A regional breakdown of response times for ambulances across England.
One of the biggest problems is that hospitals can't take the patients ambulances bring to A&E fast enough as they are already chockablock.
Measures unveiled in wake of Mid-Staffs scandal
A psychiatric hospital has been named by the Health Secretary today as part of one of the NHS Trusts allegedly linked with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile.
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust said:
We can confirm we have been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names the Leavesden Secure Mental Hospital, for investigation.
Leavesden Hospital was run by one of our predecessor organisations and closed in 1995 but we will investigate the information we have received thoroughly and ensure that any appropriate actions are taken.
A lawyer specialising in abuse at the firm representing the 72 victims of Jimmy Savile said there were concerns that inquiries into other hospitals had only just started.
Liz Dux said all of the victims represented by Slater & Gordon had given detailed statements to Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into sexual abuse sparked by the Savile scandal.
Ms Dux said: "Whilst the victims of Savile would wish to ensure that the NHS inquiry is as comprehensive as possible, they have real concerns as to why the Department of Health has only just started its investigations into other hospitals now.
"The victims will be very upset about further delays into the NHS inquiry which will prolong their suffering."
One of the hospitals to be investigated over alleged links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile has said it will learn any lesson in the future, after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced more were to be reviewed.
A spokeswoman for Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust said:
We have been given information from the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which we will now thoroughly investigate. We will ensure that, if appropriate, any lessons are learnt for the future.
A further 19 hospitals, including seven in and around London, are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.
A spokesman for The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust responded, saying:
We have been passed information from 28 years ago by the Department of Health about Jimmy Saville. We have already carried out an initial investigation and we cannot find any evidence to date to support this information, or that Jimmy Saville has ever visited our hospital.
Detectives investigating cases of alleged abuse by Jimmy Savile at an initial 13 hospitals gleaned further information that patients at other facilities could have been targeted by the television presenter.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement:
The Metropolitan Police Service has completed its document review and transferred various material concerning Jimmy Savile and the NHS to the Department of Health.
The information has been passed on to the relevant hospital trust for further investigation as appropriate. Names of the hospitals are taken from the information received.
These include hospitals that may have closed in which case the information has been passed on to the legacy organisation.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt expects the results of investigations into hospitals' links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile will be delivered by June 2014.
Mr Hunt said in a written statement to Parliament that 19 more hospitals will be investigated by their relevant health trusts, but stressed that each investigation will be properly monitored.
The number of hospitals now being investigated totals 32.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a further 19 hospitals are to be investigated in relation to links with Jimmy Savile.
The hospitals to be investigated are:
- Barnet General Hospital
- Booth Hall Children's Hospital
- De La Pole Hospital
- Dryburn Hospital
- Hammersmith Hospital
- Leavesden Secure Mental Hospital
- Marsden Hospital
- Maudsley Hospital
- North Manchester General Hospital
- Odstock Hospital
- Pindersfields Hospital
- Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital
- Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead
- Royal Free Hospital, London
- Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle
- Seacroft Hospital, Leeds
- St Mary's Hospital, Carshalton
- Whitby Memorial Hospital
- Wythenshawe Hospital
A further 19 hospitals are to be investigated in relation to links with Jimmy Savile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.
The NHS watchdog in England is calling for a smoking ban to be extended to outside hospitals in the country.
“We need to end the terrible spectacle of people on drips in hospital gowns smoking outside hospital entrances,” said Mike Kelly, Director of Public Health at NICE.
Damon Green reports:
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also wants staff to be told not to help patients who want to light up and offer help to quit to any patient identified as a smoker.
Smoking shelters and other designated smoking areas should all be removed from hospital ground, the watchdog suggests.
Almost half of doctors do not think inquiries into NHS failings - such as at Mid Staffs - will have a positive impact on the way their hospital works.
Almost half also remain fearful of the personal consequences of raising concerns about poor patient care, a poll of 800 hospital doctors for the Medical Protection Society found.
Around a third admit to having witnessed poor patient care that they did not report but now wish they had (31%).
Asked why they did not report the incident, 67% worried that they would not be supported by management, 48% worried they would not be supported by their colleagues and 49% feared raising concerns would have an impact on their career.
Two-fifths of all doctors surveyed have "little or no confidence" that the recent inquiries into failings in healthcare will have a positive impact on the culture of their health trust.