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Mortality rate for Hospitals in Buckinghamshire improving


The recent publication of the Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide 2013 showed that the mortality rate for hospitals in Buckinghamshire has continued to improve over the last year. The Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate is now in the ‘as expected range’ for the first time in recent years. The Guide looks at a number of different indicators to build up a picture of the quality and safety of a hospital’s services. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has improved in a number of […]

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A Guided Tour of the New NHS


This week saw the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Health Group’s latest publication: A Guided Tour of the New NHS. From the preface: The Health and Social Care Act introduced a localised clinician-led commissioning structure, a greater role for local authorities in public health and Health and Wellbeing Boards, and the creation of various new national bodies. Yet there remain serious challenges which the system and its new leaders must grapple with: a tight financial environment; pressure from growing demand; a […]

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A Call to Action by the NHS: 21 Nov at 6.30pm at Hamilton School


Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting Thursday, 21st November at 6.30pm at Hamilton School, Hampden Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SX The NHS is built on the concept of quality care for patients, free at the point of use, paid for through taxation. Medical advances and increased patient numbers now mean these principles are under increasing pressure. Although the Government has increased NHS funding by 1% a year patients, quite rightly, also have rising expectations. This is why NHS England is […]

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Calling for a white paper on emergency and out-of-hours health care


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Yesterday in the Commons, I asked the Health Secretary the bring forward a white paper on A&E and out-of-hours care: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): The A and E crisis in Wycombe results from the closure of the department under the previous Government. Although I would love to lay the blame squarely on Labour, is not the truth that, over the life of the NHS, clinical practice and management have changed substantially? Will my right hon. Friend consider producing a White […]

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Bucks Health Select Committee today


Today, Bucks County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee heard evidence on the progress of the recent Better Healthcare in Bucks changes. I published my written submission here. As I explained at the meeting, I want three big changes: An injection of realism into the debate. I quoted remarks by the Medical Director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, in The Evidence Base from the Urgent and Emergency Care Review (PDF). He said: Twenty years ago most A&E departments could […]

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