STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Welcome to Strength in Numbers

swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliationWe must always take sidesNeutrality helps the oppressornever the victimSilence encourages the tormentornever thetormented.

                                                                                                             Elie Wiesel

A blog for you…..

This is where you can have your stories published about the care you or your loved ones have had while in hospital.

This is where you can interact with others on the subject of care within the NHS.

This is where you can view helpful links, and news stories.

This is a blog for you.

You can email me directly on thelast6months@hotmail.co.uk if you would like me to publish your story. Please note, that I may not be able to publish names etc for legal reasons.

You can also email me any helpful links which I can publish on the blog.

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Joanna

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The Last Six Months Including Fifty True Life Stories Kindly Contributed By My Readers

The Last Six Months is about my mother who went into an NHS hospital for a routine hip operation. Her condition deteriorated soon after her operation, so I started writing notes every day. Six months later I was still writing. My notes have become an up-to-date diary during this terrible and tragic course of events.

My readers have also kindly contributed their own stories in this 2nd edition. I want these stories to be brought to the public as this is still happening in our hospitals today, and should never be yesterday’s news. We should always remember to write everything down. I am one of many fighting for the right for people to be treated with respect, dignity and ultimate care within our NHS system.

Together we can make a difference. Strength In Numbers

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Stroke patients are more likely to die at weekends because of poorly-staffed wards with fewer nurses to spot the signs

Stroke patients admitted to hospital at the weekend could have a higher risk of dying on badly staffed wards, new research suggests.
A study of 56,000 patients found a huge disparity in the number of nurses working on stroke units at weekends.
The worst staffed wards saw an extra death for every 25 patients within a month of admission, the data shows.
The research, carried out by specialists from the Royal College of Physicians and five British universities, found a five-fold difference in weekend staffing between the best and worst hospitals.
While the best stroke units had five nurses for every ten patients, the worst-staffed had just one nurse monitoring ten people.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2729018/More-stroke-patients-die-weekends-admitted-badly-staffed-wards.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Youth mental health care ‘in dark ages’, says minister

Mental health services for young people in England are “stuck in the dark ages” and “not fit for purpose”, according to a government minister.
Norman Lamb told BBC News he was determined to modernise the provision of psychiatric help for children.
The care and support minister is launching a task force to look into how to improve services.
One task force member said that “ultimately, money will have to be spent”.
The problems in children’s mental health services have been catalogued in a series of investigations by BBC News and the online journal Community Care

There has been an increase in the number of young people being treated in adult wards and travelling huge distances to receive help
A recent survey carried out by the charity Young Minds showed that councils were cutting services
A report from NHS England last month acknowledged it had no idea about the extent to which mental health problems affect young people. They are however to open an extra 50 beds for inpatient care

Click on the link to read more
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28851443

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Safety of private hospitals questioned as report reveals hundreds die unexpectedly

Patients in Britain’s private hospitals may be put at unnecessary risk and the NHS is left to pick up the pieces, a report has warned, as 800 people died unexpectedly and a further 921 suffered serious injury following private medical treatment.
Private hospitals rarely have intensive care beds, dedicated resuscitation teams and the surgeons and anaesthetists often work in isolation, the report by a think tank said.
When things go wrong in private hospitals, patients are often transferred to the NHS to pick up the pieces, it was warned, with 2,600 patients transferred as emergencies and 6,000 patients moved in total in 2012/13.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11043262/Safety-of-private-hospitals-questioned-as-report-reveals-hundreds-die-unexpectedly.html

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Woman in abortion case tells of suicide attempt

The young woman who was refused an abortion and later had her pregnancy delivered by Caesarean section, has spoken of her attempt to take her own life when she was 16 weeks pregnant.
She says she was a victim of rape before she came to Ireland earlier this year and she found out she was pregnant during a medical check soon after. In an interview with The Irish Times she says she immediately expressed her desire to die rather than bear her rapist’s child, when she was eight weeks and four days pregnant.
She was admitted to hospital last month expressing suicidal ideation at 24 weeks pregnant. She was initially told she could not have an abortion as the pregnancy was too far progressed.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/woman-in-abortion-case-tells-of-suicide-attempt-1.1901256

