Hospital Dr News

‘Winter pressures’ affect NHS all-year-round and next government must act

NHS patients endured one of the worst winters on record, with year-round crisis set to become the norm. A BMA analysis suggests that last winter was one...

Hospital bed occupancy rates hit record high as surgeons call for more beds

Hospital bed occupancy rates have hit a record high suggesting the NHS has too few beds to cope with growing demand. The is the view of the Royal Colleg...

Ageing population with care needs set to grow by 25% within a decade

The number of people aged over 65 years needing care could reach 2.8 million by 2025 in England and Wales, according to a study. This represents an incr...

NHS trusts put in strong last quarter performance to cut funding deficit in England

The year-end deficit for NHS trusts in 2016/17 in England will be between £700m and £750m, according to NHS Providers. NHS Providers released an estim...

New standards launched by GMC to boost flexibility in doctors’ training

New standards to make postgraduate training more flexible for doctors have been launched. The standards, detailed in a new document Excellence by design...

Tory manifesto pledges on NHS funding criticised for inadequacy

The Tory manifesto pledge to increase NHS spending each year to £8bn a year extra by 2022 has been labelled inadequate by health experts. The Nuffield ...

Tories unveil manifesto pledges on social care including £100k “capital floor”

The Tory Party has launched its manifesto a head of the General Election with its proposals for social care grabbing the headlines. The proposals involv...

Lack of focus on children in majority of STPs a “major cause for concern”

The majority of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) are failing to take into account the needs of children, the Royal College of Paediatr...

Doctor calls for support to unseat Jeremy Hunt in the General Election and save the NHS

Labour and Liberal Democrat activists have united with the Green Party with the aim of unseating Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the General Election. H...

Labour promises additional £37bn for NHS in England and improved IT systems

Labour says it will spend an extra £37bn on the NHS in England over the next five years if it wins power. The investment, including £10bn on upgrading...

Nurses want a strike ballot as new figures reveal severe nursing shortages

Nurses have voted overwhelmingly to support a ballot for strike action in protest at low pay rises, as figures reveal growing staff shortages. The Royal...