Major hospitals have missed A&E targets every week for six months, warns Labour

Major hospitals have missed A&E targets EVERY WEEK for six months Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham claims some A&Es are only seeing 70% patients within four hoursThe target is to see 95% of patients in this time Warning comes after one hospital was forced to erect an emergency tent outside because of overcrowding By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 13:20 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:24 GMT, 3 April 2013 Andy Burnham says that across England major A&E units are failing to meet the target of seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours Many major hospitals have missed their national accident and emergency target every week for the last six months, it has been claimed.

Third of GPs have links to private health companies that could make millions from the Government"s health reforms

Third of GPs have links to private health companies that could make millions from the Government's health reformsStudy found 36 per cent have links with companies likely to do NHS workUnder reforms private firms are expected to carry out more work for NHSCritics have said there is a potential conflict of interest for such GPsLocal Clinical Commissioning Groups will decide what treatment is offered Fears they may be more inclined to offer contracts to associated companiesMPs and senior doctors have called for GPs in these roles to stand down By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:45 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:07 GMT, 14 March 2013 More than a third of GPs have links to private firms that stand to make millions treating NHS patients, figures show.

Epilim: Autism risk of drug taken by thousands of mums for epilepsy

Autism risk of drug taken by thousands of mums for epilepsy: Up to 17,500 children affected since 1973, researchers believeAs many as one in three children born to mothers taking Epilim affectedDrug taken by about 21,500 women of childbearing age to control seizuresFamilies campaigning for manufacturer to withdraw the drug By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:54 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 4 February 2013 Dangers: Researchers have warned as many as one in three children born to mothers taking Epilim have developed autism or behavioural problems (file picture) An epilepsy drug taken by thousands of women has been linked to learning disabilities in children.

A lonely death on the "care" pathway: MPs demand action after another patient is chosen to die without doctors telling family

A lonely death on the 'care' pathway: MPs demand action after another patient is chosen to die without doctors telling familyOlive Goom, 85, was put on the controversial Liverpool Care PathwayNo one was by her side after medics neglected to consult her familyMPs call for urgent review of the system designed to ease suffering | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 14 October 2012 An elderly woman died alone after doctors failed to tell relatives they were ending her life on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway.

Three week wait to see your GP as practices cut weekend and evening hours

Three-week wait to see your GP as practices cut weekend and evening hours Half of England’s PCTs reported a decrease in the number of GP surgeries offering care outside normal working hours last year | UPDATED: 16:24 GMT, 25 July 2012 Labour contacted 91 of England's 151 PCTs – 56% of them reported a decrease in the number of surgeries offering extended opening hours Patients are being forced to wait for as long as three weeks to see their GP after practices are reducing their evening and weekend appointments, Labour said.

Thousands could lose their sight as NHS cuts cataract surgery by a quarter

Thousands could lose their sight as NHS cuts cataract surgery by a quarter | UPDATED: 22:55 GMT, 15 July 2012 A vital intervention: Cataract surgery could be cut The eyesight of thousands of elderly people has been put in jeopardy as NHS trusts place harsh restrictions on cataract surgery.

Ministers were warned 18 months ago that reforms could damage NHS, reveals draft risk register

Ministers were warned 18 months ago that reforms could damage NHS, reveals draft risk report Health and Social Care bill expected to become statute today after 14 months of political wrangling | UPDATED: 11:51 GMT, 27 March 2012 Ministers were warned 18 months ago of the risk that NHS reforms could lead to a loss of financial control, reduced productivity, according to a leaked document published today.

NHS waiting times soar by 40% in one year since targets scrapped

Number waiting over four hours in casualty soars by 40% in one year since targets were scrappedNumbers waiting over four hours soared to nearly 900,000 in 2010/11 The number of patients spending more than four hours in casualty has jumped 40 per cent in a year.

PIP breast implants rupture in up to 1,000 women but Gov insists "no need for removal"

Breast implants rupture in up to 1,000 women but Government still insists there is no need to remove them Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has given clinics until Friday to submit full data on the implants French health minister Xavier Bertrand has ordered a full investigation into the ‘truly contaminated’ implants Dozens of clinics have now come forward to admit that breast implants they gave to women have ruptured – but the Government still insists there is no need to remove them en masse. At least 50 clinics have reported burst, perished and broken implants made by French firm PIP to the medical watchdog since Friday. The total number of women whose implants have ruptured is not known, but even conservative estimates suggest it could be as high as 1,000

Will Andrew Lansley"s 60-step NHS plan save 10,000 lives a year?

“Recipe for chaos”: Will Lansley”s 60-step NHS plan save 10,000 lives a year Sixty indicators to replace old target-led system Focus will be on improving cancer survival with a zero-tolerance approach to hospital infections such as MRSA Benchmarks: Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, wants NHS doctors and hospitals to be graded Andrew Lansley was yesterday accused of creating a ‘recipe for chaos’ after introducing more than 60 performance goals despite a previous promise to scrap targets. The Health Secretary unveiled a series of benchmarks – designed to save more than 10,000 lives, and that he claims will measure whether patient care is improving by covering a range of treatments across the NHS.