Half of CCGs plan to cancel or delay NHS spending
GP patient contacts rose by 7.5% over past two years Related items fromOnMedica Pressure increases on CCGs to meet GP access targets Three quarters of CCGs miss child mental health target Commissioners ‘failing’ to consider wider societal issues 18-week waits for surgery predicted to double by 2019 NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Pressures
This briefing warns that the NHS in England is unlikely to recover from the pressure it faces during the winter, with trends suggesting that the health system is entering a state of year-round crisis. The analysis of NHS performance data shows that bed occupancy, delayed transfers of care and A&E waiting times are all increasing and that key performance targets are consistently not being met across the health system. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kettering General Hospital 'fiddled' waiting time records
A whistleblower says patients were removed because targets were missed. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Election briefing: Quality of care in the English NHS
This briefing provides a high level view of how the quality of some NHS services has changed over the past few years in England. The four aspects of quality covered are waiting times for hospital treatment; care for patients with diabetes; psychological therapy for common health conditions; and speed and use of the most effective best-practice treatments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No major party pledges enough to plug NHS funding gap
Nuffield Trust analysis shows all three manifesto promises on NHS cash fall short of need Related items fromOnMedica Patients face longer waits for elective operations Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall Pledges on public health not matched by funding NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows STP proposals to cut beds not credible without community investment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The King ’s Fund responds to the Liberal Democrat Party’s manifesto
17 May 2017Commenting on the publication of the Liberal Democrat manifesto, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said:‘We welcome the recognition that sustaining health and social care services needs extra investment funded by tax increases. The£6 billion pledged by the Lib Dems would be a down-payment on the longer-term funding increases needed to bring the proportion of GDP we spend on health and social care into line with countries such as France and Germany.‘It is right that services outside hospital should be the priority for extra funding. The NHS needs to move to a new way of delive...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - May 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Quality of care in the NHS in the balance.
The Health Foundation has published Quality of care in the NHS – in the balance. This briefing provides a high level view of how the quality of some NHS services has changed over the past few years in England. The four aspects of quality covered are waiting times for hospital treatment; care for patients with diabetes; psychological therapy for common healt h conditions; and speed and use of the most effective best-practice treatments (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cyber attack: GPs working hard to provide "business-as-usual"
GPs and practice staff worked over the weekend to repair infected systems Related items fromOnMedica Cutting smoking rates could save NHS £67m a year NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows NHS trust faces prosecution over teenager's death Labour will scrap NHS hospital parking charges Pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted, says NHS Providers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Labour pledges extra £37bn for NHS in England
Cash would be spent on IT upgrades and building repairs Related items fromOnMedica NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows NHS England extends GP indemnity scheme NHS England announces funding for vanguards Sort out GP trainee payments now, GP leaders urge NHS England NHS England loses appeal over PreP drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study: ER docs using smartphones to receive test results can discharge chest pain patients faster
Smartphones can make a lot of things faster, like getting a cab, ordering food or finding a date. But they can also shave down waiting time in a situation where every minute can feel like an eternity: getting out of the hospital. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

NHS waiting times hit five-year high, report shows
More funding needed to uphold quality of care Related items fromOnMedica Better funding and capacity vital for A&E to survive Missed A&E targets reflect cuts in social care and NHS funding Trend to dissuade patients from attending A&E is flawed Ongoing pressures putting NHS at risk of ‘serious lapses in care’ A&E four-hour target only for ‘urgent’ patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Health System Review.
Authors: Milevska Kostova N, Chichevalieva S, Ponce NA, van Ginneken E, Winkelmann J Abstract This analysis of the health system of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. The country has made important progress during its transition from a socialist system to a market-based system, particularly in reforming the organization, financing and delivery of health care and establishing a mix of private and public providers. Though total health care expenditure has risen in a...
Source: Health systems in transition - May 10, 2017 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Virgin Care submits inaccurate data for children's wheelchair waits
Waiting times for children in need of a wheelchair have been inaccurately reported by Virgin Care. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Referral-to-treatment waiting times and forecasts
The NHS Confederation estimates that the number of people waiting longer than 18 weeks for planned operations could exceed 800,000 by 2020. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Referral-to-treatment waiting times and forecasts
This report estimates that the number of people waiting longer than 18 weeks for planned operations could exceed 800,000 by 2020. The analysis finds that demand for elective operations is rising, with the number of people waiting for treatment forecast to hit 5 million in 2020. The report recommends that patients be made aware of their right to choose where they receive NHS treatment in order to help patients access care as quickly as possible. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Debunking The Washington Post's Latest Outrageous Attacks On Social Security
A just-released report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) reveals that, once again, the “serious people” in Washington are weaponizing shoddy, inaccurate data to stoke false claims about Social Security. The CAP report exposes The Washington Post’s misuse of data to inflate the numbers of working-age Americans receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits. The Post sensationally – and inaccurately – claimed, in a recent front-page story entitled, “Disabled, or just desperate?”, that as many as one in three working-age Americans living in the nation’s rural ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data shows NHS performance continuing to struggle
13 April 2017Responding to the latestperformance data published by NHS England,Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:‘These performance statistics for February offer the latest evidence of NHS performance continuing to struggle. Although February saw some improvements as winter pressures began to ease, the NHS is still failing to meet key targets such as A&E and cancer waiting times.‘NHS England’s recentdelivery plan promises a renewed focus on addressing these delays in A&E and cancer treatment, but getting back on track will be a momentous challenge. Hospitals are cle...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - April 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Referral-to-treatment waiting times and forecasts
This report estimates that the number of people waiting longer than 18 weeks for planned operations could exceed 800,000 by 2020. The analysis finds that demand for elective operations is rising, with the number of people waiting for treatment forecast to hit 5 million in 2020. The report recommends that patients be made aware of their right to choose where they receive NHS treatment in order to help patients access care as quickly as possible.ReportPress release (Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection)
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - April 11, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Source Type: news

