• 2017 adult inpatient survey

    21 June 2018

    Results from the 2017 inpatient survey, compared with results from surveys dating back to 2009, show gradual improvements in a number of areas. This includes patients’ perceptions of the quality of communication between themselves and medical professionals; the quality of information about operations or procedures; privacy when discussing their condition; quality of food; and cleanliness of their room or ward. The results also indicate that responses to some questions are less positive or have not improved over time. This includes patients’ perceptions of noise at night from other patients; emotional support from staff during their hospital stay; information on new medications prescribed while in hospital; and the quality of preparation and information for leaving hospital.

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  • Report on breast reconstruction in England

    20 June 2018

    A breast cancer charity is accusing CCGs of restricting access to breast reconstruction services for non-clinical reasons. The Breast Cancer Now report, based on a freedom of information request which received responses from around a quarter of CCGs, describes the CCG policies as “totally unacceptable” and ”not in the best interest of patients”. They include limiting the number of surgeries women are allowed, imposing a timeframe on their completion and denying “balancing surgery” to the unaffected breast to achieve symmetry with the reconstruction.

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  • Prime minister sets out five-year NHS funding plan

    20 June 2018

    The prime minister, Theresa May, has set out plans for a five-year funding settlement for the NHS, which will receive an increase of £20.5bn a year by the end of the period – an average 3.4% per year overall.

    The increase is intended to help the NHS recover lost ground and set the foundations for service improvements. It will be front-loaded with increases of 3.6% in the first two years, which means £4.1 billion extra next year.

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  • Overall patient experience scores: 2017 adult inpatient survey update

    20 June 2018

    NHS England has published the latest statistical information on patients’ experience of inpatient services in the NHS. This update includes results from the 2017 adult inpatient survey.

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  • System under strain: why demand pressures are more than a winter phenomenon

    19 June 2018

    A report from NHS Confederation shows that increases in demand for health care services are not restricted to particular parts of the service and specific times of the year. It describes ways in which increasing demand in one part of the system can affect the performance of other NHS services. It outlines how some NHS and social care providers have adapted their services to enable patients and service users to access care more efficiently.

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