Councils call for children’s surgery centre in Leeds to stay

The BBC has reported that a health watchdog representing 15 councils across the Yorkshire and Humber region has called for the children’s heart surgery unit in Leeds to remain open. The NHS is proposing changes to children’s cardiac surgery services, which could see the ending of operations at the Leeds unit. The councillors’ committee said […]

Do NHS targets result in poor treatment?

Martin Beckford (Health Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph) reported that, according to the Royal College of Surgeons, up to half of the very oldest patients undergoing some types of urgent operations die each year because of poor treatment. Elderly people needing emergency operations are being ignored “to the point of neglect” because hospitals care more […]

BBC report: Royal Brompton Hospital child heart unit closure ‘vandalism’

BBC reported: On the first day of what is expected to be a three-day hearing, Mr Maclean said the “Safe and Sustainable” consultation had led to a proposal to reduce the number of centres in London from three to two. The recommended options favoured keeping the Evelina Hospital, which is part of Guy’s and St […]

Royal Brompton Hospital respiratory unit ‘viable’

On 16/9/11 BBC news reported that the Royal Brompton Hospital respiratory unit ‘viable’ The children’s respiratory ward at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital could remain open if other crucial services are shut down, a report has found. An independent panel found the unit in Chelsea west London would still be viable in the absence of an […]

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 […]