From Daily Mirror: Hospitals will be forced to tear up waiting time targets next year thanks to Tory underfunding, NHS chiefs have warned.
“Staff are struggling so hard, every day, against such odds”: Doctor’s response to Jeremy Hunt goes viral on Twitter
From The Poke: Jeremy Hunt’s tweet about “moving to the next stage” for the NHS was retweeted 22 times. A doctor telling Hunt exactly what she thought of his tweet has been retweeted over 6,000 times.
From the Guardian: Patients recovering from surgery could be discharged from hospital to recuperate in private houses nearby as part of an NHS trial.
The scheme, which is being piloted in Essex, aims to tackle bed shortages and save money but has been criticised by medical professionals and social workers who warn it would give too much responsibility to untrained members of the public. Read more
NHS in Hertfordshire will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or give up smoking
From the Daily Telegraph: The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.
There were 30,000 excess deaths in 2015, representing the largest increase in deaths in the post-war period, which included a large spike in January that year. Researchers exploring why concluded that failures in the health and social care system linked to disinvestment are likely to be the main cause.
#VotingToryKills #ToryAusterity: There were 30,000 excess deaths in 2015, representing the largest increase in deaths in…
From The Guardian: One in three hospital nurses are too busy to relieve patients’ pain, give them their medication on time or talk to them and their families, research reveals.
Fifty-three percent of nurses fear the quality of care patients receive is suffering because they cannot do everything they need to do during their shift, according to a survey of 30,000 nurses.
And nurses are being left responsible for the care of as many as 25 hospital patients at a time, even though official guidelines say that to ensure patient safety it should not be more than eight. Read more
Video footage shows hospital corridors filled with dozens of A&E patients – and it’s not even winter
Polly Toynbee writes in the Guardian: “A creeping postcode lottery of cuts gradually erodes the ‘national’ in NHS. IVF, hip and knee operations are being cut back randomly in some regions. In some places patients can only get one cataract fixed: seeing with one eye is enough.
“Waiting lists for hospital care just topped 4 million people, waiting times lengthening as A&E admissions rise means fewer planned operations, with extreme variations by hospital. The NHS is ordered to cut an impossible£22bn by 2020 – but there is no national instruction as to what. Politically, it’s easier to leave local decision-makers to take the blame.
From the Daily Telegraph: One million patients a week cannot get appointments with GPs, amid the longest waiting times on record, new figures show. Doctors said they were working “flat out” but under “unsustainable” pressure, leaving “worrying” numbers of patients without any help.
From The London Economic: The Labour Party are set to reveal that over 12,000 surgical procedures on children and young people were cancelled in the previous year alone.
This represents an increase of 35 per cent in three years. These cancelled NHS operations include procedures for broken bones and treatments under anaesthetic.
One in five paediatric trainee positions are currently vacant even though trainees themselves report high levels of enthusiasm for the speciality.
From The Canary: Watch Theresa May say to a nurse whose real wages are going down: “I’m being honest with you in terms of saying that we will put more money into the NHS but there isn’t a Magic Money Tree we can shake that suddenly provides everything that people want.”
Meanwhile, Britain’s richest 1,000 families are well on their way to tripling their wealth since the financial crisis, while austerity bites the rest of us. Since 2009, the top 1,000 families have increased their fortune by over 155%.
From Another Angry Voice: “I’m not asking you to believe what I write here (even though it’s all backed up with links to evidence). I’m not asking you to believe Jeremy Corbyn when he says that the NHS needs to be defended from the Tories with all of our might. I’m asking you to speak to someone you know who works in the NHS and ask them about a number of specific issues.
“Almost everyone knows someone who works for the NHS. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who works in the NHS. If you have to ask a mutual friend to introduce you to an NHS worker so you can chat about the issues facing the NHS, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind at all. They’d probably be very happy to meet someone who shows some actual interest in their work and working conditions. Read more
Private companies with financial links to Tory politicians won NHS contracts worth £1.5bn within three years
Among those highlighted in Unite research is former health secretary Andrew Lansley, the chief architect of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act dubbed “the death of the NHS as we know it”. Lansley received a donation of £21,000 from Caroline Nash, the wife of John Nash, in 2009. At the time John Nash was chairman of Care UK, one of the UK’s largest health companies, which, according to Unite, won more than £650m in NHS contracts between 2012-2014.