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Negligence-case lawyers ‘look for too much money’

THE parents of children brain damaged at birth are enduring long court ordeals because their lawyers are asking for exorbitant compensation, according to the head of the State Claims Agency.
Ciaran Breen was responding to strong criticism levelled at the agency for its treatment of families who have taken medical negligence claims against hospitals and doctors for their child’s catastrophic injury.
“Many people express concern that, in some cases, parents of children who have been catastrophically injured as a result of clinical negligence have had to undergo the additional trauma of giving evidence in court and being cross-examined on their evidence,” he said.
“Sometimes it happens because the case is so complex that liability or causation have been difficult to determine or are in dispute.
“But it mostly happens in cases where the settlement demands made by plaintiffs’ lawyers are significantly overstated.”

Click on the link to read more
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/negligencecase-lawyers-look-for-too-much-money-30514875.html

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Mental health sector hit by dramatic reduction in nurse posts

More than 3,600 nursing jobs have gone in the past two years, with trusts suffering a 2.3 real terms funding cut, a major investigation into the state of the NHS mental health sector has revealed.
The analysis, based on freedom of information requests to the 57 mental health trust in England, found many had slashed beds and staffing levels – despite record demand for services and government pledges to ensure mental health was given the same priority as other sectors.
Data supplied by 52 trusts revealed an average reduction in nursing staff of 6% from 2011-12 to 2013-14, with six trusts reporting reductions of more than 10% (see table below). This represents and overall drop of about 3,642 whole-time equivalent nursing posts.
The findings have fuelled concern mental health services have been seen as an “easy target” by managers struggling to cut costs and implement new rules on safe staffing in the acute sector.
However, mental health trusts said the drop was also down to efforts to move more care into the community and the creation of new types of services employing a wider range of professionals.

Click on the link to read more
Mental health sector hit by dramatic reduction in nurse posts

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Are you the 5% that will share re bullying?

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Shhh…. It’s a secret

Update

The project I am working on with a friend is now starting, it’s a very exciting time as we can see everything coming into place.
I still cannot say much more at this moment in time, but this is something that will help so many people in organising their health issues.
Please bear with me, and I promise to update you all as things progress.

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Warning for hospitals on NHS sick list as chief inspector says struggling facilities are ‘in denial’ over poor care

A hard core of struggling hospitals are “in denial” about their failure to provide safe and high-quality care to their patients, the chief inspector of hospitals warns.
In an interview with The Independent, Professor Sir Mike Richards said that some NHS trusts had failed to “look outside” their own institutions for what “sometimes seems like decades” and adopt the best practices of other, more successful hospitals. He said the public’s loyalty to the NHS should not “blind us to the fact” that the NHS does not always do “quite as good a job as we would like it to do”.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/warning-for-hospitals-on-nhs-sick-list-as-chief-inspector-says-struggling-facilities-are-in-denial-over-poor-care-9674938.html

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Surgeon sacked after giving man a VASECTOMY by mistake during minor operation

A surgeon who gave a man a vasectomy by mistake has been sacked with doctors admitting an attempt to reverse the blunder failed.
The horrific mistake happened when the man was undergoing a minor operation at Liverpool’s Broadgreen Hospital earlier this year.
The hospital “apologised unreservedly” to the patient at the time – but it is now understood the man has been told a procedure to correct the error did not work.
This means that although he may still be able to have children through IVF he will not be able to have children naturally.
The urology department at Broadgreen Hospital has now admitted the vasectomy error was just one of five botched operations in twelve months

Click on the link to read more
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/surgeon-sacked-after-giving-man-4067489

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Struck off and shamed… so why is groping psychotherapist still free to treat women today?: Victims said they were asked to undress – but lack of regulation means firm found to be ‘abusing trust’ keep operating

Tina Welch still finds it hard to explain why she ended up naked in her psychotherapist’s office, fending off his unwanted embrace. For, despite feeling extremely uncomfortable, she had followed his instructions to undress.
Shocking as it may seem he, too, had stripped off, bizarrely claiming he would ‘offer his body’ to her in a bid to help her work through intimacy problems in her relationship.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2726594/Struck-shamed-groping-psychotherapist-free-treat-women-today-Victims-said-asked-undress-lack-regulation-means-firm-abusing-trust-operating.html

