EmergencyNews on emergency services
HSJ reporter Sophie Barnes talks about English A&E departments’ performance, with emergency admissions at major A&E units at their highest level in a decade
Services for people in mental health crisis are to be put under the spotlight this summer with a round of targeted inspections by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has learned.
Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust has agreed to carry out detailed weekly checks on the performance of its accident and emergency department after repeatedly missing national targets.
Performance against the four hour accident and emergency target did not improve in 2013-14, despite a huge political focus on the issue, as emergency admissions reached record levels, HSJ analysis has found.
Mandating GPs in NHS 111 call centres as part of the revised specification for the service would be a “big mistake”, potential providers have told HSJ.
Ambulance crews should carry body-worn CCTV cameras to prevent thousands of ‘disgraceful’ assaults on frontline staff each year, according to a new report.
An increase in the number of private ambulances arriving at Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust’s accident and emergency department has led to “operational difficulties”, the trust has disclosed.
A Care Quality Commission inspection report on the emergency department at Medway Maritime Hospital concluded it was “effectively in a crisis situation”.
Specialist emergency care doctors should be paid more to work in struggling hospitals, MPs have suggested.
The NHS in Scotland is coping “much better” with winter pressures than it did last year, Scottish health secretary Alex Neil said.
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A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.
About 2,500 lives a year are being lost due to a “postcode lottery” in how ambulances respond to heart attack patients, a former service boss has claimed.
There are more under-16s in A&E than over-65s
Ambulance response times to 999 calls for patients with life threatening conditions have got worse over the last two years, official figures show.
The number of very elderly people needing to go to hospital by ambulance has risen 81 per cent since 2009-10, according to new figures.
NHS England is looking to develop accident and emergency standards that are “far more meaningful” than the current target of treating, admitting or discharging 95 per cent of patients within four hours, it has been disclosed.
Attendances to accident and emergency departments have fallen over the course of the past year, according to NHS England data.
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