Government urged to act after major minimum wage win by homecare workers, says UNISON
The government must end the practice of employers denying care staff wages for time spent travelling between visits to the sick and elderly, says UNISON today (Tuesday). It follows a ​recent significant legal victory by a group of homecare workers over illegal pay in a case brought by the union. The claimants – the majority of whom are women – will now receive an average settlement of around £10,000 each after an employment tribunal ruling. The tribunal found that contractors commissioned by Haringey Council in North London breached wage rules by paying some care staff less than half the minimum wage. T...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers travel time Source Type: news

Study: Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the lab
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) As COVID-19 continues to spread, bottlenecks in supplies and laboratory personnel have led to long waiting times for results in some areas. In a new study, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers have demonstrated a prototype of a rapid COVID-19 molecular test and a simple-to-use, portable instrument for reading the results with a smartphone in 30 minutes, which could enable point-of-care diagnosis without needing to send samples to a lab. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Spill over effects of inpatient bed capacity on accident and emergency performance in England - Friebel R, Juarez RM.
The English National Health Service (NHS) has failed to meet the four-hour waiting time target to admit, transfer or discharge 95 per cent of patients attending Accident and Emergency Departments (A&E) since 2013. A growing number of patients requiring inp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Long waiting times for imaging persist in England
Many patients in England are still waiting six weeks or more for imaging and...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Cancer screenings drop precipitously due to COVID-19 (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 18, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Record poor performance ‘dashes hopes of near normal’
Unprecedentedly poor waiting time data for electives, diagnostics and cancer suggests the chances of NHS England’s ambitions for “near normal” service levels this autumn being met are very unlikely, experts have warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus Testing Labs Again Lack Key Supplies
Just weeks after resolving shortages in swabs, researchers are struggling to find the chemicals and plastic pieces they need to carry out coronavirus tests in the lab — leading to long waiting times. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine J. Wu Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Tests (Medical) Laboratories and Scientific Equipment Research Shortages Medicine and Health Microbiology Source Type: news

Number of people waiting over a year for treatment has rocketed in months since onset of pandemic, Nuffield Trust
This chart highlights the dramatic rise in the number of people waiting for treatment and suggests that the health service's ambitions to reduce waiting times are unlikely to be achieved any time soon. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Examining women's perception of safety during waiting times at public transport terminals - Chowdhury S, Van Wee B.
In many cities, public transport has a higher ridership level from women compared to men, yet most systems are not designed for them. Many female riders fear of being a victim. Most of their negative experiences are usually associated with the urban enviro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Mapped: A&E, cancer and RTT waiting time
Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England in May 2020, showing the pressures, with links to all the details by organisation and specialty. RTT and cancer data is for April and A&E data is for May. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Delivering Humanitarian Assistance in Cox ’s Bazar During COVID-19
Congestion before the project came into force. Credit: WFP/Nalifa MehelinBy Srabasti SarkerCox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Jun 15 2020 (IPS) The novel coronavirus has affected the lives of millions worldwide at its very onset. The situation in Bangladesh is no different. Wearing masks and washing hands frequently have become the new normal. The first laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case was identified in Cox’s Bazar on 23 March. Unforeseen circumstances often lead to unprecedented innovative actions as is exemplified by a Humanitarian Access Project. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 amongst the 860,000 Rohingya refug...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Srabasti Sarker Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Waiting times rising by one week, every week
Rob Findlay’s insights over rising waiting times in April reveals over a million patients waiting longer than 18 weeks and 11,000 waiting longer than a year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Impacts of trip characteristics and weather condition on ride-sourcing network: evidence from Uber and Lyft - Shokoohyar S, Sobhani A, Sobhani A.
This paper evaluates the impact of intracity routes and weather conditions on pick-up waiting time, trip duration, and ride fare with a focus on the ride-sourcing mode in the city of Philadelphia, in the U.S. For our analysis, ride estimate data has been c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Returning NHS waiting times to 18 weeks for routine treatment
Returning to ‘normal’ levels of activity is expected to take some time and, even before Covid-19, there were substantial challenges with waiting times. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK scientists want to infect volunteers with Covid-19 in race to find vaccine
Trials could be speeded up by using risky strategy of deliberately introducing the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have warned there could be major delays in producing a Covid-19 vaccine if currentUK infection rates remain low and lengthy waiting times are needed to show if candidate products are working. As a result, some researchers insist that ministers must now consider implementing radical alternative measures to speed up vaccine development.In particular, they argue that Britain should considerdeliberately infecting volunteers involved in vaccine-testing projects &nda...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Infectious diseases Microbiology Science Health Source Type: news

Mapped: NHS waiting times after the covid peak
NHS waiting lists around England, updated for April 2020. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Guardian view on coronavirus tests: political choices have hurt the UK | Editorial
Damaging ideas within the Conservative party have weakened our ability to defeat the virusThe coronavirus pandemic struck the United Kingdom when its National Health Service was on its knees suffering from staff shortages and thelongest waiting times ever recorded. A decade of austerity had taken a terrible toll. Yet public satisfaction in the NHSwent up. This surprising gap between the NHS failures and the public ’s belief in the health system seems to have been driven by the support from across the political spectrum for more funding. This probably, say researchers, started to impact on public perceptions, most not...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Conservatives Health policy NHS UK news Society Infectious diseases Politics Public services policy Boris Johnson Science Source Type: news

