We all know that there is a severe case of low morale afflicting NHS staff. Nurses are among those particularly affected. After the pay cap of recent years they have been left reeling from the drop in wages as well as all the negative press and attitudes that they endure.
With Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget having been delivered last week it has by now been digested and pored over at length.
With Brexit still on our minds and questions continuing to swirl as to the fate of the EU nationals, working not just for the NHS but all over the country, our thoughts have turned to the sheer numbers involved.
A study from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has highlighted how confusion and administrative errors are resulting in bodies being mixed up and being sent to the wrong funeral homes.
It is fair to say that many have reacted with surprise that Hammond is making extra any funds available to the NHS. Others are surprised that Hammond has not made more available.
Yes, Chancellor Philip Hammond offered the NHS a good increase on the amount that had previously been planned for the budget.
The NHS is admitting an increasing number of patients while working with a shrinking spending budget compared to rising costs. Despite the greater challenges faced by the service it is making productivity improvements.
With the budget having been announced last week there has come a sense of relief that NHS coffers are about to be topped up. While an all-out increase to meet the demands of NHS England boss, Simon Stevens, had been ruled out by Chancellor Philip Hammond, an increase has been offered by his autumn budget.
Last week we took a good look at findings from a Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) report, commissioned by Bupa. The report picks apart how the increases in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) for Health Insurance in recent years has impacted the public health sector.
According to a report from Beat, a charity that works with people suffering from anorexia and bulimia, delays to receiving attention on the NHS is jeopardising patient recovery.