The impact on patients

Suicide prevention services stalling due to lack of funding, parliamentary inquiry warns

Government funding shortfalls for suicide prevention services could mean people are dying unnecessarily, an influential cross-party committee of MPs has … Read more

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

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

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

What impact will Brexit have on nursing?

The NHS faces a major shortfall in nurses – and the EU referendum result threatens to derail supply further. The … Read more

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