Antibiotics More Likely to be Mis-Prescribed in the Afternoon
A new report claims that weary doctors are more likely to wrongly prescribed in the afternoon that at other times of the day. The research found that the “cumulative demand” of making dozens of decisions was taking its toll later in the day, and by late afternoon, doctors were much more likely to prescribe antibiotics… View Article
Concerns Raised over State of NHS Cancer Services
According to a leading UK cancer charity, cancer services in the NHS are struggling to cope with an increase in demand and cuts in funding, and require urgent investment. Cancer Research’s report highlighted several issues including a spiralling demand, restricted budgets, lack of leadership and services being increasingly fragmented over different bodies. The report comes… View Article
Could Paper Records be Causing Thousands of Patient Deaths?
Paper charts used by nurses in NHS hospitals to monitor patients’ condition could be contributing to the deaths of thousands of patients in the United Kingdom every year, if a new report is to be believed. A study published by the British Medical Journal showed that in two large hospitals, death rates fell by over… View Article
Is the NHS at Breaking Point?
The British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of Nursing and five other Royal Colleges have got together to write an open letter warning about the state of the NHS. According to the writers of the letter, the NHS is “buckling” under strain and its very “founding principles” are at risk. The BMA and the… View Article
Failing Care for Elderly Patients on Discharge
Senior doctors have warned that thousands of elderly patients are discharged from hospital without proper arrangements having been made for the ongoing care they will need at home. A survey of over 200 leading UK surgeons found that only 25% of them thought that there were adequate systems to ensure proper home support for vulnerable… View Article