Acute hospitals

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For service reconfiguration read safety reconfiguration, says Dr Darren Kilroy

Healthcare has legion analogies. Aviation and supermarkets are two which come to mind. And, although there are parallels to be drawn and examples to be shared, you can only take the comparisons so far. Patients aren’t passengers; neither can we predict and control clinical demand in the way that one might approach the issue of … Continue reading

What are community services? asks Michael Scott

It is widely accepted that community services have a vital role to play in the future of the NHS. Barely a day goes by without some new piece of rhetoric declaring them to be ‘the only way forward’ and ‘the light at the end of a dark heath service tunnel’; acute services to be doomed. … Continue reading

The Francis report mustn’t be neglected, says Michelle Mitchell

The pace of the news cycle may already have made the Francis report feel like yesterday’s news or a flash in the pan. But nothing could be further from the truth. We know that the issues of poor, undignified care and neglect that prompted the report are the cause for sober reflection among many people … Continue reading

Reconfiguration rhetoric is a difficult political discourse, but no longer can we shy away from the conversation, says Dr Phillip Lee MP

In the wake of the Francis report and Mid-Staffordshire scandals, it has recently come to light that a further 14 trusts are under investigation due to unnecessary deaths and appalling mismanagement. There may be more. It is clear that our current system of healthcare regulation has failed. More importantly, this has meant that the NHS … Continue reading

Disruptive innovation is the pill to remedy care for older people, says Ian Philp

Delivering care for older people is a challenge which most health and care communities have failed to meet. In Warwickshire, we have had some success in delivering better and more sustainable care for older people across hospital and community settings. We have reduced mortality rates, acute hospital bed use, readmissions and the need for long-term … Continue reading

Hospitals must speak with a louder voice, says Dr Mark Newbold

Much has changed in the hospital sector in recent years. Hospitals are more open in the way they do business, regulation has increased significantly, access times have fallen dramatically, infrastructure has improved, patient satisfaction has increased, and we have become steadily busier. There has been a relentless rise in activity, which until recently has been … Continue reading


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