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Doctor's Rounds

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 3/12/2014

Serious Impact for Patient Care

Leadership, management, culture and accountability are impacting on the quality of care provided by NHS Grampian and the potential for patient care and safety to be further compromised was overwhelmingly evident a report says. NHS Grampian has accepted the failings identified.

Nurse Shortage Endangering Stroke Victims

A new audit has found that whilst there has been progress in the care of stroke patients in the UK, there are still major shortages of both nurses and doctors. The audit shows that death rates are lower when stroke wards have higher numbers of nurses, and death rates for acutely ill patients are lower when there are more doctors available at nights and at weekends. In August a study by King’s College London found that units with three nurses per 10 beds for stroke patients saved an extra life for every 25 admissions, compared with those with half as many nurses.

More Training in 'Young People's Mental Health'

With ‘serious and deeply ingrained problems’ with mental health services for young people identified by a report for the Commons Health Select Committee last month there have been calls for GPs to receive better training in young people’s mental health. It is estimated that one in ten children aged five to 16 suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder — including GAD —which equates to three children per class.

Increase GP Spend Save NHS Purse Long-term

A growing and ageing population, with multiple long-term conditions has increased the demand for GP services and the demand will keep increasing, but despite this, the level of investment in general practice has been reduced over the last decade, with the family doctor service conducting 90% of all NHS patient contacts with just 8.3% of the NHS budget.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) says that because GPs are generalists and can provide a preventive role as well as being able to treat the person as a whole and not just specific conditions, increased government spending on general practice could lead to a saving of up to £1.9bn to the NHS across the UK by 2020.

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