Patients with severe mental illness waiting two years for treatment

Patients with serious mental health problems are waiting up to two years for ‘vital’ treatment, according to the BMA. Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) were sent to 207 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and 54 mental health trusts in England. Of the 183 CCGs that responded,…...

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Private memory assessment clinic opens

A private memory assessment clinic for patients wanting to fast-track a dementia diagnosis has opened at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton. The new Memory Assessment Clinic (MAC) opened on 1 February and provides access to a fast diagnostic and assessment process for patients experiencing memory…...

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CQC consultation on regulating private services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking for stakeholder’s views on its plans to evolve its approach to regulating independent healthcare services in England in a bid to ‘ensure a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach’. In September last year the CQC was granted additional…...

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Phoenix Hospital Group acquires 25 Harley Street

Phoenix Hospital Group has acquired 25 Harley Street for an undisclosed sum, as part of its ongoing expansion. The new facility is a day clinic, offering a range of private healthcare and diagnostic services, including the latest x-ray technology, advanced Dexa scanning, an in-house pathology laboratory, phlebotomy,…...

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Consultation delays ACO introduction

Plans by NHS England (NHSE) to introduce Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) have been put on hold whilst a 12-week consultation looking at the contracting arrangements takes place. Members of the public and stakeholders will be invited to give their views on the proposal over the…...

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People with continuing healthcare needs disadvantaged by system

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that the care of people with continuing healthcare needs is ‘too often being compromised’ because they are not being made aware of NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding and are not being helped to navigate the ‘hugely complicated process’…...

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Preferred bidder named for private patient unit

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has named One Healthcare the preferred bidder to run its Coombe Wing, a suite for the provision of private patient services on site. The Trust plans to move the service into a new private hospital located within the main campus at…...

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Joint replacement centre opens at Bupa Cromwell Hospital

The Fortius Joint Replacement Centre has opened at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in a new partnership between Fortius Clinic and Bupa. The centre will provide hip and knee replacements using a new robotic technology that enables faster recovery times, smaller incisions and more accurate implant placements. Philip…...

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Spending gap putting pressure on mental health services

Mental health workers are under pressure as the spending gap between NHS mental health services and NHS acute hospitals widened last year, according to a report by The King’s Fund. The number of nurses has fallen 13% since 2009, with one in 10 specialist mental…...

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NHSPN reaffirms extra capacity as NHS winter crisis continues

The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) reaffirmed its offer to the NHS of additional capacity for 400,000 operations and tests as NHS England revealed record numbers of patients were facing long waits in A&E. Figures for December showed that 85.1% of A&E patients were seen within…...

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