16 January 2013
The Daily Mirror are today reporting that 3,000 NHS posts have been lost in a week.
Lessons must be learned from flu vaccine shortages as the country faces "significant outbreaks" for years to come, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Today's Guardian reports that doctors' leaders are facing a challenge from senior medics who claim they have been too quick to accept the government's NHS shakeup and should instead "mobilise" to thwart it.
An opinion piece by RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter voicing concern about NHS cuts and efficiency savings was published in the Observer on Boxing Day.
The number of people admitted to intensive care with flu has risen dramatically in the past week, according to new figures.
The snow is adding to the winter pressures on the NHS, causing staff shortages, record calls to ambulance services and dwindling blood supplies.
Many NHS patients are being denied routine treatment as Trusts cut back on surgery, scans and other procedures in order to save money, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The Independent reports that the NHS is preparing for one of its toughest winters in recent memory with pressure on beds from winter viruses, staff cuts and icy weather as it prepares to make unprecedented efficiency savings.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a survey for members on the future of adult social care services.
The national media has today covered Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's announcement that NHS reforms would go ahead, in the Government’s response to the consultation on the Health White Paper. The plans include clinical consortia commissioning, scrapping of Primary Care Trusts by 2014 and fines for any hospital with mixed-sex accommodation from April 2011.