NHS pressures

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

20 October 2021

Two doctors with same name cause Times letter confusion

A social media post incorrectly claims that a letter written to The Times was from a doctor who died in 2016.

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Two doctors with same name cause Times letter confusion
13 October 2021

Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context

There are some important caveats to figures showing GP appointments drop off later in the week.

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Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context
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?

6.5 million migrants have joined GP surgeries in the decade from 2007, but not all of them are here long-term and some were double counted.

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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 were reportedly 100,000 vacancies in NHS trusts in England between October-December 2017. Home Office caps on visa numbers mean some international doctors cannot enter the UK to work.

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

Could 18 million GP appointments be seen by pharmacists?

A survey of around 60 GPs found that 6% of appointments could have been dealt with at home or at a pharmacy, but we can’t say if it’s an accurate …

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Could 18 million GP appointments be seen by pharmacists?

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