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The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action | NHS England


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Via NHS England, The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action: NHS England has today called on the public, NHS staff and politicians to have an open and honest debate about the future shape of the NHS in order to meet rising demand, introduce new technology and meet the expectations of its patients. This is set against a backdrop of flat funding which, if services continue to be delivered in the same way as now, will result in […]

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The Kings Fund guide to the NHS


Via the King’s Fund, An alternative guide to the new NHS in England:

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You too can lose weight fast with The Sherlock Diet!


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Apparently the UK faces an obesity crisis. Helpfully, as reported in the national news [1,2], I am annually weighed in public in High Wycombe. This year, I had lost weight thanks to The Sherlock Diet. Today, I have lost 10kg since Christmas, 8 of them in the last 10 weeks. I was significantly overweight with a Body Mass Index of 29, just 3 kg off obese. My wife, a GP, hinted fairly heavily that the trajectory of my health was […]

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Public meetings on Bucks hospitals with Sir Bruce Keogh


Next week, on 10 June, as part of NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh’s nationwide inquiry into mortality rates, a review team led by Regional and Medical Directors of NHS England will arrive to investigate Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The purpose of the visit is to examine why the Trust has high mortality rates and establish what can be done to improve the standard of care for patients. It is expected to last 2-3 days. Meetings to canvas opinion from […]

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Why not 24/7 quality care?


Via 82% more chance of dying in surgery at the weekend: Shock finding of report into NHS operations | Mail Online. Patients who undergo planned operations at the weekend rather than a Monday are 82 per cent more likely to die. Shocking findings show that death rates for elective procedures increase throughout the working week. This will add to mounting concern about NHS patients receiving poor care during ‘antisocial’ hours when consultants are off duty. See also The Telegraph’s spectacularly […]

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“And no more!” – triumph at my 4th weighing-in


As reported by The Telegraph and The Spectator, I’m publicly weighed every year in High Wycombe along with the Mayor and councillors. It’s an attempt to deter us from gaining weight at taxpayer expense. In each of 2011 and 2012, the cry was “And some more!”. After playing the panto villain in 2011, enough was enough by 2012 and, thanks to MyFitnessPal, Parliament’s gym, swimming and running across the Chilterns, this year’s triumphant result was “And no more!” In shock news, if you […]

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MPs meet Prof Sir Bruce Keogh to discuss his hospital mortality investigation


Earlier today, I chaired a meeting between Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of NHS England, and those MPs for areas served by hospitals subject to his review.  Bucks NHS Trust, which provides services at Wycombe hospital, is to be investigated. We had a constructive discussion of both the review and the situation in each area. It’s clear that the inclusion of at least one hospital for statistical reasons surprised local people. We learned that those statistics are complex […]

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NHS staff pay – updated


A further Parliamentary question on pay in the NHS locally. Compared to my previous question, 28 people earning over £50k are missing – I should have included “other” in the question. I’ll return to this subject later: Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) managerial and (c) clerical NHS staff in Buckinghamshire were paid more than (i) £50,000, (ii) £65,738 and (iii) £100,000 in the last year for which figures are available. […]

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Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust to be investigated by Sir Bruce Keogh


Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS Commissioning Board, has announced an investigation into death rates at Buckinghamshire NHS Trust hospitals. Sir Bruce has said “The purpose of my investigation is to assure patients, public and Parliament that these hospitals understand why they have a high mortality and have all the support they need to improve.” This is a good opportunity for Bucks NHS to be open and transparent so we can get to the bottom of what is […]

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PM statement on Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust


Yesterday, the Prime Minister made a statement on the inquiry into the appalling events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The Inquiry — whose report may be found here — must be made to have profound consequences for the NHS, all who work in it and all of us who require it to care for ourselves and our loved ones. I reproduce the statement in full below. Today, Robert Francis has published the report of the public inquiry into the […]

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