NHS Health Check: A&E waits for January ‘worst ever’

NHS Health Check: A&E waits for January ‘worst ever’

Image copyright iStock Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in accident and emergency units in England in January, figures leaked to the BBC suggest. During a difficult winter for the NHS, January appears to be the worst performing month in the past 13 years. The figures also suggest record numbers of people […]

NHS Health Check: The 10 ‘longest’ hospital delays exposed

NHS Health Check: The 10 ‘longest’ hospital delays exposed

Image copyright kupicoo Some patients in England face delays of months – and in one case over a year – to leave hospital, the BBC has learnt. Hospital records suggest nearly three-quarters of NHS trusts had seen patients stranded for more than 100 days in the past three years. Those caught up in the problem […]

Can I trust a fertility app to stop me getting pregnant?

Can I trust a fertility app to stop me getting pregnant?

Sexual health experts say more research is needed into the effectiveness of fertility tracking apps in preventing pregnancy. The warning comes after the first such app – Natural Cycles – was given an official approval as a method of contraception. In 2015 a clinical study showed that the app was as effective as the pill. […]

NHS doctors call on prime minister to increase spending

NHS doctors call on prime minister to increase spending

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Senior doctors say they feel “exasperated and demoralised” working in the NHS About 2,000 senior NHS doctors have written to Prime Minister Theresa May to urge her to increase spending on health and social care. The letter – read and signed by NHS consultants, associated specialists and GPs – is […]

Staffing ‘inadequate’ at Chester baby death hospital

Staffing ‘inadequate’ at Chester baby death hospital

Image copyright Dennis Turner/Geograph Image caption There were 13 unexplained deaths at the neonatal unit between January 2015 and July 2016 Staffing at a neonatal unit that reported a “higher than usual” number of baby deaths was “inadequate”, a report said. A review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said no “definitive […]

Pressure on hospital beds ‘not improved by extra money’

Pressure on hospital beds ‘not improved by extra money’

Image copyright Thinkstock Government plans to treat more patients in the community are not easing pressure on NHS hospitals or saving money, says the National Audit Office. It looked at progress in England following the introduction of a £5.3bn Better Care Fund to help local authorities invest in services to keep patients out of hospital. […]

NHS ‘failed’ spinal cancer death woman

Media captionMrs Whitehouse said the NHS had “failed” her The NHS “failed” a woman whose fatal spinal cancer went undiagnosed for months, it has been claimed. Patricia Ann Whitehouse visited her GP seven times in two months complaining of back pain, her family said. She also went to hospital but was discharged with Paracetamol. The […]

Leicester couple’s ‘desperate’ IVF online fundraising bid

Leicester couple’s ‘desperate’ IVF online fundraising bid

Image copyright Stacey Oswin Image caption Leigh and Stacey Oswin said they were unable to fund private IVF treatment “without causing extreme hardships” A couple has set up an online fundraising campaign in a “desperate” bid to raise £5,000 for a second cycle of private fertility treatment. Stacey and Leigh Oswin said they were “disgusted” […]

NHS Health Check: Short GP consultations crazy, say GPs

NHS Health Check: Short GP consultations crazy, say GPs

Image copyright Science Photo Library The length of GP consultations in the NHS is “crazy” and risks undermining care if more patients are pushed out of hospitals, doctor leaders are warning. Average consultation length is 10 minutes in the UK – thought to be the shortest in the developed world. GP leaders said this was […]

Gene therapy: Deaf to hearing a whisper

Gene therapy: Deaf to hearing a whisper

Image copyright Thinkstock Deaf mice have been able to hear a tiny whisper after being given a “landmark” gene therapy by US scientists. They say restoring near-normal hearing in the animals paves the way for similar treatments for people “in the near future”. Studies, published in Nature Biotechnology, corrected errors that led to the sound-sensing […]

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