2011 National Thoracic Surgery Activity and Outcomes Report

PRESS RELEASE: Huge increase in lung cancer surgery but still some way to go, says new audit The number of lung cancer patients benefiting from life-saving surgery has shot up by 60 per cent while the operative mortality rate has halved in recent years as a new generation of specialist lung surgeons start to come […]

New NHS Board will help patients ‘shop around’ for GPs

Jane Dreaper Health correspondent for BBC News reported: The new NHS Commissioning Board, which is at the heart of the government’s controversial NHS reforms in England, is due to start work. The board, which will at first operate in a shadow form, will aim to help patients “shop around” and compare GPs. It will take […]

Society’s elections

The Society seeks nominations for President -Elect (2012-2014) and Trustees (2012-2014). The current President Prof David Taggart will demit office in April 2012 and Mr James Roxburgh will take his place as President of the Society. It is therefore necessary to elect a new President-elect to be in office after the next Annual Business Meeting […]

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 […]

NHS reform Bill survives’ Lords vote

Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph reported: Amid deep concern in the medical profession and among many members of the public, some peers had tried to have the Health and Social Care Bill thrown out or subjected to detailed scrutiny that would have ruined the Government’s timetable. It is feared by opponents that […]

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”.