The evolution of fracture clinic design : the activity and safety of the Edinburgh Trauma Triage Clinic, with one-year follow-up - White TO, Mackenzie SP, Carter TH, Jefferies JG, Prescott OR, Duckworth AD, Keating JF.
AIMS: Fracture clinics are often characterised by the referral of large numbers of unselected patients with minor injuries not requiring investigation or intervention, long waiting times and recurrent unnecessary reviews. Our experience had been of an unsu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Integrated E - Prescribing Can Cut Prescribing, Dispensing Errors
E - prescribing results in 52 percent decrease in median patient waiting time for Rx dispensing (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 11, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

Surgery waiting times could double by 2020
Numbers waiting more than 18 weeks could rise from 364K to 809K by 2020 Related items fromOnMedica A&E ambulance diverts almost double average of previous three winters Stick with STPs, government and NHS urged Report reveals impact of financial cuts on patient care Patients face longer waits for elective operations Set up independent ‘Office for Health and Care Scrutiny,’ Lords demand (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer network to move treatment into the community
Three London trusts have agreed to redesign their cancer services to try to improve patient care and waiting time performance. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Special measures trust receives £30m to upgrade A & E
NHS Improvement has approved £30m of new investment in emergency care facilities at a special measures trust, as part of a new initiative to reduce A&E waiting times and improve the care quality. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New primary care model linked to lower A & E attendance
Areas testing the “primary care home” model for general practice have shown “significant reductions” in A&E attendances and lower GP waiting times, new data reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Autism services for children and young people
This briefing looks at the four most common issues which families using autism services would like to see improved. These are: understanding and knowledge; waiting times; support for parent carers; and communication and co-ordination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS operations: Waiting times to rise in 'trade-off', boss says
Cancer care and A&E to be prioritised as health service leader in England says something has to give. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elective waits will not recover until 2019, says Stevens
NHS England has acknowledged that the service is unlikely to hit the 18 week elective waiting time target in the next two years. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Survey shows public satisfaction with NHS remaining steady
30 March 2017The British public’s satisfaction with the NHS remained steady in 2016, according to data published today by The King’s Fund.The findings from the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research between July and October 2016, show 63 per cent of people were satisfied with the NHS. The change in satisfaction since 2015 (when it was 60 per cent) is not statistically significant. Satisfaction remains high by historic standards, but is seven percentage points below its peak of 70 per cent in 2010.The results show:Among the 63 per cent of respondents who sai...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - March 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Telemedicine Cuts Wait Time for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Telemedicine Cuts Wait Time for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
A primary-care-based telemedicine program has cut waiting time and improved screening rates for diabetic retinopathy in a large public-safety-net health system in LA County.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - March 28, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Trusts 'will not be fined for failing waiting list and cancer targets'
NHS England and NHS Improvement have effectively dropped routine financial penalties for trusts that fail to meet elective and cancer waiting times targets,  HSJ has been told. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Combined performance summary, January 2017
NHS England has collated monthly performance statistics for NHS 111, ambulance quality indicators, A&E attendances and admissions, diagnostic waiting times, referral to treatment waiting times, cancer services waiting times, delayed transfers of care and early intervention in psychosis. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS financial pressures are having a widespread but often unseen impact on patient care
14 March 2017NHS financial pressures are increasingly affecting patient care, often in ways that go unseen, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.Understanding NHS financial pressuresfinds that access to and quality of care are both being affected in different ways across the NHS. While public attention tends to focus on high-profile examples of rationing such as restricting access to some types of treatment, the report authors warn that financial and other pressures are also affecting patient care in ways that often go'under the radar'.The authors looked in detail at four services– testing and t...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - March 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP leaders warn against ‘imposing’ services
‘Waiting time data not a measure of performance', says RCGP chair Related items fromOnMedica GPs in catch-22 over appointment length and rising demand What value do GPs offer? Don ’t ignore explosion in pressure on GPs as A&E problems mount BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP The incredible invisible bed crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP waiting times data to be published by NHS could become 'stick to beat practices'
GP leaders have warned against using practice waiting times data to measure practice performance after NHS England's chief executive set out plans to publish data that will be collected later this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Sicker patients the main reason for A & E winter pressures
2 March 2017Sicker patients with more complex conditions are the main reason for worsening performance in A&E departments, according to The King’s Fund’slatest quarterly monitoring report.Eighty per cent of NHS finance directors who responded to our latest survey identified higher numbers of patients with severe illnesses and complex health needs as a key reason for the pressures on A&E units, while 70 per cent cited delays in discharging patients from hospital. This contrasts with 27 per cent who pointed to poor access to GPs and 20 per cent who identified shortages of clinical staff as key factors.The...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - March 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Lives at risk' unless ambulance trust cuts waiting times
The chief executive of East of England Ambulance Service Trust has admitted the organisation “does not have the capacity” to reach patients within national response time targets. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Blog: Our NHS is in crisis – and it is a disaster of the government ’s own making
Only 18 months ago, this government was elected after promising to properly fund the NHS. Since then, ministers have repeated – time and again – that enough money is being provided for our health service. Whether you work in the NHS or not, we know that’s simply not true, and the cracks in the facade are beginning to show. Recently it was revealed that nine out of ten hospitals faced overcrowding this winter – a sure fire sign that government underfunding is beginning to impact on patient care. Waiting times are up. And there’s a widespread cash shortage forcing difficult decisions on staff ar...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: Article NHS Source Type: news

