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Long hospital waits in Wales ‘devastating’

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Patients suffering mental illness, intolerable pain and health deterioration Long waiting times for treatment in Wales are having a devastating effect on some patients and their families, it has been warned. The Board of Community Health Councils (CHCs) in Wales listened to patient experiences and found issues ranging from mental health problems and family breakdown to long-term reliance on pain killers. The report said current waiting time targets are not meaningful and are not providing assurance to the public nor driving sustained improvement. It added that the failure to meet targets has become an accepted norm click on link for…

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Being a patient is a “full-time job”, say researchers, because more people are likely to have multiple conditions

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Being a patient is a “full-time job”, say researchers, because more people are likely to have multiple conditions. The Academy of Medical Sciences said doctors were seeing a clustering of different physical and mental health conditions in a single patient never previously seen together before. It means people can end up battling heart disease, breathing problems, osteoarthritis and depression together. Researchers warned that the NHS and other health systems were not prepared. They added this was a global phenomenon and said that doctors and nurses were too often focused on a single condition. Read full article on BBC – www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43742029  …

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‘Non-urgent’ NHS ops delayed

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Hospitals are struggling to cope with winter pressures Tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures in England could be deferred until the end of the month because of winter pressures. See full story – https://www.healthinsurancedaily.com/health-insurance/product-area/pmi/article484479.ece

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‘Healthy’ life expectancy is just 63 years

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Improvements in full life expectancy are slowing Healthy life expectancy for men and women is only 63.1 years and 63.7 years, respectively, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The data shows men can expect to live 79.6% of their lives in good health. For women, the figure is smaller at 76.9% because of their longer full life expectancy. The figures show the biggest fall in healthy life expectancy in recent times. Healthy life expectancy among women has fallen by eight weeks, and by two weeks among men since last year. The ONS also said the improvements…

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NHS waits for cancer care and planned ops worsen

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Only one trust has hit all its targets over the past year NHS waiting times for cancer treatment, planned operations and A&E have worsened across the country. England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit one of their three key targets for 18 months. Scotland has hits its A&E target three times in the past year. The BBC analysed performance across the 135 hospital trusts in England and 26 health boards in the rest of the UK. Locally there is just one service in the whole of the UK – run by Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust – which has…

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NHS Improvement head urges MPs not to ‘demonise’ private healthcare

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Baroness Harding has refused to give up her private medical cover Baroness Dido Harding, who is set to become the new head of NHS Improvement, has told MPs that demonising private healthcare would be wrong, after refusing to give up her private health insurance. The former TalkTalk chief executive dismissed calls from MPs to relinquish her use of private healthcare when she becomes chair of the NHS’ financial regulator. According to the Independent, members of the Commons Health Select Committee plan to raise the issue with health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Asked if she thought it would send a positive message…

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