Acute CareNews on acute care
Foundation trusts in the NHS benefit the UK economy to the tune of £30bn a year, a new report has found.
NHS staff should be required to take classes in “patient-centred care”, a think tank suggested after a poll found that almost three-quarters of NHS professionals do not think that patient care is given enough priority in the health service.
PERFORMANCE: Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust has been issued with an warning notice by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors identified a series of failings.
PERFORMANCE: Patient safety at 18 accident and emergency departments in the West Midlands cannot be guaranteed according to a joint letter signed by leading clinicians from across the region.
Senior figures have warned of “unintended consequences” of rushed legislation in response to the Francis report.
Hospitals are “dangerously close to full”, Labour has warned, after it emerged that the number of hospital beds available to patients in England has shrunk by almost 6 per cent since the coalition government took office.
Hospitals are due to be funded to improve their “outdated” paper patient notes and prescriptions, under plans expected to be announced by the health secretary.
The number of patients who attended accident and emergency wards has increased by more than a million in just one year, it has been suggested.
An “alarming” number of cancer patients are left to go hungry in hospitals and want to drop out of treatment because of the way they were dealt with by staff, a charity has warned.
Accident and emergency units could “collapse” unless urgent changes are made to the way they are run, doctors and managers’ representatives have warned.
Older patients are having to wait for a month before they are transferred from hospitals to care homes, a charity has warned.
Robert Francis QC has cautioned the government against allowing its review of safety in the NHS to “disappear beneath the long grass”. He also called for an “honest” conversation between the NHS and the public about which health services could be safely provided.
HSJ is tracking the performance of hopsitals in England every week
The Care Quality Commission will be able to order Monitor to put trusts into special administration over quality failures, under new powers set out in the Care Bill.
The NHS Trust Development Authority has written to trusts assuring them they can be classed as “a going concern” by auditors, despite submitting deficit plans for this financial year, HSJ has learned.
Hundreds of hospital patients have suffered basic, preventable mistakes that should “never” happen in the NHS during the last four years including having surgical instruments left inside them and operations being carried out on the wrong body part, figures suggest.
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