Coronavirus: ‘Eyesight of thousands at risk due to missed care’

  Coronavirus: 'Eyesight of thousands at risk due to missed care' GETTY IMAGES At least 10,000 people are at risk of suffering irreversible damage to their sight because of missed care during lockdown, experts say. Only 10% of the most urgent procedures are going ahead and fears about coronavirus mean many of those patients are not attending their appointments. Specialists warn that a surge in the number of people with sight loss could become "another cost of the pandemic". NHS England said people should seek [...]

Tenth patient dies as UK coronavirus cases hit 590

Tenth patient dies as UK coronavirus cases hit 590. A tenth person has died from coronavirus in the UK The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has reached 590 - up 134 in the last 24 hours. Two more patients have died in London hospitals since Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of UK deaths to 10, NHS England said. The increase of confirmed cases by 134 - 29% - is the largest day-on-day increase since the outbreak [...]

Every major A&E misses wait target for first time

Every major A&E misses wait target for first time. GETTY IMAGES Every major A&E unit in England has failed to hit its four-hour waiting time target for the first time ever, NHS figures show. All 118 units fell below the 95% threshold in November as the NHS posted its worst performance since targets were introduced over a decade ago. Alongside the growing waits in A&E, the data showed there were record delays finding beds for the sickest patients. The numbers on waiting lists for [...]

GPs alarmed over NHS plans to allow chemists to dispense statins

GPs alarmed over NHS plans to allow chemists to dispense statins. People with high cholesterol could be diagnosed and given drugs without a prescription  The Royal College of GPs voiced alarm at the proposed change, saying it could lead to people being misdiagnosed and wrongly treated by pharmacists. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Patients with high cholesterol could be diagnosed and given statins by pharmacists for the first time under NHS plans to cut the number of people dying from heart attacks and strokes. If approved, [...]

Bullied NHS Highland staff could get payouts

Bullied NHS Highland staff could get payouts GETTY IMAGES A review suggested hundreds of people may have been affected by bullying at NHS Highland Health care workers affected by bullying could be given compensation, NHS Highland bosses have said. Potentially hundreds of people have experienced bullying at the health board, an independent review suggested earlier this year. NHS Highland has a draft action plan to address problems indentified by the review led by John Sturrock QC. Appearing in front of Holyrood's health and sport committee, [...]