Hundreds of GP"s surgeries "are too cramped and not fit for purpose"

Hundreds of GP’s surgeries ‘are too cramped and not fit for purpose’ Some found to have inadequate heating and insufficient easy-access facilities for elderly or disabled patientsKings Fund report said 'major' improvements were needed to cope with higher patient numbers | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 6 December 2012 Hundreds of doctors’ surgeries are too cramped and ‘not fit for purpose’, a report warns.

NHS sends confidential patient letters to be typed by cheap secretarial agencies in India

NHS sends confidential patient letters to be typed by cheap secretarial agencies in India A series of London-area hospitals has admitted using cheap secretarial agencies in India | UPDATED: 15:54 GMT, 10 September 2012 The NHS is sending confidential letters about patients to India to be typed, it emerged today.

NHS trust fined record 325,000 for auctioning off computer hard drives filled with HIV patients" details online

NHS trust fined record 325,000 for auctioning off online computer hard drives filled with HIV patients' detailsIndividual working for IT provider removed at least 252 of the approximate 1,000 hard drives he was supposed to destroy from Brighton General Hospital in 2010Personal data belonging to tens of thousands of patients and staff was then sold on auction website | UPDATED: 15:29 GMT, 1 June 2012 An NHS trust has been fined a record amount after it sold computer hard drives in an online auction without first removing confidential details about patients with HIV.

Do not rescuscitate orders "ignored" as doctors try to revive patients suffering cardiac arrest

Do not resuscitate orders 'ignored' as doctors try to revive patients suffering cardiac arrestOne in 52 who wanted to be allowed to die had their wishes ignoredA third of cardiac arrests could have been prevented Terminally ill patients resuscitated even though it was not in their best interestsAlmost half of patient assessments when they reached hospital were not good enough | UPDATED: 07:39 GMT, 1 June 2012 Doctors are ignoring ‘do not resuscitate’ orders and attempting to revive hospital patients suffering a cardiac arrest.

100,000 high-risk surgery patients suffer sub-standard care after treatment

100,000 high-risk surgery patients suffer sub-standard care after treatment As many as 100,000 high-risk patients undergoing surgery in NHS hospitals each year get sub-standard care, a study suggests. It says too many patients are sent back to general wards after surgery rather than being looked after in critical care, increasing their risk of death. Experts from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death believe a significant number of hospitals are not well equipped for dealing with surgical patients, whether they are high or low risk