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NHS is getting desperate as winter nears 6 October 2017 As the NHS careers towards winter, signs of desperation can be seen across the country. Since the summer, at least six hospital trusts and two ambulance services  have been dealing with allegations of bullying. Two chief executives have been forced out for failing to hit the A&E target. More might follow. Local government is getting another beating over the growing problems around moving older people out of hospital after treatment. The Health Service Journal says the Department of Health is threatening to direct how social care funding is used at councils with the worst records for delaying transfers of care. The bed days lost each month to delayed transfers hover close to 200,000. Most are caused by the NHS, although social care’s total has been growing faster. Hospitals have entire wards of people trying to get home. Lest any chief executives might have forgotten that A&E is a priority, recently appointed chief inspector of hospitals, Prof Ted Baker, has sent everyone a handy guide on what they should be doing. It is important to “know whether each patient has a serious problem”, apparently. More helpfully, Baker also stresses the importance of empathetic leadership and managing staff wellbeing. But does that mean a consultant in A&E who breaches the four-hour wait target after sending exhausted staff home will be supported, or will their chief executive be put in front of the next NHS Improvement firing squad? Read the full article at the Guardian Healthcare Network __________________________________________________________________
Richard Vize Public Policy Media Ltd
LATEST ARTICLES
CV
NHS is getting desperate as winter nears 6 October 2017 As the NHS careers towards winter, signs of desperation can be seen across the country. Since the summer, at least six hospital trusts and two ambulance services have been dealing with allegations of bullying. Two chief executives have been forced out for failing to hit the A&E target. More might follow. Local government is getting another beating over the growing problems around moving older people out of hospital after treatment. The Health Service Journal says the Department of Health is threatening to direct how social care funding is used at councils with the worst records for delaying transfers of care. The bed days lost each month to delayed transfers hover close to 200,000. Most are caused by the NHS, although social care’s total has been growing faster. Hospitals have entire wards of people trying to get home. Lest any chief executives might have forgotten that A&E is a priority, recently appointed chief inspector of hospitals, Prof Ted Baker, has sent everyone a handy guide on what they should be doing. It is important to “know whether each patient has a serious problem”, apparently. More helpfully, Baker also stresses the importance of empathetic leadership and managing staff wellbeing. But does that mean a consultant in A&E who breaches the four-hour wait target after sending exhausted staff home will be supported, or will their chief executive be put in front of the next NHS Improvement firing squad? Read the full article at the Guardian Healthcare Network __________________________________________________________________