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Prostate cancer drug ruling a ‘fiasco’, says charity

Abiraterone is already given to patients at the end-of-life after chemotherapy as it gives patients an extra few months.
But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it was not cost-effective to offer it earlier.
It said while the drug improved quality of life, it was unclear whether it had the same impact on life expectancy.
This was due to problems with the research data, NICE said, claiming the trial was finished early – something disputed by the drug’s makers Janssen.
‘Vital opportunity’
Instead, patients will have to rely on their doctors applying to the Cancer Drugs Fund, a special pot set aside for cancer drugs not routinely available on the NHS.
Some 3,000 patients have done this in the last year, but that fund is due to end in 2016.
Owen Sharp, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, the largest men’s health charity, said the whole process was “a fiasco”.
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Cancer patient Mike Sawkins: “I’m privileged to be on this expensive drug”
He criticised NICE’s inflexibility and the drug company’s results-gathering process, saying: “This decision is a kick in the teeth for men with advanced prostate cancer.

Click on the link to see video and read more
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28785250

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Newlywed dies of cervical cancer after being ‘too young’ for a smear test

A young woman died from cervical cancer just four months after her wedding, having been repeatedly told she was too young for a smear test.
Dawn Weston was refused a smear test when we she went to the doctors with crippling back pain at the age of 24.
But months later she was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer.
She was refused a test as the age limit in the UK is 25 but just days before she died a routine screening letter was sent to her home.
Her family are now petitioning to change the law so that women under the age of 25 are able to have routine smear tests.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11032403/Newlywed-dies-of-cervical-cancer-after-being-too-young-for-a-smear-test.html

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‘Don’t be sad I’m gone, be happy I’m not in pain': Haunting blog of musician, 21, posted days after he was found dead

The haunting blog of a musician – detailing his battle with depression and telling his loved ones ‘not to be sad I’m gone’- has appeared online days after he died.
It is believed Brett Robertshaw timed the post for after his death – with the line: ‘If this post is live I’m probably not here any more.’
The talented musician was found in his bedroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, by his aunt on July 5 – seven days before the blog appeared.

Please click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722658/Dont-sad-Im-gone-happy-Im-not-pain-Haunting-blog-musician-21-posted-days-dead.html

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For ALL who’ve been silenced-either whistleblowers (all types) or complainants (all types) Gather Together 10th September 2014

A word from Eileen Chubb, http://www.compassionicare.com one of the BUPA 7 Whistleblowers re the Protest 10th September 2014 Parliament Square, London.
This is for ALL who have been not listened to by the Authorities… Either Professional or Patient or Relative Whistleblowers… OR Whistleblowers and Complainants from other sectors…Social Services, Aviation, Navigation, Railways, Retail, Bank, Police etc. etc.

WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING?

Please gather on 10th September 2014 at 12 pm on Parliament Sq, London. Banners and whistles will be provided to all those who have not brought their own.
At 2pm all the flags and banners will be lowered in remembrance of all victims of silence. People who have lost someone will hold up their photos and names and instead of two minutes silence, there will be two minutes breaking the silence. We want thousands of whistles to be blown.To remember that whistle-blowers could have saved them all.

For more details on Edna s Law see http://www.compassionincare.com

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UK’s worst doctors are named, shamed but let off: Just a slap on the wrist… for fatal mistakes and criminal behaviour

Some of Britain’s worst doctors have been allowed to carry on practising despite making fatal medical errors and engaging in criminal behaviour, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
In spite of such failings as overlooking cancer symptoms, botching operations and kerb-crawling, they have been effectively let off with a slap on the wrist.
In total, 147 doctors were given formal warnings by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2013, which is charged with upholding professional standards. Cases included:
At least five in which doctors missed the symptoms of cancer – sometimes with fatal consequences;
A surgeon who threw a scalpel across an operating theatre during an operation;
A GP who indecently exposed himself at a Christmas party; and another caught soliciting for prostitutes.
In each case, the GMC chose to issue a warning rather than impose a tougher penalty. Last year, 55 other doctors were struck off – 1.6 per cent of the 3,348 formally investigated.
A further 86 were suspended, out of the total of 233,000 doctors who are licensed to practise

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2720973/UK-s-worst-doctors-named-shamed-let-Just-slap-wrist-fatal-mistakes-criminal-behaviour.html

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Watch Sir Robert Francis QC being interviewed by Eamonn Holmes on SKY explaining about the launch of the Independent review on whistleblowing.