Ambulance waiting times soared in March as calls hit record high
The response time for the commonest ambulance call out rose 45 per cent in March nationally and almost trebled in London, the centre of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts will still be monitored on A&E targets during covid-19 crisis
Trusts’ performance against waiting time targets will continue to be monitored, NHS England and Improvement has confirmed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lack of PPE risking doctors ’ lives, BMA warns
BMA warns that some doctors treating coronavirus patients will become very ill and others will die because of lack of personal protection equipment 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 Can medicine be cured? For sale to the highest bidder? Future trade deals and the NHS May ’s immigration plans are ‘huge concern’ for NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Search for NHS staff for NHS Nightingale hospital begins
NHS hospitals asking staff to relocate to dedicated coronavirus field hospital at ExCel centre in East London Related items fromOnMedica GP waiting times: learning from the past The future for our students Are PCNs what we all imagined? Health Secretary sets out plans for NHS workforce General Practitioners recognised as ‘specialists’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New London hospital for coronavirus patients will open next week
The NHS Nightingale Hospital will be based at the ExCel conference centre in East London Related items fromOnMedica Home Office woes Prioritise money for health and social care, new government urged In 2020 and beyond we must embrace the tenets of population health - with all that that entails GP waiting times: learning from the past Can medicine be cured? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GMC defers GP revalidation to combat COVID-19
It says the move will free up vital time for GPs on the frontline Related items fromOnMedica Future Shocks General Practitioners recognised as ‘specialists’ CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures GP waiting times: learning from the past Joined-up approach needed to recruit overseas doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: ‘Your NHS Needs You’
65,000 former health workers to be target of major recruitment drive Related items fromOnMedica GP waiting times: learning from the past Time to hang up the phone – appointments need to be digitised The future for our students NHS vacancies in England rise to more than 105,000 full-time posts Are PCNs what we all imagined? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Budget: ‘Chancellor must keep his Covid-19 funding promises’
Government told it must let clinicians decide where £5bn emergency investment goes Related items fromOnMedica Wales records worst ever A&E waits NHS figures paint ‘bleak picture’ for staff and patients Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Experts urge radical action on mental health crises CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Time for community services to be given resources to care for most vulnerable people
Local authorities must receive significant increases in the public health grant so that community health providers can pay their staff adequately, writes Andrew Ridley, chair of the Community Network, which was established by the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers Related items fromOnMedica ‘Close to record low’ for NHS waiting times, latest performance figures reveal Warning Brexit will impact on the most vulnerable Many mental health trusts lack funding for facilities ’ repairs and upgrades One in five people feel ‘unsafe’ in NHS mental health service care Senior doctors call for cuts to ch...
Source: OnMedica Views - March 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Finnish startup to provide online triage service to GP patients in Hull and York
The AI symptom checker aims to improve access to primary care and reduce waiting times. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

South Africa: How Gauteng Health's New Machines Will Impact Positively On Cancer Patients
[News24Wire] Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) procured two linear accelerator machines which will decrease the waiting time for cancer patients, the Gauteng Department of Health said in a statement on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 5, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Waiting time of public transport passengers in Jordan: magnitude and cost - Shtayat A, Abu Alfoul M, Moridpour S, Al-Hurr N, Magableh K, Harahsheh I.
This study also used spatial analysis to measure services provided for public transport routes according to the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Transportation Issues Source Type: news

NHS organisations asked to set up COVID-19 incident management teams
Incident chiefs at NHSE/NHSI have written to NHS leaders urging them to review systems and processes likely to be affected by a surge in cases and to plan for contingency measures Related items fromOnMedica Going Viral Government plan for tackling coronavirus published ‘Close to record low’ for NHS waiting times, latest performance figures reveal Doctors can help overcome ‘vaccine hesitancy’ NHS review recommends making childhood vaccination more 'convenient' for parents (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patterns and practices of self-medication among students enrolled at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda - Niwandinda F, Lukyamuzi EJ, Ainebyona C, Ssebunya VN, Murungi G, Atukunda EC.
PURPOSE: Self-medication is drug use without advice from a medical professional. Proper self-medication can reduce health expenses and physician waiting time. However, prescription or over-the-counter drugs are considered unsafe when used irrationally. Pre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Qualified GP workforce continues to fall
The NHS lost 277 full-time equivalent qualified GPs last year Related items fromOnMedica GP waiting times: learning from the past Latest GP headcount still not enough to resolve current crisis, says BMA NHS vacancies in England rise to more than 105,000 full-time posts Are PCNs what we all imagined? Health Secretary sets out plans for NHS workforce (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

One in five people feel ‘unsafe’ in NHS mental health service care
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman survey also shows that four in 10 felt they waited too long to be diagnosed Related items fromOnMedica CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures Public must debate true scale of NHS challenges Winter A&E waiting time cases quadruple over seven years Health Foundation sets out reasons for more NHS investment Widespread support for free personal care for over 65s, argues charity (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cost-utility of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy in unipolar depression: a Markov model simulation - Baumann M, Stargardt T, Frey S.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Unipolar depression is the most common form of depression and demand for treatment, such as psychotherapy, is high. However, waiting times for psychotherapy often considerably exceed their recommended maximum. As a potentially les... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

‘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