NHS pressures

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

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?
16 January 2018

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

The number of NHS hospital beds has halved in the last thirty years, but the number of doctors has risen consistently.

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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
12 January 2018

More people, more (NHS) problems?

Both the UK’s population and average life expectancy has increased since the founding of the NHS.

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More people, more (NHS) problems?
18 December 2017

Are 40% of nurses leaving full-time work in their first year?

15% of new full-time NHS England nurses left full-time work in the year May 2016 to May 2017. Overall, 41% of new nurses weren’t in full-time employment by May 2017.

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Are 40% of nurses leaving full-time work in their first year?
29 September 2017

Is the term 'NHS winter crisis' becoming more common?

What does a crude search for articles containing both NHS and “winter crisis” in a newspaper database tell us about use of the term?

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Is the term 'NHS winter crisis' becoming more common?
7 June 2017

Election 2017: what the parties haven’t told voters

Full Fact factchecks what the parties do say. Often what they haven't said matters even more.

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Election 2017: what the parties haven’t told voters
5 May 2017

Are there one million people in hospital with nowhere else to go?

In January there were 7,100 people in hospital at the end of the month who were medically fit to leave but weren't discharged. Across the whole month there were 197,000 …

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Are there one million people in hospital with nowhere else to go?
10 March 2017

Cancer care waiting times

An NHS target for the proportion of cancer patients being treated within 62 days of referral is being missed. In January the proportion meeting the target was the lowest since …

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Cancer care waiting times

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