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NHS says no to new breast cancer drug Kadcyla – Are you affected by the Kadcyla decision?

A pioneering new breast cancer treatment will not be routinely available in England and Wales, the NHS drugs advisory body NICE is proposing.
The drug – Kadcyla – adds six months of life on average to women dying with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
NICE criticised makers Roche for not setting an affordable price, in its updated draft guidance.
The drug costs £90,000 per patient but Roche said it had offered a lower – undisclosed – price in recent talks.
The two organisations have been in negotiations since the first draft guidance from NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), rejecting the drug, was published in April.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28688311

Are you affected by the Kadcyla decision? Sensitive C4 documentary wants to hear from you. email : health@voltage.tu

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How GPs leave us feeling confused: Third admit feeling anxious after an appointment because they do not understand what their doctor has told them

One in three Brits admit leaving appointments with their GP completely baffled by medical jargon, according to research.
A shocking 31 per cent feel confused, anxious and uneasy after failing to understand what their doctor has told them.
One in ten 18 to 24 year olds (ten per cent) even think a harmless ‘benign’ condition is terminal – causing them to leave the doctor’s in unnecessary fear.
The study shows many others are also misunderstanding their diagnosis.
One in nine Brits (11 per cent) believe a CT scan is a ‘computerised torso scan’, while eight per cent are convinced a haemorrhage is just another word for piles.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2718538/How-GPs-leave-feeling-confused-Third-admit-feeling-anxious-appointment-understand-doctor-told-them.html

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In Loving Memory of Harry aged 4 – How doctors failed to save his life

This is so very very sad, little Harry should have been given a chance in life. Fly high with the angels Harry x

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Freedom to speak up now launched

http://Www.freedomtospeakup.org.uk is now launched any questions please in box Fiona Bell on http://www.unityportal.org. She has been invited to take part in this review as a patient group, more later….

http://freedomtospeakup.org.uk/

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Open consultation NHS outcomes framework review

Consultation description
We are asking for thoughts on our current proposals and our long term planning for the NHS outcomes framework. The document asks specific questions on 4 main areas of the framework:

Mental health
Children and young people
Health inequalities
Patient experience/safety
Feedback will be used to update and improve the NHS Outcomes Framework.

The NHS outcome framework measures performance in the health and care system and presents a national-level narrative on how the NHS in England is working.

Ways to respond
Email to:
nhsoutcomesframework@dh.gsi.gov.uk
Write to:
NHS Group
Richmond House
79 Whitehall,
London SW1A 2NS

Click on the link to download
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nhs-outcomes-framework-review

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NHS whistleblowers urged to share experiences of poor patient care

Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has launched a call for evidence for his review of whistleblowing in the health service
NHS staff are being urged to share their experiences of blowing the whistle on incidents of poor patient care.
Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has launched a call for evidence for his review of whistleblowing in the health service.
The aim of his independent review, commissioned by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier this year, is to recommend how best staff can be supported to raise concerns about poor patient care.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11017755/NHS-whistleblowers-urged-to-share-experiences-of-poor-patient-care.html

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Trust faces protest over claims that nurse’s career was ‘ruined’

The husband of a nurse has claimed his wife’s career was “ruined” by unfounded allegations and “bullying”, which led her to give up her job at Worcestershire Health and Social Care Trust.
Nigel Gilbert was among a group of friends and family who took part in a demonstration at the trust’s headquarters on 22 July, as part of an ongoing campaign to restore the reputation of retired community psychiatric nurse Ingra Kirkland.
The group, which calls itself Betrayed By Her Trust, has been campaigning for more than two years after Ms Kirkland left the organisation under a cloud in December 2011. She had been employed by the trust for about 20 years when she was accused of being involved in record-keeping anomalies and moved from her post to a job on a ward.

