18th May 2022

Numbers of nurses leaving NHS highest in 4 years
More than 27,000 nurses and midwives quit the NHS last year, with many blaming job pressures, the Covid pandemic and poor patient care for their decision.

A&E waits 4 times longer than official figures
Internal NHS England figures for February and March show around one in five admissions waited more than 12 hours from arriving until being admitted to a ward. The official stats published by NHSE record a shorter, time period from ‘decision to admit’ to admission.

KPMG fined £14 million for forging Carillion audit
Carillion collapsed with £7 billion of debts in January 2018, resulting in 3,000 job losses and causing chaos across hundreds of its projects, including two big hospitals. This was close to the biggest fine which was against £15 million Deloitte in 2020 over audits of the software company Autonomy. Yet they’re allowed to carry on making billions – why?

Corporate GP contracts given £18 per patient more
The traditional GP surgery is operates with a GMS contract, General Medical Services. To encourage private companies to run primary care APMS (Alternative Provider Medical Services) contracts were introduced. For a 10K patient practice they get £180K more. Fair?

MHRA: board members funded by big pharma
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. Six of its board members are receiving payments from the pharmaceutical industry.