NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

The NHS could have avoided the crippling effects of the “relatively unsophisticated” WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May with “basic IT security”, according to an independent investigation into the cyber-attack. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that 19,500 medical appointments were cancelled, computers … Continue reading NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

Lloyds Pharmacy to close 190 stores, blames government funding cuts

Cormac Tobin, managing director at LloydsPharmacy owner Celesio UK, said the closures were in response to “the dramatic funding and reimbursement cuts over the past 24 months”. “Community pharmacy needs to adapt to the changing requirements of patients and the NHS, indeed it … Continue reading Lloyds Pharmacy to close 190 stores, blames government funding cuts

Watchdog warns NHS patients being rushed out of hospital too quickly as readmission rates rise sharply

The number of patients in England being readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge has risen by nearly a quarter in the last four years, a watchdog has said. Figures compiled by Healthwatch suggest one in five of these … Continue reading Watchdog warns NHS patients being rushed out of hospital too quickly as readmission rates rise sharply

38 Degrees planning to compile a damning report that will be “impossible for Jeremy Hunt to ignore” about state of the NHS

The expert research needed for this report has already kicked off. And if enough of us chip in, we can make sure they scour every area in England. When it’s finished, here’s what we can do together: Get the damning report in front … Continue reading 38 Degrees planning to compile a damning report that will be “impossible for Jeremy Hunt to ignore” about state of the NHS

People recovering from surgery to spend up to two weeks in strangers’ spare bedrooms

The NHS will potentially trial a scheme which will send patients recovering from minor surgery to live in the spare bedrooms of local residents, with the NHS paying the hosts up to £1,000 a month to serve them three microwave … Continue reading People recovering from surgery to spend up to two weeks in strangers’ spare bedrooms

NHS junior doctor has long twitter tirade against Jeremy Hunt’s “cocky” tweet

The Skwawkbox have gleefully recorded a twitter thread written by a junior doctor in response to the “cocky” tweet of Jeremy Hunt. He gives many reasons for being upset by the Health Secretary, all backed up with reputable sources. For … Continue reading NHS junior doctor has long twitter tirade against Jeremy Hunt’s “cocky” tweet

Young doctor: “Morale in the NHS is low and the environment is toxic”

“I’ve friends in the corporate world and, yes, they’re overworked, but they get rewarded. We work hard too and what do I get? I get a lawsuit if I overwork and nobody comes to my rescue and says ‘she was … Continue reading Young doctor: “Morale in the NHS is low and the environment is toxic”

NHS charges “will deter ill people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.”

The system, designed to counter “health tourism”, requires medical staff to establish whether patients are eligible for state-funded healthcare before providing treatment. If they are not, patients must pay an upfront charge that is currently set at 150% of the … Continue reading NHS charges “will deter ill people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.”