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GP referrals down by 4.7%

On 14/9/11, Mike Broad reported that DoH statistics suggest that GP referrals are down 4.7% this year. These referrals had shown a 3.5% increase at the same stage last year. The data also shows that first outpatient attendances have also declined (by 2.7% compared to the same period last year), and there has been a […]

Andrew Lansley’s speech at the Society Meeting

On Monday 21 March 2011, the Health Secretary Rt Hon. Andrew Lansley gave a speech at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Great Britain and Ireland. Mr Graham Cooper, the Society’s Secretary, presented the new publiaction entitled: “Maintaining Patients’ Trust: Modern Medical Professionalism 2011”.

True extent of NHS job cuts revealed

In response to a series of Freedom of Information requests, officials confirmed that 53,150 posts are due to be lost across 155 hospital trusts, 126 primary care trusts, 23 ambulance trusts and 54 mental health trusts in England, as well as 15 Scottish trusts, nine Welsh trusts and six trusts in Northern Ireland. Nearly every […]

EWTD – letter to Chief Executives June 2009

The planned introduction of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in 2009 and changes to training as a result of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) have raised questions about service delivery within the NHS. Cardiac surgery has always been very dependent on “middle grade” surgical trainees for service provision both in theatre and in providing resident […]