Rationing

As overdose deaths hit record levels, drug and alcohol services face massive cuts

15th June 2017

evin Jaffray had been addicted to heroin for 20 years when he finally sought help in prison. “I was in … Read more

Secret NHS cost-cutting plans sound ‘death knell’ for British healthcare, warn campaigners

6th June 2017

Extended waiting times, ward and service closures, and withdrawal of public funding for some treatments among proposals in new national savings … Read more

Thousands of children’s operations cancelled each year, NHS figures show

5th June 2017

Paediatricians’ leader says figures obtained by Labour are further evidence NHS is being pushed to the brink. Thousands of operations … Read more

Trusts left ‘drowning in debt’ by Treasury-driven scheme

2nd June 2017

The way that sustainability funding has been distributed risks creating huge imbalances where some NHS trusts become “cash rich” and … Read more

Long waits for surgery ‘have tripled in four years’

2nd June 2017

The number of patients waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years in England, … Read more

‘A grim reality’: concern over longer waits for NHS operations

1st June 2017

Patients are being left in pain and discomfort due to financial pressures facing NHS, says Royal College of Surgeons An … Read more

NHS ‘waving white flag’ as it axes 18-week waiting time operation target

31st March 2017

Patients will face longer delays for operations after the NHS decided to shelve one of its most important waiting time … Read more

Number of patients missing two-month cancer treatment target window doubles amid warnings A&E crisis is sucking away resources

8th March 2017

The number of NHS cancer patients waiting longer than the crucial two-month target window has nearly doubled in the last … Read more

NHS staff ask ‘least bad’ patients to sleep in corridors amid hospital demand crisis

28th February 2017

Patients are being asked to volunteer to sleep in corridors in order to free up spaces on overrun NHS wards, … Read more

Hospitals could join prisons in cycle of ‘crisis, cash, repeat’, says report

28th February 2017

Better financial planning and reforms needed to avoid ‘disastrous combination of failing public services and breached spending controls’ Hospitals could … Read more

Read all about it: media coverage of NHS rationing

16th February 2017

As part of the work for our forthcoming report on NHS financial pressures, we examined how the media have reported … Read more

Robots can’t solve the crisis in the NHS – we still need workers with empathy

11th February 2017

Images of trolleys laden with suffering people in corridors, old people hooked up to drips on beds in cupboards – not … Read more

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

10th February 2017

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

How the poor get ‘managed’ off waiting lists

10th February 2017

Every couple of months, some prominent media personality suggests people should pay upfront for more of their healthcare. This is … Read more

CCGs claim rationing decision based on Right Care programme

9th February 2017

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

9th February 2017

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