Click on the link to read more…Trust faces protest over claims that nurse’s career was ruined

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Leeds hospital blunders revealed in report

DOCTORS wrongly removed a woman’s kidney after mistaking it for an ectopic pregnancy, a new report on serious incidents at Leeds hospitals shows.
Two patients also received adrenaline overdoses, there was an outbreak of MRSA among new mums and staff failed to respond when a patient deteriorated, according to the document.
It details 16 serious incidents recorded by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in May and June, with 11 of these pressure ulcers.
The report, by chief medical officer Dr Yvette Oade, says there has been an increase since 2013 in the number of serious incidents.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/leeds-hospital-blunders-revealed-in-report-1-6763718

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Princess Alexandra Hospitals Trust boss used taxpayer-funded credit card

The chief executive of a struggling hospital trust spent £50,000 on an NHS credit card in a previous job, it is claimed.
Phil Morley, boss of Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT) in Harlow which serves Epping Forest, spent the money between 2011 and April this year while in charge of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust.
He joined PAHT, where corporate credit cards are not held by individual trust executives, having resigned from his previous role in April.
Last week it emerged the PAHT was in financial difficulty and had been reported to the health secretary due to a deficit of £16.5m in 2013/14 and a planned deficit of £11.5m for 2014/15.
Among the expenses paid to Mr Morley was £3728.65 spent in Florida over eight days in January 2012, according to Taxpayers’ Alliance.
Also appearing on the card statement were a £1,284 stay at The Montague in London, an £817 spend at The Royal Horseguards, and a £663.45 bill from the Bloomsbury Hotel.

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http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/11389265.NHS_chief_claimed___50_000_expenses/

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A&E closures ‘affect death rates’

Closing hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments has knock-on effects that lead to more patient deaths, a US study has shown.
Shutting down a local casualty ward can have a significant adverse impact on the fate of patients at nearby hospitals, it is claimed.
Recent closure of an A&E unit increased the death rate of patients admitted to surrounding hospitals by 5%, the research conducted in San Francisco found.
The results come in the midst of a major review of hospital emergency services in England which critics fear will open the door to widespread closures.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, who is leading the review, has said that rationalising the current “fragmented” system could drive up standards and save lives.

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https://uk.news.yahoo.com/e-closures-affect-death-rates-200137183.html#mpRJrWL

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French Hospital Opening Wine Bar For Terminally Ill Patients

Originally posted on Same Difference:

The French have long been famed for their unshakeable belief in the health benefits of a glass of wine. Now, a hospital in central France plans to take things a step further by opening a wine bar aimed at improving the quality of life of terminally ill patients.

The bar at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital will open in September.

It will be housed in the hospital’s palliative care centre and patients will be able to invite friends and family to share a drink with them.

The first of its kind in France, the bar would “cheer up the difficult day-to-day existence of patients”,” the head of the centre, Virginie Guastella, told AFP. “The aim is to ‘re-humanise’ patients by improving the quality of their day-to-day existence and also by giving them the pleasure of being able to offer and receive.”

The bar would also allow families facing bereavement to “create…

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NHS gets extra £250m to clear surgery backlog: 10,000 to have cataract, knee and hip ops as waiting list soars over 3 million

The NHS is to spend £250million to clear a massive backlog of knee, cataract and hip replacement operations.
Jeremy Hunt will today announce that the injection of cash will help ensure no one waits more than a year for treatment – unless it is clinically necessary.
But the plan will also mean longer waiting times for tens of thousands of patients.
The number of people on the NHS waiting list now stands at 3.1million – its highest for six years; with almost 600 having waited for longer than 12 months. The Health Secretary will say the money will pay for up to 100,000 operations over the next few months in a bid to treat some of those who have waited the longest.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2715142/NHS-gets-extra-250m-clear-surgery-backlog-10-000-cataract-knee-hip-ops-waiting-list-soars-3million.html

