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With continuing delaying tactics of the NHS for non-life threatening operations, the Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII) have warned against the perils of waiting until later in life to purchase private medical insurance.
The advice for those considering a private health insurance policy is to take it out before reaching middle age.  The longer a person leaves it, the more likely they are to have a pre-existing medical condition that private insurance would not cover.
The AMII say that as we age, the natural wear and tear on the body can …

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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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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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The cost of the government’s NHS reforms is rising by £1m a day according to new figures.
In a spreadsheet released by the Department of Health last week, it was revealed that the cost is now set to reach £1.49bn, a rise of £160m since the last estimate 6 months ago.
The health bill has since undergone scrutiny from the future forum, a committee set up to revise and advise on plans after criticism over the range of plans.
Analysis by the Health Service Journal suggests that moving control of budgets to Gps …

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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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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 …