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NHS gaining managers but losing GPs

Last week, the Guardian published an article detailing how the NHS has gained around 4,000 managers in the last four years, ever since the government introduced a ‘bureaucracy-busting’ shake-up of the health service. This equates to an almost 18% increase in managers, according to official statistics. In 2013, the Health and Social Care Act came… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is the NHS missing cancer targets?

It was widely reported last week in a study carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support that the NHS have missed their cancer treatment targets for 3 years in a row. According to Macmillan, more cancer patients in England are facing delays for their treatment than three years ago, with 1 in 6 (17%) now waiting… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New Birth Injuries Compensation Scheme

It was widely reported this week that the Department of Health are introducing a new scheme aimed at ‘Safer Maternity Care’ (SMC), whereby parents whose children have suffered injury at birth may be able to settle their complaint through a compensation scheme, rather than pursuing a medical negligence claim. The stillbirth rate in the UK… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Worrying Times for Nursing in the NHS

According to a report by the BBC last week, experts are predicting that the current shortage of nurses in the UK will continue for years to come. In March 2016, the Institute for Employment Studies for the Migration Advisory Committee published a report on the nursing workforce, which cited ageing workforce, poor planning by government… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Baby Deaths Investigations Not Good Enough

The BBC has recently reported on an investigation carried out by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists into how problems during labour are investigated. The review concluded that there are too many poor quality investigations into babies who die or are severely brain damaged during labour. According to the report, more than 900 cases… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)


How many cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out in the UK? The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed a record number of adults in the UK underwent cosmetic surgery last year. BAAPS reported that there was a 13% spike in the number of procedures carried out in 2015, at 51,140 in total. Women… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)


There have been growing concerns in recent years about the availability and regulation of cosmetic procedures in the UK. In 2013 new proposals to regulate cosmetic procedures were discussed, with the Daily Mail reporting the need to “rein in cosmetic surgery cowboys”, and The Daily Telegraph warning that anti-wrinkle treatments are “a crisis waiting to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Private Treatment Putting Huge Strain on NHS

It was recently reported in the news that around 6,000 patients a year need NHS care after private treatment. Reporting on a document published by the British Medical Association last month, the Mirror stated that thousands of patients are having to be admitted to NHS hospitals after suffering from treatment that has gone wrong in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Learning lessons and providing better care in obstetrics

It’s a difficult time to being working in the world of obstetrics right now. There have been two recent reports in the press criticising the care that women in the UK receive during labour. Firstly, the BBC reported on research carried out by the University of Leicester in June 2015 with regard to still births…. Read the rest of this post (No Comments)