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Theresa May to tell GP surgeries to give patients appointments when they want them or face funding cuts

GP surgeries will be forced to give patients appointments when they want or face funding cuts, Theresa May has announced as she attempts to relieve the pressure on crisis-hit Accident & Emergency units.<p>The Prime Minister will demand that GP surgeries meet the Government’s pledge to open from 8am to …

GPs' leaders hit back at Theresa May in row over extended opening hours amid growing A&E crisis

The row over growing pressure on the NHS has intensified after GPs’ leaders refused to take the blame for the growing strain being placed by patients on A&E services.<p>Theresa May warned GPs’ surgeries they would face funding cuts if they did not meet the Government’s pledge for them to open from 8am …

A&E needs total system overhaul if it's to cope, says hospital which revolutionised its emergency care

<b>In the week that overstretched emergency departments up and down the country issue warnings that they are in crisis, The Telegraph gains exclusive access to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where staff are finding a new approach to emergency care is getting brilliant results.</b><p>It’s 7pm at Luton and …

Health tourism warning as NHS chases £350,000 bill from Nigerian woman who gave birth in a British hospital

The Government has been urged to crack down on health tourism after it emerged that a Nigerian woman cost the NHS £350,000 by flying to Britain to give birth to twins.<p>Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is said to be chasing payment for the caesarean section the unidentified woman had, followed …

NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service

Major alerts, cancer operations cancelled, patients dying, yet Theresa May still won’t listen. But maybe there’s a tipping point that could force a response<p>From every previous NHS crisis, the tipping point should have come last week. Prime ministers crumple when people die – as they have in the …

Radiation Therapy

Financial watchdog warns UK facing £30 billion bill every decade to pay for NHS as population ages

Britain's ageing population will cost the UK £30 billion every decade in increased NHS, pensions and social care costs over the next 50 years and put pressure on the Chancellor's pledge to cut the deficit, a report has warned.<p>The Office for Budget Responsibility found that spending on healthcare …

My patients are already questioning whether we need the NHS. This latest crisis could kill it off for good

The NHS is in crisis.<p>No, this isn’t just another one of those articles. And it won’t be another piece from tired doctor who is angry about something …

NHS crisis: 40% of hospitals issue alert in first week of new year

Official figures show 95% of hospital beds were full from 2-8 January, up from 91% the week before<p>More than 40% of hospitals had to declare an alert in the first week of January because they were experiencing major problems caused by having too many patients and too few spare beds.<p>Figures released …

Radiation Therapy

How we ‘fixed’ our diabetic dad – and saved his life

When their father, Geoff, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 50, brothers Ian and Anthony Whitington were not hugely surprised, and for 10 years, they drifted along and watched from the sidelines.<p>“Dad had always been the ‘big man’,” says Anthony, 39. “As kids, we thought it was funny. …

Parenting

193,000 NHS patients a month waiting beyond target for surgery

Royal College of Surgeons says sharp rise in numbers waiting longer than 18 weeks suggest NHS has passed a tipping point<p>An increasing number of patients are having to endure long waits for operations, according to a study that provides the latest evidence of the NHS’s failure to meet waiting time …

Radiation Therapy

Alcohol-linked cancer deaths could reach 7,000 a year by 2035, study suggests

Around 135,000 people will die from cancer caused by alcohol over the next 20 years, costing the NHS £2 billion, figures show.<p>Analysis from Cancer …

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even …

The long, difficult search for a drug to treat Alzheimer’s and dementia

Sea Hero Quest: the mobile phone game helping fight dementia<p>Read more<p>Most of us forget names, dates or places from time to time. But Hilary Doxford never did. While the rest of us smile about our common inadequacy, she knew she was experiencing a genuine malfunction of her high-performance brain. …

Dementia

Hundreds of NHS staff and patients referred to controversial counter-terrorism programme

The NHS has referred hundreds of its patients and staff to the police under a controversial anti-terrorism programme.<p>Since July 2015, the …

