‘Close to record low’ for NHS waiting times, latest performance figures reveal
This is despite lack of really cold weather and flu epidemic, point out healthcare leaders Related items fromOnMedica Questions on Health Economics and commissioning NHS 10 Year Plan: the view from my desk General taxation still best way to generate NHS funds For sale to the highest bidder? Future trade deals and the NHS Every government promises to solve the social care crisis. Maybe this one means it (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Investigating pedestrian waiting time at semi-controlled crossing locations: application of multi-state models for recurrent events analysis - Zhang Y, Qiao Y, Fricker JD.
"Semi-controlled" crosswalks are unsignalized, but clearly marked with "yield to pedestrian within crosswalk" signs. Ideally, pedestrians can cross the street immediately after they arrive at the curb. However, real world observations show that pedestrians... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

£20,000 golden handshake for new GPs
New GP contract will invest £94m to boost recruitment and retention Related items fromOnMedica GP waiting times: learning from the past Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS Are PCNs what we all imagined? Through the looking glass of integrated care How collaboration is propelling change in Croydon (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The effect of waiting on aggressive tendencies toward emergency department staff: providing information can help but may also backfire - Efrat-Treister D, Moriah H, Rafaeli A.
INTRODUCTION: Waiting is inevitable for customers of service organizations, yet having to wait can trigger aggression by care receivers toward hospital staff. We explore the effect of waiting times on care receivers' sense of procedural justice and aggress... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Texting at a child helpline: how text volume, session length and duration, response latency, and waiting time are associated with counseling impact - Sindahl TN, van Dolen W.
This study investigated the association between formal features, such as text volume, session length and duration, response latency, and waiting time, and the impact of counseling. The analysis was based on 603 text message counseling sessions at a child h... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Government accused of ‘bungling’ GP contract as Hancock claims PCN success
Primary care networks (PCNs) remain an 'incredibly successful innovation', Matt Hancock has told MPs, after the shadow health secretary accused him of ‘bungling’ the GP contract and questioned whether the government would meet its pledge to reduce GP waiting times. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

‘Devo Manc’ leader accuses NHS England of fixating on A&E
NHS England and government officials pay too much attention to accident and emergency waiting times and fail to encourage local leaders to address the underlying causes of ill health, the outgoing leader of Greater Manchester’s devolution project has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales records worst ever A & E waits
Only 72.1% of patients waited less than four hours in A&E departments in Wales in December Related items fromOnMedica A&E departments had worst month on record in December Medics call for better use of same-day emergency clinics NHS figures paint ‘bleak picture’ for staff and patients Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years A&E statistics - ‘a failure for patients’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midwifery apprenticeships could help address midwife shortage
‘Landmark’ degree apprenticeships will widen out access to midwifery, says RCM as UK’s first apprentices start training Related items fromOnMedica GP waiting times: learning from the past In 2020 and beyond we must embrace the tenets of population health - with all that that entails Over half of GPs plan to leave within five years CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019
A report from education think tank examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for the most vulnerable children in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019
This report examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for the most vulnerable children in England. It looks at the proportion of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) that are rejected, and waiting times to assessment and treatment for accepted referrals. It also describes mental health provision for certain groups of vulnerable young people: those with conduct disorder or difficulties, in contact with the social care system, and those transitioning from CAMHS to adult mental health services. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A quicker answer on cancer, with waits cut from 84 days to 6
(Swansea University) A rapid diagnosis center has cut waiting times for patients with non-specific symptoms who may have cancer from 84 days to six, a new study by Swansea University researchers and NHS colleagues has shown. It also costs less than current usual care if used at more than 80% of capacity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 14, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