Blog: Our NHS is in crisis – and it is a disaster of the government ’s own making
Only 18 months ago, this government was elected after promising to properly fund the NHS. Since then, ministers have repeated – time and again – that enough money is being provided for our health service. Whether you work in the NHS or not, we know that’s simply not true, and the cracks in the facade are beginning to show. Recently, it was revealed that nine out of 10hospitals faced overcrowding this winter – a sure fire sign that government underfunding is beginning to affect patient care. Waiting times are up. And there’s a widespread cash shortage forcing difficult decisions on staff a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: Blogs General secretary's blog NHS Source Type: news

Making Sense of Nutraceuticals in China
The Chinese nutraceutical market is considered the third largest in the world after the US and Japan, or the fourth largest if Europe is counted as a single market.Despite strong fundamentals and high rates of annual growth, though, the Chinese market remains some way from realizing its true potential. Its evolution is muddied by ambiguities around what nutraceuticals actually are and how they should be managed.The result has been polarization between over-zealous regulation of so-called health foods, and a grey market where products have skirted approval procedures through questionable positioning or by exploiting alterna...
Source: EyeForPharma - February 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

NHS Health Check: How one GP practice tackled waiting times
A GP practice in Plymouth is using paramedics and pharmacists to free up doctors to see more patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Slovakia: Health System Review.
Authors: Smatana M, Pazitny P, Kandilaki D, Laktisova M, Sedlakova D, Paluskova M, van Ginneken E, Spranger A Abstract This analysis of the Slovak health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health-care provision, health reforms and health system performance. The health care system in Slovakia is based on universal coverage, compulsory health insurance, a basic benefit package and a competitive insurance model with selective contracting of health care providers. Containment of health spending became a major policy goal after the 2008 financial crisis. Health spending ...
Source: Health systems in transition - February 2, 2017 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hip surgery waiting times an 'outrage'
Hip replacement surgery waiting times at a Denbighshire hospital are branded an "outrage" by an assembly member. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Expanding the Emergency Room Model: 'Central Care System' Could Help Americans Gain Universal Health Care Access
By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD -- There are many reasons why emergency rooms are dangerously overcrowded. With millions of Americans lacking adequate access to primary care providers, emergency rooms have become the primary health care system and safety net for the uninsured, underinsured and those without access to other medical care.1 Overcrowded and with overworked staffs, ERs are perilously close to collapse in many places. (See my other article on ERs here: Our Nation's Emergency Rooms). In fact, many already have closed their doors.2 There is an increased demand for emergency department care, as hospital emergency rooms have ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New tuberculosis therapy could be more potent than current treatments
Taking a new approach toward tuberculosis therapy, a UCLA-led research team has devised a potential drug regimen that could cut the treatment time by up to 75 percent, while simultaneously reducing the risk that patients could develop drug-resistant TB.To identify the regimen, the researchers launched a systematic search for an optimal drug treatment using the Parabolic Response Surface Platform, a data analysis method that identifies which drug combinations work synergistically — that is, with individual drugs working together in a way that is more potent than the sum of their individual potencies. The study, p...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 24, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Nairn cataract patient's 12-month waiting time criticised at FMQs
A woman faces a minimum wait of 12 months for a consultation about surgery for a cataract, MSPs have heard. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elective waiting times tread water in November
Waiting times were steady in November, and other indicators followed the usual post-2012 pattern. Which means things are still getting steadily worse, writes Rob Findlay (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

"Obamacare" -- Three Keys for Improvement
By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD Dec. 31, 2016 -- As the 2016 presidential campaign came to a close and we elected a new president, polls showed that of the half-dozen things that most concerned Americans, health care was one of the major topics. No real surprise there. There are advocates for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, who say that statistics show that 21 million more Americans got health care who didn't have it before, and that those least able to afford it were the ones who benefitted from the ACA. There are advocates against the Affordable Care Act who point to what they say is a broken system, with ins...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news