NHS pressures

Fact checks about waiting lists, unpaid overtime and availability of health care services

11 March 2021

Has the NHS had its budget reduced by £30 billion?

Labour claims that the Budget took £30bn out of day to day health spending, this is true if you include the withdrawal of last year’s Covid money.

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Has the NHS had its budget reduced by £30 billion?
22 July 2020

Mirror claims NHS staff work 11 hours unpaid overtime on average but it’s probably more like two hours

NHS staff survey data suggests the average respondent in 2019 worked around two hours unpaid overtime. Even this should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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Mirror claims NHS staff work 11 hours unpaid overtime on average but it’s probably more like two hours
4 November 2019

The Mail’s diabetes front page needs context

Type 2 diabetes sufferers make up one in 10 hospital admissions in England but a small fraction were admitted for type 2 diabetes as the main diagnosis.

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The Mail’s diabetes front page needs context
4 February 2019

How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?

There were 6.5 million GP registrations by people whose last address was abroad between 2007 and 2017.

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How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?
10 September 2018

This claim about maternity units closing is misleading

Half of the NHS trusts in England that responded to an FOI were forced to close at least one of their maternity units temporarily in 2017.

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This claim about maternity units closing is misleading
31 May 2018

Accident and emergency: attendances and performance

In 2017 there were 23.6m A&E attendances in England. Recent years have seen more targets missed and longer waiting times than previous years.

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Accident and emergency: attendances and performance
9 May 2018

Are there 100,000 vacancies in the NHS?

There are a limited number of working visas available to non-EEA citizens. This means some international doctors have reportedly been denied them.

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Are there 100,000 vacancies in the NHS?
19 February 2018

Could 18 million GP appointments be seen by pharmacists?

GPs think some appointments could be dealt with by pharmacists. We don’t have enough evidence to confidently say how many could be.

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Could 18 million GP appointments be seen by pharmacists?
16 January 2018

NHS: More beds, more doctors, and more flu vaccines?

The number of hospital beds is falling but the number of doctors is going up.

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NHS: More beds, more doctors, and more flu vaccines?
12 January 2018

More ambulances are being delayed outside A&Es

One in six ambulances were delayed for over half an hour after arriving at A&Es in England in the first week of 2018.

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More ambulances are being delayed outside A&Es

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