A & E departments had worst month on record in December
NHS has neither resources, staff, nor capacity to cope with rocketing demand as patients wait in cramped corridors Related items fromOnMedica Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Taking back control Part 2 GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse Tory manifesto ‘incredibly disappointing’ on health say doctors Spending review ‘another missed opportunity’ to turn round NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Emergency waiting times reveal strain on England’s NHS
Figures also show sharp rise in number of patients stuck on trolleys (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 9, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New low in A & E performance shows NHS needs urgent treatment
Commenting on latest NHS England performance data published today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The NHS is under intense strain and crying out for emergency treatment of its own. “Sick and injured people face unbearable waiting times, often on trolleys in hospital corridors and ambulances are in lengthy queues to hand over patients. “And this is the picture in a mild winter. The impact of a cold snap would bring the system to its knees. “The government has to explain urgently how it’s going to fix the health and social care system that clearly can no longer cop...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NHS England NHS funding Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Triage and flow management in sepsis.
This study compared the triage strategies and intensive care rationing between septic patients and patients with other indications of intensive care. This study included all patients with signs for intensive care, enrolled in the intensive care management system of a Brazilian tertiary public emergency hospital, from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2016. The intensivist periodically evaluated the requests, prioritizing them according to a semi-quantitative scale. Demographic data, Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI), Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), and quick SOFA (qSOFA), as well as surgical interventions, were u...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Queen ’s Speech fixes NHS cash boost in law
Doctors ’ leaders seek detail on promised GP numbers boost Related items fromOnMedica GP waiting times: learning from the past Helping GPs to help people live the life they want through a more personalised care approach Johnson promises to tackle pensions crisis Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS Are PCNs what we all imagined? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts told to create ‘dedicated A&E space’ for mental health patients
Every emergency department in London has been advised to create “dedicated space” to care for three mental health patients, due to concerns over long waiting times for people in crisis. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland issues UK ’s first integrated health and social care workforce plan
Includes the creation of a new national thrombectomy service plus increases in student nurse places and MSK practitioners in primary care Related items fromOnMedica CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures GP waiting times: learning from the past Radiology networks won ’t resolve workforce shortages, warns Royal College Thousands of nurses have quit the NHS, new data shows Are PCNs what we all imagined? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Election result troubling for health and social care, warns Patients Association
New government returned on platform that raises many concerns for patients, it says Related items fromOnMedica Public must debate true scale of NHS challenges 100,000 people in NI wait over a year for hospital treatment GPs demand home visits are dropped from contract Survey results reflect GPs ’ and teams’ hard work and commitment Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS misses targets for A&E waiting times in November
Risk of worst ever winter as emergency departments struggle to treat patients within 4 hours (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - December 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A & E waiting times show NHS ‘on its knees’, says UNISON
Commenting on NHS England figures published today (Friday) showing A&E waiting times are the worst on record, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “We can’t go on like this with patients suffering. The NHS is on its knees and a lack of proper funding is to blame. “Staff are working under intolerable pressure with resources cut to the bone. The new government must deliver on its promise to make the health service its top priority.” Notes to editors: – UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in e...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release lack of funding NHS Source Type: news

Every major A&E misses wait target for first time
Hospitals in England endure their worst-ever performance against waiting times. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public perceptions of health and social care.
This report presents the findings of a research project commissioned by the Health Foundation and conducted by Ipsos MORI. It indicates that there is increasing public support for paying more tax to maintain and improve health and social care. The public also highlight a lack of investment in the NHS and long waiting times as the top issues facing the health service, followed by concerns around an insufficient and overworked workforce. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Economic theories relevant to public service provision (part 2)
This second briefing demonstrates how insights from economics can inform decision-making about mental health services. Looking at five current issues facing mental health care (including'postcode lotteries', waiting times and the impact of digital tools) the briefing offers economic explanations for why they happen. It also offers solutions and ideas for simple improvements that could make a significant difference. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TV ad highlights 'stress and anxiety' of booking GP appointments
A leading health union has hit out over the impact of NHS underfunding on waiting times for GP appointments in a television advert aired ahead of this week's general election. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 6, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: General election Source Type: news

GPs report longer waits for appointments amid workforce crisis and rising demand
Nearly three quarters of GPs say waiting times for appointments at their surgeries have increased over the past year - citing increased demand and staff shortages as major contributing factors. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 6, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Wait to see a GP is no laughing matter
The stress and anxiety of trying to get a GP appointment is at the heart of a new short film from UNISON. Join the queue takes a tongue-in-cheek look at a situation that’s all too familiar – frantically trying to contact the surgery the moment the lines open. As a clock counts down and the tension builds, a family is poised over landlines, mobile phones and online booking systems trying to be among the lucky few to get an appointment. With their young daughter feeling ill and the clock finally striking 8am, there’s a brief moment of hope as the call connects. Moments later, c...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis GP appointment health NHS Source Type: news

