The impact on patients

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

CCG cuts to smoking services will only exacerbate soaring care costs, says APPG

Smoking is costing local authorities and individuals an enormous £1.4bn in social care costs to cover the growing needs of … 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

Paramedics spend 500,000 hours outside busy A&Es, say auditors

Paramedics last year spent 500,000 hours outside hospitals with a patient in the back of their ambulance because A&E staff … Read more

Cutting hospital beds would be “lunacy,” warns senior emergency doctor

Plans to reduce bed capacity in some NHS hospitals are “lunacy” against the current backdrop of rising demand and high … Read more

NHS Hospital wards left with ‘dangerously low levels of nurses’

Hospitals are running wards with a dangerously low number of nurses and are using healthcare workers as “stand-ins”, according to a … Read more

How the ‘humanitarian’ crisis in the NHS is paving the way for private healthcare

It has been a calamitous winter inside the NHS.  Last week, three people tragically died at Worcestershire Royal hospital with … Read more

GP urgent home visits to ease A&E crisis

GPs are under pressure to provide emergency home visits to ease the crisis in overstretched A&E departments, NHS documents reveal. … Read more

Patients one fifth more likely to die in hospitals with fewer qualified nurses

NHS plans to give nursing tasks to cheaper assistants are a “risky experiment,” researchers have warned – after a study … Read more