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Whistleblower treatment is often ‘shocking’, say MPs

The treatment of employees in public services who have raised concerns about wrongdoing has often been “shocking”, a group of MPs has said.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee said whistleblowers had often been subjected to bullying and harassment.
Its report called for whistleblowers to be offered legal and counselling help and for “swift sanctions” to be imposed on staff who victimised them.
The government said it was acting to ensure people felt free to speak out.
The report highlighted the “important” role whistleblowers had played in uncovering details about the Hillsborough disaster and the Mid Staffordshire NHS trust scandal.
The committee said whistleblowing was a “crucial source of intelligence to help government identify wrongdoing”.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28596233

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Ebola outbreak: UK border not prepared for virus

General Secretary of the ISU Lucy Moreton says the border is not prepared to deal with the Ebola outbreak with staff unsure what to do if they suspect someone of being sick.
The threat of the Ebola virus to the UK is increasing, according to Keith Vaz MP. The borders to the UK represent the first line of defence against this deadly disease, he added.
Keith Vaz MP, the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has today written to the Home Secretary to understand how prepared the UK borders are.
Mr Vaz said: “I am concerned that the officers enforcing our borders suggest they may not be fully prepared to protect the public from the spread of this deadly virus.
“Prevention is not just better than cure, in this case it is essential.
“I have written to the Home Secretary to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the UK on the frontline.”

Click on the link to read more on updates
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/11005115/Ebola-virus-outbreak-July-31-as-it-happened.html

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What your friends with cancer want you to know (but are afraid to say)

People with cancer are supposed to be heroic.
We fight a disease that terrifies everyone.
We are strong because we endure treatments that can feel worse than the actual malignancies.
We are brave because our lab tests come back with news we don’t want to hear.
The reality of life with cancer is very different from the image we try to portray.
Our fight is simply a willingness to go through treatment because, frankly, the alternative sucks. Strength? We endure pain and sickness for the chance to feel normal down the road. Brave? We build up an emotional tolerance and acceptance of things we can’t change. Faith kicks in to take care of the rest.
The truth is that if someone you love has cancer, they probably won’t be completely open about what they’re going through because they’re trying so hard to be strong.
For you.
However, if they could be truly honest and vulnerable, they would tell you:

Please click on the link to read the ten things your friends with Cancer want you to know
http://roadkillgoldfish.com/friends-cancer-want-know/

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NHS Highland accused of ‘breaching human rights’

A health board is being accused of breaching the human rights of two patients who have had to travel almost 700 miles a week for months to access dialysis treatment.
The women, who both live in Campbeltown, have to travel to Vale of Leven Hospital in ­Alexandria as NHS Highland provides no dialysis machines.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Kathleen Sharp, 64, and Mary MacKay, 73, make the six-hour, 230-mile return trip to hospital. A third dialysis patient from the isle of Gigha clocks up almost 600 miles a week and is collected in a separate car to tie in with ferry times.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/nhs-highland-accused-of-breaching-human-rights-1-3492722

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Cancer patient denied life-giving drugs by NHS has to find £2,000 a WEEK to fund them

Terminally ill with brain cancer, Reece Hawley’s spirits were raised when doctors told him the drug Avastin could significantly prolong his life.
But the 21-year-old’s glimmer of hope was cruelly snatched away by health chiefs who refused to fund the treatment on the NHS.
And now the trainee primary school teacher is desperately trying to raise £2,000 a week to buy the drug – which can extend a cancer sufferer’s life for up to two years.
His generous friends and family have put on a string of events to find the cash so they can have more time with Reece.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cancer-patient-denied-life-giving-drugs-3928687

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Safe nurse staffing levels could cost £414m, says NICE

Ensuring safe nursing staff levels on adult hospital wards will cost the NHS up to £414m, according to an official estimate by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. But some leading nurses say the true cost will be at least double that.
The impact assessment estimated the cost of implementing the NICE staffing guidance for adult acute wards, which was published earlier this month, could be anything from £0 to £414m.
The guidance said less than two registered nurses on a ward at any time was a patient safety “red flag” that required action, and acknowledged a ratio of more than eight patients to one registered nurse could increase the risk of a red flag occurring.
Last week NICE followed up the guidance by publishing a separate analysis on its predicted financial impact. NICE said a realistic mid-point when it came to the cost would be around £207m – a 5% increase on current planned staffing levels.
However, it said the extra costs of safe staffing were likely to be offset by savings from fewer pressure ulcers and healthcare-acquired infections, shorter stays in hospital due to more effective care and reduced risk of being sued because of poor care.

