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A new report by the King’s Fund has revealed the unseen impact on patient care of financial cuts and other pressures in four service areas, suggesting more investment in community and public health services is required to fulfil the vision set out in the Five Year Forward View. Do you think the NHS is being too ambitious with its transformation plans?
Only a third of MPs believe emergency departments have sufficient resources to keep patients safe, a new poll carried out by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has revealed. Do you think the current staff and funding levels across the NHS is leading towards a patient safety crisis?
More than 500 patients may have suffered serious harm due to NHS Shared Business Services’ failure to deliver 500,000 documents sent between hospitals and GPs, including test results and letters, health secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament this week. Do you think the government was right not to make the patient correspondence issue public last year?
NHS providers have warned they are experiencing one of the toughest winters on record, with record demand causing both higher than expected spending and reduced income from elective work, leaving them with a third-quarter year-end deficit of £886 million against a target deficit of £580 million. Do you think CCGs are supporting struggling trusts adequately?
The NHS will not have enough money to fund the sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) it has been asked to design as a way of improving the health service, according to an analysis by the BMA. Do you think STPs will achieve the structural changes within the NHS with no increase in budget?
Details of the new GP contract negotiated by the GPC have been released with the scrapping of the unplanned admissions enhanced service with funds being added directly to the global sum. A number of other changes have been made. Do you feel that this new contract will offer much needed respite to practices?
A world-first nationally-funded service to support general practitioners and GP trainees suffering mental ill-health and addiction has been launched this week. Would you feel confident to use the new NHS GP Health Service if needed?
There are too few nurses caring for patients, which puts people at serious risk, and drastic action is needed to rebuild the nursing workforce, the RCN's chief executive has said in response to the publication of data analysed by the Health Service Journal which found that 96% of hospitals have failed to meet their own planned level for registered nurses. Do you think healthcare assistants have a role in addressing nurse shortages?

Do you think “super-hubs” of general practice will improve patient care? (See OnMedica News 21/03)

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