How many people can you save by being an organ donor?

  • October 3, 2018
  • With almost 6,500 people on the organ transplant list and just 170 organ donations (a record number resulting in over 400 life-saving operations last year) the current English ‘opt-in’ organ donation register process is under constant review and challenge. As

    Waiting times for cancer treatment at ‘worst level ever’

  • September 24, 2018
  • Background When an urgent referral by a GP for a patient to start cancer treatment is made, the patient should start treatment within 62 days. However, as we reported in a recent blog article, a census report carried out by

    Delays in diagnosis of cancer attributed to shortage of pathologists

  • September 24, 2018
  • Background A census report carried out by the Royal College of Pathologists (RCP) has highlighted only 3% of NHS histopathology departments have sufficient levels of pathology staff. Histopathologists are doctors and scientists who diagnose and study diseases including cancer by

    Outdated technology leads to calls to “bring the NHS into the 21st century”

  • September 12, 2018
  • Background The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has outlined plans to update technology across the NHS. The Health Secretary will announce a £200mn fund to help NHS trusts enhance systems so patient records can be stored safely. In 2017, a ransomware

    Many more maternity failings have been exposed

  • September 12, 2018
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, who are already under investigation for a number of failures, has now also been found to have failed patients in 60 separate cases.  The cases cover a 19 year period. An internal review is being

    54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital A&E department, over 6 month period, leads to inquiry

  • September 10, 2018
  • Background The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has commissioned an independent review into the operations of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, West Midlands. Having carried out an inspection in June this year the CQC raised concerns about the number of deaths

    Majority of heart failure cases being missed by GPs as ‘target culture’ blamed for new medical emergency

  • August 30, 2018
  • It has been reported that two thirds of cases of deadly heart failure are being missed by GPs as a result of the NHS “target culture”. A recent study concluded that of almost 100,000 NHS heart failure patients found the

    Sepsis Death Prompts Calls for Open and Accountable NHS Culture.

  • August 17, 2018
  • Background Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in 2015 over the tragic death of Jack Adcock, who died of sepsis at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011. Jack, who had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition, had

    Red Flags Revised for Cauda Equina Syndrome

  • August 17, 2018
  • What is cauda equina syndrome? Cauda equina syndrome is a rare and severe narrowing of the spinal canal usually caused by a prolapsed intervertebral disc. The bundle of delicate nerves in the lower back, known as the ‘cauda equina’ (horse’s

    Supporting Injury Prevention Day 2018

  • August 15, 2018
  • The background to Injury Prevention Day In the UK around 17,000 people die each year in accidents.  According to the World Health Organisation, every day more than 2000 children and teenagers die from an injury which could have been prevented.

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