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Are Politicians Brave Enough to Go Cold Turkey on the Four-hour A&E Target?

Leonora Merry | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Leonora Merry

Relegating the four-hour target in importance and looking across a richer set of indicators like these could be an important way forward. But doing this will mean moving away from the weekly fix of headlines about hospitals 'underperforming' or, alternatively, meeting the target. Are politicians brave enough to go cold turkey on the totemic four-hour A&E target?

I Don't Care What You Want, Tell Me What You Need

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Should care for "self-inflicted" alcohol, drug, smoking and obesity problems be funded by the NHS? Should cosmetic surgery in any form be available free of charge? Should the most expensive new cancer drugs be funded, even though they only benefit a tiny handful of the population and cost millions?

Concern, Not Criticism, Was the Public's Response to A&E This Winter

Harry Evans | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Harry Evans

The yearly discourse of winter NHS strains has reached the public ear. What's more, people can distinguish between the NHS generally, which they know to offer the highest quality and the NHS in winter, where there is more concern.

Migraine: A Burden on Patients, And a Strain on the NHS

Sarah Mehta | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

During my first attack my left side went numb and left me thinking I had had a stroke; with no headache I had no clue that the culprit was migraine. An out-of-hours GP sent me straight to accident and emergency.

NHS - Can We Fix It?

Sue Dewey | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Sue Dewey

This spectrum of care that vacillates between the brilliant and the dreadful cannot be allowed to continue, it is not cost effective for starters! I hope the powers that be are coming up with a plan that will allow the NHS to do what it does best - primary care, emergency care and the very specialised life-saving stuff.

What Is Really Causing the A&E Crisis?

Dr Louise Irvine | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Louise Irvine

The £700million 'winter crisis funding" the Government is throwing at the problem is too little, too late. It is intended to avert political embarrassment in the run up to the election. Sadly it's unlikely to have much impact on the conditions for patients or staff in our A&Es this winter.

Frontline Workers Need to Be Respected, Not Beaten Up for Doing Their Job

Roger Evans | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Roger Evans

It's good news that crime is falling and our cities, towns and neighbourhoods are becoming safer. But there is much more to be done. It is alarming to see that the very people we depend on are being beaten up just for doing their job. They need to be treated with respect.

How Data Can Reduce Visits to A&E

Chris Spencer | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

The concept is welcome, but it has its doubters. Can such patients really be identified? Won't identifying them and paying more attention to their care just highlight more reasons they need to go to A&E? Won't this simply shift pressure from A&E departments to GP practices?

Nurses Weep As A&E Department Closes (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK

Nurses are some of the country's toughest men and women, but for these brave caregivers the devastation became too much as their A&E department was sh...

Patient Knows Best...

Anna Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

Whilst I am not absolving any of us of our part in clogging up waiting rooms unnecessarily or putting extra pressure on GPs by bothering them with our sniffles, changing our behaviour is clearly not just a matter of information and education.

Should A&E Patients Be Charged £10 A Visit?

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A new poll suggests GPs have little faith in the Government's ability to ease pressure on A&E services. Although a third believe patients should be...

Accident And Emergency Depratments To Get £500m Bailout

PA | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK

Struggling A&E departments are to be given a £500 million Government bailout to help relieve pressure in the coming months. The cash, announced by...

A&E Plans 'Lack Sufficient Urgency'

PA | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics

Plans to address the problem of bulging A&E departments "lack sufficient urgency", MPs have warned. The Health Select Committee said it was not con...

Jeremy Hunt Is Playing a Dangerous Game

Andy Burnham | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Burnham

For political reasons, Jeremy Hunt has turned this whole issue into a crisis of primary care. The trouble is he has a real crisis in A&E that isn't going away - and the measures he is proposing won't solve it, as the advice from NHS England makes clear. In fact, by focusing his department's attention on the wrong target, he could make matters even worse.

A&E Services Have 'Deteriorated Seriously'

PA | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK

Accident and emergency services have "deteriorated significantly", NHS officials have conceded as they set out plans to improve the service. Launch...

A&E Demand 'Out Of Control' Warns Health Regulator

PA | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK

Demand on NHS accident and emergency departments is "out of control" and "totally unsustainable", the head of the health and social care regulator has...

Self Scan Kind of Life

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech
Lewis Shepherd

Even though the high street may die a death, machines powered by us will probably run the shops that remain open. But this technique of doing things ourselves appears to be running into other areas of our lives.

Children In A&E To Be Logged On Database To Help Spot Abuse

PA | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK

All children who visit hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments or have out-of-hours GP consultations will be logged in a national database, ...

'Too Many' Cancers Diagnosed In A&E

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Almost a quarter of people are not diagnosed with cancer until they are admitted to hospital as an urgent case, research suggests. The National Can...

My NHS experience

Michelle Holmes | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics
Michelle Holmes

I patiently waited for 15 minutes after putting in a 999 call for an ambulance, before calling back at 6.40am last Monday after my mum's collapse. When the operator told me "it's not unusual to have to wait this length of time during periods of high call volumes" I knew what was to come.

Hangovers, Bad Hair Days, False Nail Removal.. Why People Go To A&E

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 07.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Toenails in need of a trim, hangover help and bad-hair-day dramas are just three of the bizarre reasons why people attend A&E, a new NHS campaign has ...