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This is a disgrace and should never occurred.

However, and this does not excuse the deplorable situation, should not the intended recipients have queried why the written responses had not been received.

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The error emerged when a practice received a year-old letter.

HEALTH chiefs are investigating whether patients died or came to harm after a backlog of 22,000 letters went undelivered for up to six years.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said the follow-up notes should have been sent to GPs and other departments from 2011 to 2017.

 There was a 22,000 letter backlog over a period of six years
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There was a 22,000 letter backlog over a period of six years

But some staff were unaware they had to click two onscreen buttons to send the messages, meaning they were never dispatched.

The letters were written following hospital outpatient appointments, outlining the treatment or tests the patient had received or the follow-up care they needed.

A number of patients are since thought to have died but it is not known if this was as a result of the blunder.

Affected patients will be contacted by the trust and a review is under…

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EXCLUSIVE: Suzy Elneil, based at University College London Hospital, is one of just a handful of surgeons trained to remove mesh from women, such as Julie Gilsenan, 41 (pictured).

Source: Leading surgeons blast scandal-hit vaginal mesh procedure | Daily Mail Online


It was interesting to watch the sudden spike of interest in social care during the general election campaign. The public debate was welcome, but now the dust has settled what action has actually been taken?

The fallout from the “dementia tax” made it appear as though, for once, social care was being given the same level of priority as the NHS. People were calling for its protection as forcefully as they do our health service.

Since then, a Care Quality Commission report revealed that nearly a fifth of adult social care services have been rated as inadequate or requiring improvement and public sector cuts are thought to be behind a sudden stall in life expectancy. Yet neither of these stories has earned the same degree of public scrutiny or government response as social care did before the election. The interest in social care risks looking like a one-off.

We’ve been promised a green paper, which must address issues such as long-term funding and care worker shortages. What it must not be is false hope, another document that talks about change but offers no real action.

My care home offers specialised services for those living with dementia, so addressing talk of a “dementia tax” is, for us, of particular importance. It’s a sad but true fact that people living with dementia face financial discrimination because of their condition. It is out of their control yet, unlike other diseases, isn’t covered by the NHS. Asking individuals and families to pay for dementia care themselves is unsustainable and wrong.

At the same time, it is only right that the government introduces a cap to keep social care costs down for everyone. A British baby born today can expect to live to 104 years old. The UK is woefully under-prepared for looking after our growing population in older age. Whether it’s scrapping plans for a dementia tax, implementing a sensible care cap or creating a unified health and social care sector, things have to change.

Attention must also be given to the extraordinary people who work in this sector. The team I work with at Anchor’s Cranlea care home in Newcastle are second to none. Despite challenging work, they show commitment, empathy and an ability to deliver the highest quality of care on a daily basis. As care workers, we should be receiving recognition from government, not more cuts that add further pressure.

Source: Now the election is over, politicians have sidelined social care again | Lynn Day | Social Care Network | The Guardian


A new recommendation from NICE (the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) seeks to improve autistic people’s experiences of GP services in England.

Source: NICE seeks to improve autistic people’s health and wellbeing – NAS


A soldier who lost his legs in Afghanistan will no longer get treatment in England – because he’s Scottish.

Callum Brown, 28, still endures horrific pain from injuries caused by a bomb blast six years ago.

But now the former soldier is to lose the treatment and medication he has relied on.

He said yesterday: “I am sitting here without my legs because I fought for this country.

“This is the ultimate slap in the face. I am still in shock and can barely get my head around it.”

Former lance corporal Callum, from Ayr, has been under the care of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The hospital, where he was treated when he was first airlifted home, has dedicated and specialised facilities for military casualties.

But on his last visit, he and wife Laura were stunned to be told he could no longer go there because he doesn’t live in England.

Callum fears the decision could even cost him his life because he will no longer have access to the specialist treatment available at the hospital.

e’ Former soldier lost his legs in Afghanistan but English hospital will no longer treat him because he’s Scottish – Daily Record


A fourfold increase in the number of disabled people forced to use a crowdfunding site to buy their chair undermines a basic tenet of the NHS, campaigners say

Source: Need a wheelchair? Pay for it yourself | Society | The Guardian


Healthcare provision to residents in care homes across England is often ‘erratic and inequitable’, a major three-year study led by the University of Her

Source: The NHS and care homes could work better together to deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare | Care Industry News


The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival. The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, looked at countries across the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. The US came bottom. It is the second time in a row that the UK has finished top. Three years ago, when the survey was last done, the UK was also number one. It comes despite the NHS being in the grip of the tightest financial squeeze in its history with lengthening waiting times. The good and the bad The NHS was praised for the safety of its care, the systems in place to prevent ill-health, such as vaccinations and screening, the speed at which people get help and that there was equitable access regardless of income. Only in one of the five themes looked at did the NHS perform poorly compared with the other nations – health outcomes. This covers general health of

Source: NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system | DisabledGo News and Blog


Report finds 80% fear they cannot provide timely, high-quality care to the growing numbers seeking help Mental health services are so overwhelmed by soaring demand that patients are facing long delays to access care, a powerful group of NHS mental health trust bosses have warned. Widespread shortages of specialist nurses and psychiatrists mean Theresa May’s pledge to tackle the “burning injustice of mental illness” is at risk according to chief executives and chairs from 37 of England’s 53 specialist mental health trusts. Their concerns are contained in a new report by NHS Providers, which represents almost all of England’s 240 NHS hospital, mental health and ambulance trusts. The report concludes that children, older people and people in a mental health crisis too often receive inadequate care for conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. “These concerns point to a growing gap between the government’s welcome ambition for the care of people with mental health needs

Source: NHS bosses warn of mental health crisis with long waits for treatment | DisabledGo News and Blog


At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by an admin blunder that meant thousands of patient records in England were left to pile up in a warehouse.

The number at risk is likely to rise, as only two thirds of the 700,000 notes found had been checked, officials said.

Cancer test results and child protection notes were among the documents that were missing.

The National Audit Office said there were serious questions to answer about the handling of the incident.

Its review of the issue looked at the role of the government and the company responsible for the mix-up, which is part-owned by the Department of Health.

The company, NHS Shared Business Services (SBS), was employed in the East Midlands, South West and north-west London to redirect mail for the health service.

It was meant to pass on documents that had either been incorrectly addressed or needed re-routing because the patient had moved to a new GP surgery.

But between 2011 and 2016 a backlog of 709,000 pieces of correspondence piled up in a NHS SBS warehouse.

‘Colossal’ blunder

 

 

Source: More than 1,700 patients at risk over NHS mail blunder | DisabledGo News and Blog

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