Our health and social care correspondent analyses a new-look NHS and how changes to the health service affect you.
The NHS has had a hard year. The winter saw trusts under more pressure than ever, with many missing that crucial target of 95 per cent of patients seen, treated and discharged or admitted within four hours.
And it looks as if three-quarters of trusts will reach the end of this financial year in debt – cumulatively amounting to an expected £1bn.
So will there by any relief in tomorrow’s budget? I have spoken to a number of health economists and the general feeling is there’s not likely to be much.
A “catalogue of failures at almost every level” is linked to the death of three mothers and 16 babies at Furness General Hospital.
Although the inquiry looks only at Morecambe Bay, it is clear that many of the problems the families faced following the deaths of their babies are far from unique.
The story of Jimmy Savile’s offending in NHS hospitals is unusual to the point of being scarcely credible. That is the opening line from Kate Lampard’s report.
The advice before hormone replacement therapy is to weigh up the risks and the benefits – and the increased link between HRT and ovarian cancer is minimal.
Over the years I have reported on a number of cases in which whistleblowers have had their careers, reputations and lives blown apart because they have tried to do the right thing.
Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, looks at a 50-year-old woman who develops Alzheimer’s. Watching the film is a difficult experience for Wendy Mithcell, 58, who also has the disease.
If this winter has identified anything it is that the health and social care system is not working together as well as it should. Indeed, some less kindly souls might say it’s barely working
An NHS hospital has called in the Red Cross to help with what is rather pejoratively called bed blocking.
Christmas is an isolating time for those with dementia – which is why the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to become “dementia friends”.