Doctors told to Skype and text to reduce number of missed appointments

Doctors told to Skype and text to tackle millions of missed appointments By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 09:05 GMT, 27 August 2012 | UPDATED: 09:08 GMT, 27 August 2012 One in 10 health appointments were missed last year, costing the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds and delaying treatment for other patients, figures suggest.

Cancer risk of patients who have to wait more than 48 hours to see their doctors

Cancer risk of patients who have to wait more than 48 hours to see their doctors Researchers believe that the ease of getting appointments with family doctors may play a crucial role in patients’ survival chances | UPDATED: 06:42 GMT, 10 August 2012 Patients who struggle to get an appointment with their GP within 48 hours are more at risk of being diagnosed with cancer too late, researchers claim.

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.

Mother, 37, left infertile after doctors misread smear tests TWICE leaving cervical cancer to grow

Mother, 37, left infertile after doctors misread TWO smear tests leaving her prey to cervical cancer Mrs Millward insisted on another smear test seven months earlier than her appointment, saving her own life according to a medical expert | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 9 July 2012 A mother who developed cervical cancer and was left infertile after her smear test results were misread twice has been awarded 50,000 compensation.

Toddler with a broken knee is sent home and told his injury is "psychological" in a hospital blunder

Toddler with a broken knee is sent home and told his injury is 'psychological' in a hospital blunderExperts diagnosed Archie Eldridge, 2, with hairline fracture, only for fracture clinic to remove case and say injury was 'psychological'Youngster walked for two weeks on knee injury before it was finally spotted | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 20 June 2012 Agony: Archie Eldridge struggled to walk on his broken right knee after doctors misdiagnosed his injury last month A two-year-old boy who broke his knee in an agonising gymnastics accident was forced to walk on the untreated injury for two weeks because doctors dismissed it as 'psychological'.

Doctors" strike: GPs will still be paid as 1.25m appointments are cancelled

Doctors will still be paid 430 on the day they strike as 1.25m appointments are cancelledAt least 40 per cent of doctors expected to strikeDispute is over doctors receiving a pension of 68,000At least nine of the 50 primary care trusts in England won't cut GPs' payThey include Buckingham and Oxfordshire, Bristol, Berkshire, DerbyshireNHS Stockport said it would find it too difficult to calculate any deductions | UPDATED: 06:41 GMT, 19 June 2012 Thousands of family doctors will be paid despite striking on Thursday.

Nine in ten GP surgeries arent open long enough: Patient groups warn that thousands of clinics are just working office hours

Nine in ten GP surgeries aren’t open long enough: Patient groups warn that thousands of clinics are ‘just working office hours’ | UPDATED: 03:36 GMT, 8 June 2012 More than nine in ten GP surgeries are failing patients on their opening hours, figures show.

Pension reforms: Doctors vote to strike on June 21

Doctors vote to strike over pensions as patients are warned to expect avalanche of cancelled appointments and operations Strike date of June 21 setThousands of GP appointments and hospital operations will be cancelledDoctors will only undertake duties that cannot safely be postponedGPs voted by 13,837 to 3,687 to take action short of a strike and by 11,062 to 6,426 in favour of strikesIndustrial action will be first time doctors have gone on strike since 1975104,000 doctors across the UK were balloted and there was a 50 per cent turnout | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 30 May 2012 Doctors have voted in favour of taking industrial action for the first time in almost 40 years.