Waiting to see a GP is no laughing matter
The stress and anxiety of trying to get a GP appointment is at the heart of a new short film from UNISON. Join the queue takes a tongue-in-cheek look at a situation that’s all too familiar – frantically trying to contact the surgery the moment the lines open. As a clock counts down and the tension builds, a family is poised over landlines, mobile phones and online booking systems trying to be among the lucky few to get an appointment. With their young daughter feeling ill and the clock finally striking 8am, there’s a brief moment of hope as the call connects. Moments later, c...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis GP appointment health NHS Source Type: news

Cuts … not just Brexit
Just weeks ago, as the general election campaign started to pick up speed, NHS England released some interesting data: accident and emergency waiting times were the worst on record. It didn’t get that much traction in a media concentrating on the run-up to the political theatre of the first party leaders’ debate. But as fullfact.org spelled out: “In October 2019, 83.6% of patients attending all types of A&E departments (including things like dental A&E and urgent care centres) in England were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.” A year ago, 89.1% were seen within the four-...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 6, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: P.S data activists ge19 general election 2019 Source Type: news

Growing public support for tax hikes for health and social care
Two out of three people would be prepared to stump up more to maintain and improve services, Ipsos Mori poll indicates Related items fromOnMedica Public must debate true scale of NHS challenges 100,000 people in NI wait over a year for hospital treatment GPs demand home visits are dropped from contract Survey results reflect GPs ’ and teams’ hard work and commitment Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘We’ve got one chance’
“I’ve been going around to regions and conferences saying this is the most important vote in a generation,” says Josie Bird, UNISON’s president. “The only difficulty with that statement is that we have said it about the last two or three elections, but they do seem to get more important each time.” She’s sitting around a table with her vice presidents, Sian Stockham and James Anthony, discussing the UK’s forthcoming trip to polling stations. “Austerity has more impact each time and if we get a Tory majority, then with the lurch to the right we’ve already seen, we&...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article activists ge19 general election 2019 presidential team UNISON president Source Type: news

GPs report rising workload linked to record hospital waiting times
Eight in 10 GPs say rising waits for NHS hospital treatment have driven up workload at their practice, as primary care suffers the knock-on effects of a growing crisis in secondary care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

A quarter of cancer patients in England wait TWO MONTHS before being diagnosed
Researchers found 24 per cent of sufferers in England have to wait eight weeks on average longer than average to be told they have the killer disease. Long waiting times were partly to blame. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What would an 8.5 weeks average elective target look like?
Referral-to-treatment waiting times are under review, and average (mean) waiting times are being trialled as a possible replacement for the current “92 per cent within 18 weeks” target. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flagship waiting time target ‘expected’ to be relaxed
Bosses at a trust trialling new access targets “expect” the existing 18-week referral to treatment requirement to be replaced by an 8.5 week average wait — a move experts say would represent a relaxation of standards. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A&E units continue to struggle on waiting times
In October, Welsh A&Es met the "four-hour wait" target for 75.3% of patients - the target is 95%. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON announces health strike dates in Northern Ireland
UNISON has today (Wednesday) announced the dates for strikes and industrial action by health and social services staff in Northern Ireland. Workers represented by the union voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to take action over safe staffing levels and pay parity. Health staff in Northern Ireland are paid less than their colleagues in Britain. Waiting lists and waiting times have reached crisis levels for patients across Northern Ireland, partly as a result of poor pay and staffing, according to UNISON. The first phase – from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 18 December – will see UNISON members across...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS Northern Ireland strike Source Type: news