Click on the link to read more from Nursing Times.Net
Safe nurse staffing levels could cost

Click on the link to read the full five-page NICE resource impact commentary
http://www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/SG1

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The NHS revolving door scandal: How £1.6bn has been paid to sacked bosses in just four years

Nearly £1.6billion in redundancy payments has been given to NHS bureaucrats in the past four years, including thousands who have since been rehired.
In the past 12 months alone, at least £8million was spent paying off 40 managers, handed cheques for £200,000 or more.
A revolving door in the NHS means 4,000 managers paid off since the last election later returned to the health payroll.

Read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707816/The-NHS-revolving-door-scandal-How-1-6bn-paid-sacked-bosses-just-four-years.html

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Widow is denied the chance to have dead husband’s baby after NHS bosses ‘refuse IVF on the grounds she is SINGLE’

Nursery nurse Donna Turner has been refused the chance to have her dead husband’s baby because NHS bosses said it would make her a single parent.
Mrs Turner last night told how she had been refused IVF treatment using sperm taken from her husband of only eight months.
Surgeons had even reversed Paul Turner’s vasectomy as he lay dying from bowel cancer, just months after the couple married, so the sperm could be harvested and frozen to fulfil the couple’s desperate wish to have a baby.
Mrs Turner said NHS staff had turned her down for IVF treatment because, as a widow, she was officially single.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2704091/Widow-denied-chance-dead-husbands-baby-NHS-bosses-refuse-IVF-grounds-SINGLE.html

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Faulty NHS equipment kills 300 people a year: Further 5,000 are left seriously injured by devices including pacemakers and MRI scanners

More than 300 patients a year are dying due to faulty NHS equipment, according to a damning new report.
Nearly 5,000 people were left seriously injured last year after using faulty equipment including pacemakers, MRI and CT scanners, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
In the highest annual total of deaths since records began, 309 patients died last year in ‘adverse incidents’ linked to medical devices.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2705014/Faulty-NHS-equipment-kills-300-people-year-Further-5-000-left-seriously-injured-devices-including-pacemakers-MRI-scanners.html

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Risk of infecting surgery patients with CJD not taken seriously, say MPs

Health officials must do more to prevent the spread of variant CJD, the human form of BSE, say MPs. They warn that the ongoing risks of infection are not being taken seriously enough.
Some hospitals may have put patients at risk by failing to decontaminate surgical tools used on people with vCJD, and it was impossible to know if the national blood supply was clear of the infectious agent, they said.
The MPs go on to accuse ministers of complacency and to call for a fresh effort to develop better sterilisation procedures and the establishment of a large blood-screening trial in the next 12 months to reveal the scale of the “silent infection”.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/24/risk-infecting-surgery-patients-cjd-not-taken-seriously-mps

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Meeting at Department of Health

Dear All, I was invited by representatives from a Coalition of Health Campaign Groups, Healed by Compassion (formerly Heal the Regulators) on 16 July at the Department of Health, and 21st July with one of the Directors of NHS England. We had good discussions on important issues affecting patients and staff. This will be the start of a good working relationship, and my hope is that the link will give us a voice in complaints, and care.

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First NHS efficiency tables expose ‘profligate’ waste

The first ever NHS efficiency league tables have disclosed “profligate and scandalous” waste – with some hospitals spending eight times as much as others to buy exactly the same products. The figures suggest that overall, more than £1 bn could be saved across the NHS from its £14 billion budget.
The data, published for the first time, compares spending by 244 NHS trusts on 100 of the most common products.

