Category Archives: hospital

New BBC series shows the increasing difficulties in caring for older people

Protecting our Parents reveals multiple issues with the fragmented systems of health and social care


A new programme will ask how we are going to care for older people as numbers continue to rise.


Time – or rather money – is running out for 83-year-old Betty in the temporary care home placement where she’s spent a few weeks recuperating after a fall.

This resulted in her being admitted to Heartlands hospital in Birmingham, but she now urgently wants to go home. Her niece Rhonda watches as a social worker tries to persuade Betty to agree to the council clearing her house of some of the possessions she’s built up over decades. These will now, it’s suggested, prove a health and safety hazard when she moves back in, increasing her risk of another fall.

NHS staff with poor English ‘can be struck off’

The government said it would consider legislating.

Dr Ubani Dr Daniel Ubani was rejected by a hospital because of poor English but later found work in Cambridgeshire

NHS regulators will be able to discipline or strike off doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who are not able to communicate clearly in English under new UK-wide plans.

The proposed powers are set out in a draft Bill published by the Law Commission.

The government said it would consider legislating.

Ministers have already been working to ensure any doctor’s English is up to scratch before they are first employed.

British hospital to become first in Europe to use Skype for consultations

A hospital in Staffordshire is set to become the first in Europe where doctors consult with their patients via Skype

11:23AM GMT 10 Mar 2014

Managers at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire claim using the online video calling service could reduce outpatient appointments by up to 35 per cent.

They argue that using Skype will help free up consultants’ time and car parking spaces – while also helping patients who are unable to take time off work.

If approved, they would become the first UK hospital to use Skype to consult with patients.

The proposals, by Staffordshire’s biggest hospital, also include doctors treating patients via email consultations.

The move – which is part of a range of schemes to ease pressure on the hospital, which is coping with big increases in demand – has been welcomed by health campaigners.