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Are under pressure doctors’ surgeries striking off the most vulnerable patients?

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Thousands of patients are being deregistered by their local doctors’ surgeries, due to a lack of GPs who cannot cope with rising demand.

This ‘recruitment crisis’ among GPs means that Britain is short of approximately 8000 family doctors, and surgeries have had no choice but to restrict their geographical care boundaries and deregister patients.

Many of the patients being deregistered are elderly, and have visited the same surgery all their lives. It has also been claimed that it is the most vulnerable or most ‘difficult’ patients that are being struck from registers. Read the rest of this entry

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Understaffing in Hospitals Pose a Danger to Patients

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recently warned that registered nurses’ workloads should not exceed more than eight patients at any one time, as patient safety will be at risk.

Nice spent several months examining evidence on the impact staff numbers have on the quality and safety of the care which patients receive.

This intervention will put more financial pressure on hospitals, many of which are already struggling. Campaigners believe at least 20,o00 extra nurses are needed across the country, at a cost of £700m.

Until now, government ministers have refused calls for the NHS to introduce minimum staffing levels, due to worries about costs.

In one serious case, a previous official inquiry found that understaffing at Stafford hospital due to cost-cutting by the trust, directly contributed to “appalling care”, including patients dying and suffering serious harm. Read the rest of this entry