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A new £300,000 University of Stirling-led project aims to improve NHS services by ensuring decisions are informed by greater in-depth feedback from patients. The two-year project will improve the way researchers use existing qualitative research on health services, to increase the likelihood that it will be used by NHS decision-makers.…
Older people are far less likely to be given life-saving treatment than younger cancer patients but this does not mean they do not want it, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said there is no significant difference by age group or stage of cancer at diagnosis on the likelihood…
Calls for GPs to face disciplinary action for over-prescribing antibiotics have been criticised as "counter-productive and unhelpful" by leading doctors. The General Medical Council said GPs are under "enormous pressure" from patients to prescribe antibiotics, and a societal change in attitude is needed. As many as 10 million prescriptions for…
Diabetes "threatens to bring down the NHS", Diabetes UK has warned. Cases in England and Wales have risen by 59.8% in the past decade - as an additional 1.2 million adults are now living with the condition compared to ten years ago. The figures, extracted from NHS data and analysed…
Sarah Pollock, Lecturer in Social Work argues that Government plans will increase the challenges facing social workers Proposals to offer routine NHS England services seven days a week have already generated a backlash. The plans may be driven by a desire to reduce the higher death rate for patients admitted…
Proposals to cut salary supplements for trainee GPs would have a "catastrophic impact" on recruitment and lead to more pressure on doctors, Jeremy Hunt has been warned. The chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Dr Maureen Baker, said in a letter to the Health Secretary that the…
All resources from the NHSScotland Event 2015 are now available on the Event website at www.nhsscotlandevent.com. In its 10th year, the NHSScotland Event proved to be a resounding success with over 1,600 registered delegates from NHSScotland, the wider public sector and the third sector coming together to share learning and…
The NHS is facing an almost unprecedented financial challenge this year, and current plans are quite simply unaffordable, a health chief has warned. Foundation trusts have been asked to revisit their plans by the chief executive of the regulator, Monitor. David Bennett wrote to trusts telling them: "We are already…
Health officials have pulled out of publishing recommendations on safe staffing after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gave the responsibility to the newly-formed NHS Improvement body. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) was going to go ahead with publishing them anyway, but announced tonight it would not do…
A radical shake-up of the way ambulances respond to 999 calls in Wales has been announced. Under the new scheme, only life-threatening incidents will be subjected to an eight-minute response target. Other calls - classed as amber or green - will not be subjected to a deadline. Officials say performance…
Decisions on when patients are reaching the end of their life should be taken by a number of health experts rather than relying on the medical opinion of just one doctor, according to new guidance from health officials. The draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence…
NHS bosses are being paid thousands of pounds and taken on luxury trips by drugs companies lobbying for the health service to switch to their products, it has been claimed. An investigation was launched after the Daily Telegraph reported that senior staff who help decide which drugs are used by…