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A&E figures to be discussed in parliament

After £600,000 was spent on unnecessary visits to Accident and Emergency departments in Leicestershire in 2013, NHS director Sir Bruce Keogh will be giving evidence today (21 January) to MPs about how the departments are coping.

The news follows campaigns across the East Midlands in a bid to encourage people to think whether or nor they need emergency treatment.

A recent survey done by SAS revealed that over a quarter of 18 to 24 year olds stated they would rather got to A&E than wait for a doctors appointment.

Essential services secured by Staffordshire NHS

Health sector regulator Monitor has approved plans which secure essential services at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr David Bennett, Monitor Chief Executive, said:

"Making changes to local health care services is never easy, or necessarily popular with the general public.

Nevertheless it is absolutely essential that patients are able to access safe services today, tomorrow and well into the future.

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Hospital on 'Black Alert' over pressure on beds

Peterborough CIty Hospital says it's under pressure Credit: PA

The trust which runs Peterborough City Hospital says it is on black alert because of pressure on its beds.

It says there has been a high number of emergency cases and staff are dealing with more in-patients than usual.

The hospital is asking patients to only use its A&E department if it is really necessary and warns those with non-urgent problems will be in for a long wait.

Birmingham surgeon suspended over alleged 'branding'

Hospital bosses have not confirmed the nature of the allegations Credit: Ryan Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

A surgeon at a Birmingham hospital has been suspended over allegations he "branded" his initials on to a patient's liver.

It has been reported that the letters were found by a colleague during a routine operation.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed they are investigating claims made against a surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The surgeon has been suspended while an internal investigation is carried out.

In a statement, the Trust said: "Following an allegation of misconduct, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has suspended a surgeon while an internal investigation is completed".

Higher than expected death rates at four West Midlands hospitals

Four West Midlands NHS trusts are among 16 in England showing higher than expected death rates, according to a major report.

The hospitals include:

  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The guide, from health statistics firm Dr Foster, showed 16 hospital trusts had higher than expected death rates among patients in hospital, down from 20 the previous year.

But analysis showed 13 hospital trusts scored poorly on at least two out of four main indicators relating to patient death.

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