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According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, there have been 4.7% fewer referrals to hospital made by GPs in the three months from April to July than there were for the same months in 2010.
This has led to concern that it may be storing up problems for the future, as fewer people are getting the care they need at an early stage. Outpatient attendances have also been recorded at a lower level, dropping by 2.7% for the same period year on year.
The British Medical Association has …

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Bupa has criticised the government’s lack of policy on care homes around the UK.
Ray King, chief executive of Bupa has suggested that the care home sector is heading into a crisis because of a dire lack of funds from the government.
He called on the government to, “address the chronic underfunding of care,” otherwise the closure of private care homes will create a crisis of “bed blocking” across the NHS.
Mr King suggested that the number of care home places in the UK will spirall unless operators get “fairer fees.”
Bupa itself recently …

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The Labour party have accused David Cameron of worsening inequality within the NHS.
Labour say that poorer areas such as Manchester and Liverpool are going to lose funding but affluent areas such as Surrey and Oxfordshire are set to gain money. They also argue that those areas set to gain are predominantly Conservative compared to the Labour dominated North West.
The figures have been brought about due to a significant way in which Primary Care Trusts are allocated resources and the weighting given to “health inequalities.”
By changing the weighting from 15% to …

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NHS trusts are delaying non-urgent operations – for the simple reason that this cuts waiting lists because patients either die whilst waiting or choose to pay for the operation to be done privately.
This callous attempt to save money sees NHS managers deliberately causing delays of up to four months in the hope that they’ll ‘remove themselves from the waiting list’ in one way or the other.
In an official report by the independent watchdog, Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), who advises the NHS, it has been shown that NHS trust managers …

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In his speech to the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, Andrew Lansley called on NHS managers to “regain the momentum” on restructuring the health service, following changes to the health and social care bill.
“The pause is over. It’s now time to act,” he stated.
Lansley described the listening exercise as “an unusual step”, but said the bill has been improved as a result of pause, which was carried out by the Future Forum group led by Professor Steve Field. The health secretary also said the pause had helped the government to …

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The Health and Social Care Bill 2011 proposes far reaching reforms of the National Health Service in the UK. These reforms include the creation of an independent NHS Board, improved patient choice and significant reductions in the costs of administration. The reduction in costs involves cutting the number of different health bodies responsible for health care provision including Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities.
To pass into law a bill has to clear 5 distinct stages in both the Commons and the Lords before receiving Royal Assent. These stages are;

First …

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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 …