The lottery in NHS spending: the highest and lowest sums paid by trusts for the same items
• Surgical gloves [per pair]
Hertfordshire Community trust £0.50
The Princess Alexandra Hospital trust £1.28
• A4 paper white [500 sheets]
Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation trust £1.84
2Gether Foundation trust £4.34
• Anti-embolism stockings [each]
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital foundation trust £2.51
West Suffolk NHS foundation trust £5.62
• Single use tourniquets [100 units]
North West Ambulance Service trust £6.03
2Gether Foundation trust £13.12
• Toilet tissue [100 units]
Burton Hospitals Foundation trust £32.78
City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation trust £66.72
• Patient sling [each]
Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation trust £15.00
Plymouth Hospitals trust £28.20
• Hypodermic syringe [100 units]
Hinchingbrooke Healthcare trust £4.21
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation trust £6.25
• Medical wipes [100 units]
North West Ambulance Service trust £1.95
Kingston Hospital Foundation trust £2.53

Click on the link to read more
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10980991/First-NHS-efficiency-tables-expose-profligate-waste.html

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Complaints against doctors double

The rise in the use of social media has contributed to a doubling of complaints against doctors in five years, it has been reported.
Negative press coverage and a decline in “deference” towards doctors from patients has led to the soaring number of complaints, which rose from 5,168 in 2007 to 10,347 in 2012.

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http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/complaints-against-doctors-double/5073157.article#.U81-l_ldWSp

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Nurses ‘stripped war hero, 93, of his dignity’ by leaving him naked and lying in his own urine days before he died

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Frank Foster was battling fatal brain tumour and admitted to hospital in May
Daughter says nurses at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent, ignored his cries
She said she found him ‘tearing his clothes off in agony’ on a soaked bed
So appalled she took pictures of him and lodged complaints with staff
Mr Foster, a solider in King’s Royal Rifle Cops, died six days later on June 13
He fought and was shot in the Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War
Hospital has launched an internal investigation into the care of Mr Foster

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2700223/Nurses-stripped-war-hero-93-dignity-leaving-naked-lying-urine-days-died.html

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NHS staffing guidelines: it would be a mistake to set minimum levels

Adequate staffing levels, although necessary, are not enough to guarantee safe and high quality care
In the wake of the Francis inquiry and Berwick review, Nice’s new safe staffing guidelines, for which I produced the statistical and economic analysis, may have caused surprise by stopping short of setting minimum staffing levels. Yet doing so would have been a mistake. It would have led to repeated mistakes across management of health services, abdicating responsibility for the correct completion of checklists and targets, while failing to acknowledge human experience.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/jul/21/nhs-staffing-mistake-minimum-levels

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Anger as operation blunders are revealed by Scots NHS boards

PATIENTS’ groups reacted with fury yesterday after it emerged 35 Scots have been victims of operation blunders in the last five years.
Mistakes include one patient having a needle put into the wrong side of their chest in an emergency procedure and others having operations on the incorrect part of their head.
Four out of Scotland’s 14 health boards admitted operating on the wrong body parts.
NHS Tayside revealed they had 20 incidents in which staff had incorrectly carried out operations or procedures on the wrong part of their body – but could not provide details.

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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/anger-operation-blunders-revealed-scots-3877946

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Hospital patients and staff scared to complain says MP

Patients, relatives, and staff are scared of speaking out about problems in hospitals, MP Ann Clwyd has warned.
Ms Clwyd – critical of her late husband’s care in a Cardiff hospital – said some were afraid complaining would mean poorer treatment.
She said she had calls about the issue from medical staff who would not give names for fear of being sacked.
Ministers said they wanted everyone to “feel comfortable” raising any concerns they have about the Welsh NHS.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-28325947

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NICE sets out guidance on safe nurse staffing levels for hospitals

Less than two registered nurses present on a ward during any shift, day or night, represents a patient safety “red flag”, according to major guidelines for the NHS.
In addition, nurse managers must check staffing levels are safe on hospital wards where each registered nurse is caring for more than eight patients during day shifts.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has today published the final version of its much-anticipated guidance on safe staffing levels for acute inpatient wards – the first of a series covering a range of healthcare settings.

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NICE sets out guidance on safe nurse staffing levels for hospitals

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