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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust spending over £200,000 on taxis for patients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the biggest spenders on taxis for patients in the NHS, according to new figures. In the year 2014-15 it spent £211,892 on transporting patients by taxi.

It is one of several trusts across the country to spend more than £200,000 on taxis.

Patients are transferred by private taxi when they are too ill, frail or unable to travel to and from appointments by themselves.

A taxi may be paid for by the NHS if there is a shortage of patient transport services at the hospital, including ambulances or car drivers.

The Patients Association has criticised the amount being spent by hospital trusts on taxis. It argues that hospital transport could be used more effectively without having to waste money on private taxis.

A spokesman from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said it saw around 1.5 million patients every year.

We have a contract with a patient transport provider who normally carries eligible patients with a medical need to and from the hospital. This is backed up by a contract taxi service to provide ad hoc transportation, including for some patients - this may be due to special circumstances or high demand on the usual patient transport vehicles.

– Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman

Hundreds of operations and appointments cancelled despite strike being called off

Hundreds of patients have had their operations and appointments cancelled despite a strike by junior doctors being called off.

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A temporary agreement reached between the government and doctors means three days of strikes are no longer going ahead as long as a final settlement can be agreed.

However, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says it has cancelled 80% of planned operations. The trust is rescheduling 100 elective procedures or operations - 30 inpatients and 70 day cases.

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust says it's cancelling a "very small" number of clinics (11% of appointments) and non-urgent procedures (7%).

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says 400 appointments and two operations have been cancelled and rescheduled.

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Over a third of hospital meals binned in York

A new report published today by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food shows that one in four hospital meals in are thrown in the bin in England meaning over 30 million meals are binned each year.

Over a third of hospital meals binned in York

The Harrogate and District Hospitals were the least wasteful, with just under 60,000 meals binned, while the York Teaching Hospitals Trust wasted over 430,000 meals. On average, 39 per cent of food in the York trust was thrown away.

MP meets Prime Minister over treatment for girl with rare kidney condition

The MP for Morley and Outwood, Andrea Jenkyns has met with the Prime Minister to discuss medical treatment for a girl from Wakefield with a rare kidney condition.

Andrea Jenkyns has met David Cameron to discuss NHS funding to treat a girl with a rare medical condition

Abi Longfellow's condition is considered too rare for NHS funding, but not rare enough to be an exceptional case.

12-year-old battling kidney disease set to meet NHS bosses

The family of a girl from Wakefield who's been denied a potentially life-saving drug will meet NHS bosses later today.

Abi Longfellow has been battling the illness for two years Credit: ITV News

Abi Longfellow's kidney condition is too rare for the NHS to routinely pay the £136,000 a year bill the drug manufacturer is demanding, but not rare enough to be funded as an 'exceptional case.'

Prime Minister 'moved' by Abi's letter pleading for life-saving drug

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The Prime Minister was moved by Abigael's letter and her bravery in the face of what is clearly a very difficult condition. It is absolutely right that children and their parents should ask for the very best from our NHS and the Prime Minister has asked NHS-England to urgently contact Abigael and her family to ensure they are absolutely clear on the clinical reasons for their decision. These decisions are rightly taken by clinical experts based on the best available evidence about the potential benefits of a particular treatment or drug. It is important those doctors look at the fullest possible evidence for drugs like Eculizumab and so the Prime Minister has asked both NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to further look at the guidance and procedures applied in Abigael’s case.

– Spokesperson for the Prime Minister
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