Delays in cancer treatment are occurring in 75% of hospital Trusts.

Unfortunately in some situations time is a critical factor because often the earlier a diagnosis is made and treatment commenced, the better the chances of a patient making a good recovery. If treatment is delayed, this can lead to permanent complications and health issues which could potentially have been avoided. By way of an example, Read More …

Report of the Liverpool Community Health Independent Review

An inquiry into Liverpool Community Health has identified that the Trust was a dysfunction organisation and as  a consequence of financial targets damaged patient services. The report can be found at https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/2403/LiverpoolCommunityHealth_IndependentReviewReport_V2.pdf The report highlights that staff at the Liverpool service were over stretched, leadership was inadequate and they failed to recognise that the cost Read More …

NHS Care Inspection

Care inspectors  the Care Quality Commission have taken steps to ensure an NHS Hospital Trust improve its safety and leadership in order to protect patients. The Trust in question, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was assessed as requiring improvements to infection control  and privacy. It has been reported by the BBC that the Trust Read More …

Has your GP been closed and have you suffered as a result? Will your GP be the next to close?

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/no-guarantee-more-liverpool-gp-16384569 Has your GP been closed and have you suffered as a result? Will your GP be the next to close? Thousands will be prevented from accessing primary care as a result of the closure of multiple GP practices across Liverpool, with potentially more to close in the future. Not only will this impact upon Read More …

The Perils of Dying at the Wrong Time of the Day!

It is usually never a good time to die, but did you know that the exact time of day of your death could have major consequences for who inherits your estate? This is a genuine and very real problem for [married] couples who jointly own property and die in a common accident. The operation of Read More …

Delay in Medical Diagnosis Treatment

The National Audit Office has highlighted more than 4.2 million patients are now on waiting lists for surgery, a 55 per cent rise in five years. The number waiting more than 18 weeks for operations has tripled over the same period, with 528,000 patients forced to wait longer, as key NHS targets have been repeatedly Read More …

Finding Comedy in the NHS

It’s not all doom and gloom with the NHS.  At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, comedian, Mark Thomas, began touring a show that specifically concentrated on the NHS – Check Up. Whilst he highlighted the strengths of the NHS and commitment of its dedicated employees, he equally criticised the organisations complacency, under-investment and creeping privatisation. Read More …

Testing announced for group-B Strep (GBS)

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is one of many bacteria that can be present in our bodies. It doesn’t usually result in damage. It is relatively common with 1 in 5 pregnant women carrying GBS in their vagina or digestive systems. GBS in some cases can cause complications as around the time of labour and birth, Read More …

Advice on Waiting Times in A & E

If you are unfortunate enough to attend A&E, does the receptionist have a responsibility to provide you with accurate information regarding waiting times? That was the question before the Supreme Court in the recent case of Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. The facts of the case were relatively simple. Mr Darnley who was Read More …

Sepsis: A Call for Better Training

Sepsis or blood poisoning is a serious complication of an infection, which can be fatal if not treated quickly. The BBC has recently reported the story of a gentleman who believes that more training is needed. In his case, there was delay in diagnosing sepsis of five hours. The result was life changing with the Read More …