The online health trends pharma should be tapping into
Each year digital folk all over the world look to the Internet Trends report, delivered by Bond Capital founder Mary Meeker, for a summary of the most important emerging online technologies and consumer behaviours.    The 2019 report underlines the strength of some trends familiar to pharma and points to some unsettling implications for the industry if it cannot respond appropriately. Along with some general online trends - the growing consumption of images and video, the rise of the podcast and the ongoing spread of Amazon Echo - the report highlights some important consumer healthcare trends.  Perhaps th...
Source: EyeForPharma - November 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Andrew Stone Source Type: news

Experimental waiting times data for autism services published for first time
NHS Digital has published partial statistics on waiting times for people in contact with autism services – the first time this data has been available. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hospital waiting times at worst-ever level
Record numbers in England are on hospital waiting lists, while A&E delays highest since target introduced. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New NHS waiting times show Tories are not fit to run NHS
Responding to the latest NHS England data published today (Thursday) showing A&E waiting times are the worst ever, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Patients left in agony on trolleys for hours and poorly visitors waiting for hours in A&E, forced to sit on floors because of a lack of chairs, has become the new normal. “Years of underfunding and an endless staffing crisis show the Conservatives are simply not fit to run our NHS. “These are the worst ever A&E figures yet the winter has barely begun. It’s a shocking state of affairs and should be of huge concern to ever...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release cuts dave prentis government health NHS Source Type: news

Waiting time numbers hit new high
Record high of 4.42 million people waiting for routine operations Related items fromOnMedica Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Can medicine be cured? GPs demand home visits are dropped from contract Widespread support for free personal care for over 65s, argues charity CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General election 2019: Labour vows to outspend Tories on the NHS
The party says it would tax the "wealthiest" to cut hospital waiting times if it wins the election. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP waiting times: learning from the past
Tim Gardner, senior policy fellow at the Health Foundation, examines the lessons manifesto authors should learn from past policies Related items fromOnMedica More doctors entered GP training and other shortage hit specialties this year No-deal Brexit concerns raised for NHS and care homes For sale to the highest bidder? Future trade deals and the NHS Doctors call on politicians to invest in the NHS CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - November 12, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Northern Ireland NHS staff and social workers back strike action, says UNISON
Health staff and social workers in Northern Ireland represented by UNISON have today (Monday) voted overwhelmingly for industrial action. The ballot concentrated on safe staffing levels and pay parity, as health workers in Northern Ireland are paid less than their colleagues in Britain. The absence of both has been a key factor in waiting lists and waiting times reaching crisis levels for patients across Northern Ireland, according to UNISON. UNISON Northern Ireland regional secretary Patricia McKeown said: “Health workers don’t take industrial action lightly but they’ve been pushed to the brink. &ld...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health Northern Ireland pay Source Type: news

Nurses vote for strike action
BMA backs industrial action in Northern Ireland Related items fromOnMedica Watchdog predicts problems in boosting GP workforce How GPs can address Babylon ’s burning platform NHS ends financial year almost £1bn in deficit Can medicine be cured? Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Perpetual winter’ tests Johnson pledge to heal NHS
Performance against targets such as A&E waiting times is on the slide, FT analysis finds (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 10, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Delegates warned of Trump threat to the NHS
“When Boris Johnson tells us we can trust him with the NHS, I think we know what that’s worth … this is the man who promised £350 million a week for the NHS and then laughed it off after the referendum. That was at the heart of the message to UNISON’s disabled members’ conference from assistant general secretary Christina McAnea this afternoon when she addressed delegates just days before the Westminster Parliament is dissolved for the general election. Warning of how “Trump and the big health companies in the US” want access to the NHS, she reminded delegates that there hav...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Boris Johnson disabled members Donald Trump NHS Source Type: news

Conference warned of Trump threat to the NHS
“When Boris Johnson tells us we can trust him with the NHS, I think we know what that’s worth … this is the man who promised £350 million a week for the NHS and then laughed it off after the referendum.” That was at the heart of the message to UNISON’s disabled members’ conference from assistant general secretary Christina McAnea this afternoon when she addressed delegates just days before the Westminster Parliament is dissolved for the general election. Warning of how “Trump and the big health companies in the US” want access to the NHS, she reminded delegates that th...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article Boris Johnson disabled members Donald Trump NHS Source Type: news