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- Most practices in England do not want to provide online consultations GP Online survey reveals that despite £45m NHS England campaign to promote the idea most GPs do not see online consultations as any help with the problems they face.
- Council paid ‘golden hellos’ to free up beds amid warning NHS crisis will continue With all three of Norfolk's hospitals full to capacity at three points over the Christmas and New Year period, County Council bosses resorted to bungs to entice care homes to take more discharged patients and free up hospital beds. Local press report.
- NHS crisis: Senior Tory MP hits out at Government's 'disingenuous' use of winter statistics Sarah Wollaston, Tory chair of Commons Health Committee, stops short of calling her own party's ministers liars. But only just.
- Branson and Virgin set to expand further into NHS A closer look at the complex web of Virgin contracts, by Paul Gallagher for the i Briefing.
- Care Closer to Home: It Isn't Working. A short film by Save Our Hospital Services Devon.
This film shows how the government policy of so-called "Care Closer to Home" is failing while 71% of Community Hospital beds have been cut across Devon since 2013.
For more information on SOHS Devon, visit their website at www.sohs.org.uk
- Philip Dunne, sacked after his NHS remarks, must now face his constituents Guardian article by Shropshire journalist on May's dismissal of gaffe-prone junior health minister.
- GP at Hand triples patient list as young patients flock to video consultation service GP Online noting the extent of cherry-picking by this latest departure from General Practice – just 0.5% of recent registrations have come from people over 60 who are most needing good primary care.
- Sandalwood Court place of safety unit to be temporarily closed Place of safety in Swindon closed for 12 months -- nearest option for Swindon patients now Devizes. Local press report.
- UK ministers hold crisis talks over Carillion Financial Times report on the gathering crisis of one of the major players in PFI.
- Emergency care is in a state of Emergency Press release from Royal College of Emergency Medicine on worst-ever month's performance on A&E waiting times
- Scores of NHS hospitals completely full during first week of January GP Online article using latest figures states: "NHS hospitals reported that every single one of their beds was full on 78 occasions in the first week of January, as winter pressures drove average levels of bed occupancy across England to a new high."
- Virgin launches pay as you go primary care and "wellbeing" service in Birmingham Care for the worried wealthy (£35 for a "remote" GP appointment with someone you have never met: £55 to meet them in person). Another Virgin move to undermine the NHS.
- MP says business case for new company at Airedale reveals harmful impact on employee terms and conditions Keighley MP reveals business case plan for 2-tier workforce as NHS Trusts create new "special purpose vehicles" to dodge VAT.
- Social care postcode gap grows Observer report underlines the other dimension to the NHS funding crisis.
- One trust in five runs out of beds at very start of winter Independent report
- Americans die younger despite highest health care spending Bloomberg analysis -- for profit healthcare is bad for your health.
- NHS Providers weekly update on trusts' performance. Week by week reports on how trusts are coping despite the failure of ministers to respond to NHS Providers' previous Winter Warnings.
- Hands off HRI petition via 38 Degrees Petition to Jeremy Hunt calling on him to reprieve the services under threat at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary through the review process. The case was referred by local councillors last Summer and we now await the outcome. Last heard, it has not yet got to the top of the review list!
- Lego's latest: build your own ACS The NHS has teamed up with Lego to create the most absorbing and challenging construction set ever. The Lego Accountable Care System promises to keep you and your family occupied well into the New Year 2023 and beyond.
- Worcestershire trust already can't cope with winter pressures 13 diverts from A&E in just one week of December
- Shadow Health SecretaryJon Ashworth calls for campaigning to roll back privatisation A more lengthy blog from Labourlist tackling various aspects of the "toxic privatisation agenda".
- GPs fear NHS crisis with hospitals full at start of winter Hospital beds 94.5% occupied in first few days of December – before winter crisis even starts. GPs fear impact on primary care and delays in elective treatment.
- Two thirds of GPs say their practice will struggle to cope this winter Frightening extra dimension of the developing crisis created by 7 solid years of inadequate funding.
- Practices continue to drop private work in face of growing workload Unexpected result of cash squeeze in primary care -- from GP online.
- Brilliant pictures of thousands of US nurses fighting for safe staffing In Kaiser Hospitals, California -- yes Kaiser that is quoted as a model for England's NHS. Nov. 2, 2017 — Nurses say they will continue doing whatever it takes to draw public attention to the eroding patient care standards that they warn have a direct impact on health outcomes for Kaiser’s patients. Kaiser is both the largest hospital chain and health insurer in California. #SafeStaffing #Solidarity
- Impact of the Budget on health spending Note for the Commons health Committee putting an official analysis: spending set to just about match predicted levels of inflation
- This Budget will deepen the crisis in general practice Just days after figures showed a sharp reduction in numbers of GPs despite promises to increase them, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget statement was "a massive let down for the NHS in general and general practice in particular," says Dr Kailash Chand.
- CQC shines light on "hidden injustice" in mental health "Nearly a year ago, Prime Minister Theresa May described mental illness as a "hidden injustice". Various statements since then have been taken by some as encouraging signs that government - at the highest level - takes mental illness seriously, and that parity of esteem with physical health services is on its way.
But feedback from patients is clearly and consistently telling a different story. And those injustices are not hidden. They're right there in the CQC's evidence."
- Primary healthcare, disruptive innovation, and the digital gold rush What exactly is Babylon up to? BMJ blog
- Government pledges £3.5bn capital to NHS over next five years (£ paywall HSJ)
Explanation of how the £3.5 billion plus land sales leaves another £3.3 bn to be raised from private sector investment to meet the Naylor Review £10bn target.
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