Coffey promises ‘absolutely no changes to four-hour A&E target’
Therese Coffey has pledged there will be no changes to the four-hour target for A&E waiting times – despite NHS England’s prolonged bid to axe the controversial measure. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 22, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Swedish Elections: A Victory for Populism
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM, Sep 22 2022 (IPS) After general elections on the 12th September, Sweden is on the threshold of a new era. The Sweden Democrats (SD) won almost 21 percent of the votes and thus became the largest in a bloc of right-wing parties that now have a collective majority in the parliament. A nation that for a long time prided itself of being a beacon of tolerance and openness will now experience a historical transformation. The Sweden Democrats was once founded by Nazi sympathisers and for decades shunned by mainstream politicians. However, SD has now tipped the political scale in a country previously known...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 22, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Climate Change Crime & Justice Education Energy Europe Global Headlines Health Labour Migration & Refugees Nuclear Energy - Nuclear Weapons IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news

Scotland's A&E waiting times worst on record
Weekly figures show that a record number of A&E patients waited more than four hours. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Time Toxicity: A'Very Hidden' Cost of Cancer Care Time Toxicity: A'Very Hidden' Cost of Cancer Care
"Time toxicity" refers to how cancer care, with its attendant travel, waiting times, and adverse events, can eat up precious time for a patient who may not have long left.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Mapped: RTT waiting times
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in July 2022, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 12, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Waiting times won ’t reduce without fixing workforce issues, says UNISON
Commenting on new figures showing record waiting times for NHS treatment in England, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday): “If the new Prime Minister’s serious about tackling problems in the NHS, that must start with a serious plan to keep hold of existing staff. “Services cannot run themselves. Without a way to persuade exhausted employees to stay and new people to join, the outlook is bleak for anyone needing the NHS. “Committing to increase health pay ​above inflation is now critical. Without that, waits and delays ​are likely to get a whole lot worse.” Notes to editors: R...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 8, 2022 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nhs pay Source Type: news

How much is Covid-19 to blame for growing NHS waiting times?
A look across historical trends in key performance measures paints a picture of a system already stretched beyond its limits before the pandemic, with access and waiting times in a gradual but steady decline, a situation that has been made significantly worse by Covid-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 8, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How much is COVID-19 to blame for growing NHS waiting times?
This analysis looks at access and waiting times before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 7, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Shop for ops on the NHS app: New plan will let patients browse hospitals with shortest wait times
Patients in England will be able to shop around NHS hospitals and pick the one with the shortest waiting time for routine operations from next year, a leaked Government memo has revealed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Revealed: black and Asian people wait longer for cancer diagnosis in England than white people
Exclusive: Analysis of 126,000 cases over a decade shows ‘deeply worrying’ racial disparities in NHS wait timesBlack and Asian people in England have to wait longer for a cancer diagnosis than white people, with some forced to wait an extra six weeks, according to a “disturbing” analysis of NHS waiting times.A damning review of the world ’s largest primary care database by the University of Exeter and the Guardian discovered minority ethnic patients wait longer than white patients in six of seven cancers studied. Race and health leaders have called the results “deeply concerning” and “absolutely unacceptabl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 28, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Gregory Health editor Tags: Cancer Health Race Society NHS Inequality Cancer research Health policy UK news England Medical research Science Source Type: news

Revealed: ‘disturbing’ race divide on cancer patients’ wait times in England
Exclusive: analysis of 126,000 cases over a decade shows black and Asian people wait longer for diagnosis than white peopleBlack and Asian people in England have to wait longer for a cancer diagnosis than white people, with some forced to wait an extra six weeks, according to a “disturbing” analysis of NHS waiting times.A damning review of the world ’s largest primary care database by the University of Exeter and the Guardian discovered minority ethnic patients wait longer than white patients in six of seven cancers studied. Race and health leaders have called the results “deeply concerning” and “absolutely una...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 28, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Gregory Health editor Tags: Cancer Health Race Society NHS Inequality Cancer research Health policy UK news England Medical research Science Source Type: news

Memory assessment service audit results
This report looks at community-based memory assessment services in England and Wales. It found that the average waiting time from referral to diagnosis has increased to 17.7 weeks. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 23, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patient Preferences for Choices in Kidney Transplant Examined
MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2022 -- Patients are willing to receive a worse-quality kidney sooner in order to avoid additional waiting time for transplant, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 22, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Heart attack patients wait three hours for an ambulance in parts of England
Health chiefs in Cornwall admitted they are 'not proud' of the 200-minute average waiting time for Category 2 calls - its worst on record and 11 times the national target of 18 minutes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapped: RTT waiting times
An interactive map of local NHS waits around England in June 2022, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 16, 2022 Category: UK Health Source Type: news