Job Losses Announced

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has started a 45-day consultation with staff about potential job losses of some 260 posts across the hospitals that it runs.

The action comes as the NHS Foundation Managers need to drop an estimated £32 million from their spending. The full story and some additional background can be found in this BBC article.

As we mentioned in previous posts, the number of potential job losses within the NHS seems to be on the rise again.


NHS Waiting Times – Are they getting worse?

More NHS Foundation Trusts are falling behind their Waiting Times target according to this article from the Guardian, where some 32 out of 88 hospital trusts are failing to treat accident patients within four hours of arrival in A&E.

NHS Hospitals have to meet a Government set target to treat 95 % of all patients visiting A&E within a four hour window. As part of its recent report on the figures Monitor – the regulator tasked with monitoring the semi-independent NHS foundation trusts, said that these figures reflect the fact that these hospitals are really struggling to deal with an ever-increasing numbers of patients attending A&E.

In a similar survey published last December (2012) the Quality Care Commission also commented…

“…that 33% of people spent more than four hours waiting for treatment in A&E, up from 27% in 2008. It also noted a large rise in the number of patients who had to wait more than 30 minutes before seeing a nurse or doctor.”

Clearly a trend in emerging. Let’s hope that the NHS can get on top of this issue soon, but with the many changes that are about to hit the NHS over the coming months we think it will be a tough task to see an early improvement.

Raw Data

Some of the raw data that went into the creation of these reports is available as Spreadsheets (Excel) for direct download from the Department of Health website. Once you arrive at this page, you will need to scroll down to December 2012 A&E Data, it is the last file in that listing (the file name is: 2012-13 Quarter 3 : – 13 weeks to w/e 30.12.2012 (Revised 28.02.2013). Click on the filename to open or download it.

New Page and Old data

NHS Watch had been monitoring Waiting Times on its previous website for quite some time and we will begin that task again in the next few days, you can see the initial information on our main NHS Waiting Times page.

We have also discovered that much of the old data which we published has been moved to the UK’s digital National Archives, we’ll provide some links to that data as well.


Away too long

I have been away from this Blog for too long and need to get back into this. Other business projects dragged me away(and still do).

Anyway, does anyone have any thoughts on how the NHS will be (if not already) affected by the trimming of the Budgets under the Collation Government and the plan to move the financial control from PCT’s to GP surgeries.

Please let me know by comments to this post or direct to info[@]nhswatch[dot]info.

Many thanks and hope to be back here soon with some of your feedback.

p.s. Seems that the blog suffered a bit of hacking which I have now cleaned up and corrected some of the links to other blogs. Quite a few seemed to have disappeared! I will have to search for some new ones to insert. Do blog about the NHS? Let me know and I’ll link to your blog