Warnings that NHS 'teetering on precipice' amid bed shortages

Britain has the shortest maternity stays and among the fewest doctors, hospital beds and cancer scanners in Europe, a damning report shows.<p>The study by the Organisation for Co-operation and Development (OECD) comes as NHS managers draw up plans for sweeping cutbacks to hospital services.<p>The new …

Brexit means 'only major crisis will focus ministers on to NHS'

Former health boss Nigel Crisp says government will be distracted by leaving EU and there is no sign of mitigating action<p>The NHS and social care are at risk of being downgraded as a priority by a government distracted by Brexit unless there is a major public health crisis, the former chief …

Social Work

One Obstacle to Curing Cancer: Patient Data Isn’t Shared

Scientific efforts to find cures for cancer will be severely hampered if the scientific community does not change the ways in which patient data is collected, shared, and analyzed. The development of targeted therapies and immunotherapies — the two biggest hopes for cancer cures — depend on the …

NHS accused of spending 'more time on cover ups than saving lives'

The NHS stands accused of “covering up” failings behind patient deaths in a landmark report which warns that not a single hospital is properly probing deaths which warrant investigation.<p>The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said too many families who sought the truth about the deaths of their loved …

Extra £900m will be made available for adult social care over next two years, says Sajid Javid

An extra £900m will be made available for social care over the next two years to help plug the social care gap, Sajid Javid has announced.<p>Critics have warned the Government's response to the crisis is comparable to putting a "sticking plaster" on "a patient that needs a triple by pass".<p>The …

NHS cashes in on private payers as waiting lists soar

Hospitals’ income from ‘queue jumpers’ rises while 360,000 non-payers face delays beyond 18 weeks<p>Income received by NHS hospital trusts from private patients has risen by 23% in the last four years, as waiting lists for non-paying patients have soared.<p>Under the government’s reforms, hospitals have …

Health Care

Brexit could make NHS shortage of nurses worse, says report

Institute for Employment Studies says however UK leaves, uncertainty around status of workers could deter hospital staff<p>Brexit is set to cause a severe shortage of nurses in the NHS, which is already facing a chronic lack of them in many hospitals, research suggests.<p>Britain’s decision to leave the …

United Kingdom

Number of urgent operations cancelled in England hits record high

NHS cancelled 446 urgent operations in November, almost double the number in the same month last year<p>The number of NHS patients in England who had urgent operations cancelled hit record numbers in November, soaring to almost double the level a year ago, according to government data.<p>Opposition …

Physiology

NHS chief calls on parents to show some 'tough love' in obesity battle

Parents should show more “tough love” for their children - and stop feeding them as though it was Christmas every day, the head of the NHS has said.<p>Simon Stevens urged families to make a fresh start in their eating habits as he revealed plans for the health service to put 50,000 people on a …

Is the NHS going to break in 2017?

<b>The past few months - if not the whole year - have seen a constant stream of warnings about impending Armageddon in the health service.</b><p>We have heard how the system has reached various levels of crisis from "tipping point" and "breaking point" to "on the brink of collapse".<p>But is it really that bad? …

Alex Ferguson

People may be ready to pay extra penny on tax for NHS, Tim Farron says

Liberal Democrat leader says voters do not believe health service’s problems can be solved through efficiency savings<p>People may be ready to pay an extra penny on income tax to fund the NHS and social care, Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has said.<p>Farron said voters had reached the …

United Kingdom

Norovirus cases at five year high, piling pressure on stretched NHS

Norovirus cases are at a five year high, piling further pressure on stretched hospitals during the busy winter period, new figures show.<p>Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows reports of the bug had reached 2,435 this season - 12 per cent more than the average for the same period over the last …

NHS rationing: hip-replacement patients needlessly suffering in pain on operation waiting lists

Hundreds of thousands of elderly people are needlessly suffering in pain while they wait for hip operations because care is being rationed by the NHS, leading doctors have warned.<p>The waiting list for hip, knee and other orthopaedic operations has risen by a quarter over the past eight years to more …

Addressing the workforce challenges in implementing 7 day hospital services

Sky News - Concerns over 7 day NHS (23 August 2016)