The impact on patients

Surgeons ‘kicking their heels’ as bed shortage delays operations

Surgeons at hospitals in England are being left “kicking their heels” because operations are being cancelled due to bed shortages, … Read more…

‘High’ risk to patients due to regional bed shortage, CQC warns

The risk of a patient taking their life is “high” in West Midlands’ mental health trusts due to a shortage … Read more…

CCGs claim rationing decision based on Right Care programme

Last month HSJ revealed that Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, alongside South Worcestershire and Wyre Forest CCGs, intended to … Read more…

Fears of ‘two-tier NHS’ as GPs allow fee-paying patients to jump the queue

Family doctors in Bournemouth have set up the first private GP service at which people who pay up to £145 … Read more…

Health tourism claims are a distraction from NHS’s real problems

We know of no good evidence that “health tourism” – individuals travelling to England solely to access NHS services – … Read more…

Doctor shortage left 4m patients without cover last year

At least 4 million people were left without access to an out-of-hours doctor at some point last year because of … Read more…

NHS cash crisis in Kent halts non-urgent surgery until April

An NHS body has run so short of money that it has banned patients in its area from having non-urgent … Read more…

Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says

Older and vulnerable people could stop receiving vital help to get out of bed, washed and dressed, because the underfunding … Read more…

Hospitals cancelled record number of urgent operations last year

Hospitals cancelled a record number of urgent operations last year as bed shortages left them struggling to cope with the … Read more…

Pain-level rationing of hip and knee surgery due to cash crisis, admits NHS

A senior NHS official has admitted that funding shortages mean hip and knee replacements will have to be rationed according … Read more…