health …

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After months of objections from politicians and charities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday confirmed that the cancer networks, which help aid Primary Care Trusts in the treatment of cancer patients, will be safe when reforms are put into place. Until now Lansley had made clear that it would be up to the proposed GP consortiums as to which services would receive funding, but last night he announced that the government, “will fund and support cancer networks in 2012-13, (and) the NHS commissioning board will thereafter continue to support strengthened cancer …