Tag: "trusts" at medical news
Happier hospitals means healthier patients
...expectations for the service, but allow individual trusts
to develop their own metrics. Chief Executives should stop moving from trust to trust and where they do move, should ensure a succession plan is in place to conserve productive relationships rather than destroy them. Commissioners and provid...
Referral management schemes damage patients' interests
... What is more alarming is that some primary care trusts
now deliberately delay outpatient appointments, refusing to fund routine paper referrals seen within eight weeks of the date of the referral letter. In contrast, patients who can be booked into clinics directly through the Choose and Book electronic ...
New agreement questions NHS relation with industry
...is provides a template that can be used by all NHS trusts
for any clinical trial, without modification. But before embracing this agreement with open arms, we should examine what it actually says and what the deeper implications might be, warns Professor Michael Goodyear of Dalhousie University, Canada. ...
Needs of families with disabled children remain largely unmet
...rt term breaks from caring. How can primary care trusts
respond to these issues, ask the authors? They c... are available in their local area. Primary care trusts
can also promote strong multiagency working and commissioning of services for disabled children. The...
Doctors working overseas face having licenses removed
...nd to spot problems that primary care and hospital trusts
might miss. The system would also provide greater transparency for doctors getting back into UK practice, he writes. All this would benefit the doctors concerned, be helpful to potential employers and - most importantly - protect the public by ensu...
New study reveals postcode lottery for rheumatoid arthritis treatment
...ha (TNF) therapy for RA in 2002, many primary care trusts
are refusing to fund it adequately or are putting ...sts are calling on the Government and primary care trusts
to end the unofficial postcode lottery and ensure that every patient who meets the NICE criteria can...
Doctors must debate hospital closures
...arly want to be near. This presents a dilemma for trusts
seeking to maintain a lower level of service, for example by substituting a midwife led birth unit for a consultant led obstetric service. Such units only accept "low risk" births, but emergencies inevitably occur, requiring transit to the nearest co...
Frontline NHS staff should be trained to tackle alcohol misuse
...rom primary care trusts. Funding by primary care trusts
for alcohol services could be well used in hospita... a recent review found that only 21 acute hospital trusts
in England had an alcohol health worker. If all frontline staff had basic knowledge about the soci...
NICE gives backing for the use of advanced biological therapies to treat severe psoriasis
...gic therapies" adding that "the onus is now on NHS trusts
to take note of this recent recommendation and ensure that the necessary funding is in place to allow patients access to these much-needed therapies." This latest NICE guidance should now ensure that for adult patients with severe plaque psoriasis, ...
Obese patients should not be discriminated against for treatment
... policy of UK National Health Service primary-care trusts
there in November, 2005. In America obese people are finding similar attitudes among surgeons: some refuse to operate on them at all; some insist they lose weight first. The Lancet comments: "Denying a service to a consumer may be an appropriate, if...
Tomorrow's medical researchers to be nurtured in Manchester
...inical career with research. Universities and NHS trusts
across England and Wales then submitted applications to run a total of 224 research programmes over 5 years to support ACFs, with the Clinical Academic Careers Panel - made up of eminent medical and dental academics - meeting in February to consider ...
Have targets improved performance in the English NHS?
The star rating system for English NHS trusts
seems to have improved performance, but systems ne...al performance ratings have been published for NHS trusts
in England since 2001. This process of naming and shaming gave each trust a rating from zero to thre...
48 hour access target for UK sexual health clinics impossible
...alth, published in November 2004 But cash strapped trusts
are simply not ploughing enough money into sexual ...reach sexual health [clinics] as many primary care trusts
struggle with deficits and other priorities." They cite examples of numerous surveys, pointing to co...
Robust monitoring is crucial to patient choice
...er the new patient choice scheme, all primary care trusts
in England were obliged from January 2005 to offer patients a choice of providers for cataract surgery including NHS trusts, diagnostic and treatment centres, and independent sector providers from the UK and overseas. Following concern about variatio...
Denying joint replacements based on prejudice...and is false economy
A decision by NHS trusts
in Suffolk to deny replacement joints to obese patients seems to be based on prejudice or attribution of blame, argues a senior doctor in a letter to this week's BMJ. In fact, no evidence supports withholding joint replacement from obese people, even...
Should drugs for rare diseases be given special status in the NHS?
...me with no extra funding. The cost to primary care trusts
doubled from 3.2m to 6.7m, limiting budgets available to commission and develop other services. It is time to educate ourselves, policy makers, and the public, say the authors. "We need to learn how to make trade-offs between equity and efficiency th...
Meeting MRSA targets largely down to chance, says expert
... He therefore suggests that any attempt at ranking trusts
into a detailed league table of change would be "entirely spurious." He also shows that, since high or low rates are largely due to chance events that are unlikely to be repeated, rates in the subsequent year will tend to be closer to the overall ave...
African-American clinic patients' reactions to racism may affect their health outcomes
...or-patient relationship, including whether someone trusts
you enough to follow your recommendations." Moody-Ayers suggests that physicians can immediately begin to take steps to counteract perceived racism. "For instance, the doctor could ask patients, 'Are there any concerns that I need to know? Have any o...
Preventing chronic diseases - need for concerted action
... accept their societal responsibilities". The ESC trusts
that the recent progress in European policy for the prevention of CVD will mobilise key stakeholders on a national and pan European level. The recently voted Luxembourg Declaration (5), undersigned by high-level representatives of the Ministries of H...
Day surgery rates rising, but there is still room for improvement
... Day surgery rates varied considerably between NHS trusts
ranging from 40.2% to 82.7%, with only 12% of trusts
carrying out 75% or more of the 25 operations identified by the Audit Commission as day cases. The a...