Performance and activity statistics released by NHS England reveal an expected trend of increasing demand for NHS services, and some targets missed. Briefly, over the year up to June 2015:
- Ambulance calls-outs increased by 7%.
- A&E attendances increased by 1.1%.
- Emergency admissions increased by 2.7%.
- Diagnostic tests increased by 5.8%.
- Consultant-led treatments increased by 5.1%.
- Two out of the eight targets for cancer treatment were missed.
NHS England plans to use these performance monitoring statistics to organise improved services for the benefit of patients.
Gallagher, J. (2015). Demand soars across the NHS in England. London: BBC Health News, August 13th 2015.
NHS England publishes new monthly data. London: NHS England, August 13th 2015.
This relates to:
Combined performance summary, June 2015. London: NHS England, August 13th 2015.
88.7% of patients were dealt with in four hours during January 2016:
Triggle, N. (2016). A&E delays ‘reach record levels’. London: BBC Health News, March 10th 2016.
Obesity the New Smoking?: News on the Prevalence and Costs of Diabetes
Diabetes UK, using NHS data, has raised the alarm that the number of people with diabetes has increased by nearly 60% over the last decade. Type 2 diabetes (which is related to obesity) accounts for 90% of cases. Diabetes accounts for around £10 billion of NHS spending in the UK per year; 80% being spent on managing complications.
Gallagher, J. (2015). Diabetes cases soar by 60% in past decade. London: BBC Health News, August 17th 2015.
Diabetes drugs take 10% (£869 million) of the NHS drugs bill, according to HSCIC data:
Diabetes uses 10% of NHS drugs bill. London: BBC Health News, August 12th 2015.
Diabetes Prevention Programme: CCG Bids Invited
NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have invited CCGs to register an interest in becoming first wave sites for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in 2016.
Re: Expressions of interest to be first wave sites for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. London: Public Health England, NHS England and Diabetes UK, August 2015.