Pandemic impact on wait for breast reconstructive surgery
NEW research has found that 51 per cent of breast cancer patients surveyed in the UK said that the Covid-19 pandemic had a ‘significant impact’ on their wait for and experience of breast reconstruction surgery.
RCGP signals warning on timescale for online record access
NHS England must carefully consider the 1 November timescale for granting patients automatic access to their prospective records, says the Royal College of GPs.
Small rise in ARF for dentists
THE General Dental Council has announced that the annual retention fee (ARF) will increase by 1.5 per cent to £690 for dentists.
Health and care system “gridlocked”
ONLY two in five people are able to leave hospital when ready to do so, which is contributing to record-breaking waits in emergency departments and dangerous ambulance handover delays, according to the Care Quality Commission.
Remove employment barriers to tackle NHS crisis, says GMC
THE General Medical Council is calling for a relaxation in rules preventing specialty and associate specialist (SAS) and locally employed (LE) doctors from undertaking a wider range of work, such as in primary care.
Fewer operations lead to growing NHS waiting list
THE waiting list for hospital treatment in England has reached a new record of seven million and analysis suggests this is due to fewer operations being carried out rather than a post-pandemic surge in demand.
Older patients use NHS more but complain less
MORE patients over age 55 years used the NHS in England (66 per cent) than those under 55 years (57 per cent) during the pandemic, but fewer (25 per cent) would have been willing to complain compared to under 55s (34 per cent).
"Hidden waits" drive mental health patients to emergency services
MORE than three quarters of mental health patients waiting for NHS appointments have been forced to seek emergency support from A&E and other crisis services, new figures suggest.
NHS England moves to ease demand with new GP assistants
NHS England is recruiting over a thousand GP assistants from this month to offer admin support in hard-pressed practices.
Rise in NHS talking therapies
THE number of NHS patients accessing talking therapies for conditions such as anxiety and depression has risen by over a fifth.