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The NHS continues to miss key cancer waiting times, as new figures showed a third of patients in one health board area had to wait more than two months for treatment to get underway. NHS data showed that from July to September 87.2% of all cancer patients across Scotland started…
The NHS is under "severe pressure" as it faces potentially the worst flu season in two decades, health service experts have warned. NHS Providers said the health service in England would be "sorely tested" during the colder months, when there was traditionally a significant rise in demand for services due…
Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings, and the NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. This economic challenge has been the catalyst…
The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurse numbers since 2010 has contributed to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to new research. There could be as many as 100 excess deaths a day from now on if the NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, a…
A Holyrood committee has hit out at the "unacceptable" lack of information on the £8 billion plus budgets spent by integration authorities (IAs) on health and social care. MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee complained there is "little by the way of information on the financial position" of the…
The number of patients kept in hospital after being told they were well enough to leave has fallen year on year, according to official figures. Statistics from September's census found 1,378 people had to remain in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed blocking. The figure was down…
The NHS is heading into winter on a knife edge as half of NHS trust finance directors think patient care in their area has got worse over the past year, an influential think tank has warned. The King's Fund believes the negative outlook from 51% of finance directors, compared with…
Terminally ill patients could be dying in hospitals due to delays with a "fast track" service aimed at helping people receive care outside of hospital, a new report suggests. The Continuing Healthcare package, funded by the NHS, is for some people whose health needs can be attended to outside of…
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