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NHS funding crisis: Wiltshire's part in plan to balance Department of Health's end of year accounts

Written by Tony Millett on .

NHS funding crisis: Wiltshire's part in plan to balance Department of Health's end of year accounts

Squaring the circle of the NHS' financial position at the end of the financial year 2016-2017 is proving a complex process - one that changes almost daily and which calls for the proverbial wet towel around the head and a strong cup of coffee.

We will not be encouraged to

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A Wiltshire GP practice disappears as staff shortages hit NHS and social services

Written by Tony Millett on .

A Wiltshire GP practice disappears as staff shortages hit NHS and social services

On Wednesday (March 29) the Prime Minister will trigger Britain's departure from the European Union.  This will undoubtedly leave the estimated 57,000 EU nationals who work in the NHS feeling even more unsettled and anxious than they have been since June.

We know that Brexit is already having an

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A crisis in children's mental health? How is Wiltshire coping? Part Three: How Marlborough's schools respond to mental health issues

Written by Tony Millett on .

A crisis in children's mental health?  How is Wiltshire coping?  Part Three: How Marlborough's schools respond to mental health issues

The last in a three part series of reports on the treatment of children and young people's mental health problems - in Wiltshire and in the Marlborough area.


One former pupil of St John's Academy we spoke to said they had found CAMHS "Brilliant - with its friendly waiting room

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A crisis in children's mental health? How is Wiltshire coping? Part Two: how Wiltshire is changing the system

Written by Tony Millett on .

A crisis in children's mental health?  How is Wiltshire coping?  Part Two: how Wiltshire is changing the system

A three part series on the treatment of children and young people's mental health problems - in Wiltshire and in the Marlborough area.


Does Wiltshire have a special problem with mental health issues among its children and young people?  The county's rate for hospital admissions for mental health conditions (2014-15)

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Home to Assess: GWH pilots new scheme for earlier discharge to free up beds & relieve pressure on A&E

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Home to Assess: GWH pilots new scheme for earlier discharge to free up beds & relieve pressure on A&E

No one can keep admitting sick people to a hospital if those whose treatment is complete and are ready to go home are not leaving the wards.  

Blocked beds - also known as 'delayed transfers of care' (DTOCS for short) - cost the NHS dearly and cause longer queues

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A crisis in children's mental health? How is Wiltshire coping? Part One: the system is changing

Written by Tony Millett on .

A crisis in children's mental health? How is Wiltshire coping?  Part One: the system is changing

A three part series on the treatment of children and young people's mental health problems - in Wiltshire and in the Marlborough area.


There is a growing awareness that child and adolescents' mental health is posing a problem of crisis proportions for health services and schools.  Most importantly, as

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STP WATCH: "Time for change" - full plan for future of Wiltshire's NHS to go public in three weeks

Written by Tony Millett on .

STP WATCH:

It is forecast to be 'fairly uncontroversial', but the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the area that includes Wiltshire dominated the AGM of the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group in Salisbury on Tuesday (November 22.)  

We have already had a published summary of the plan, which mainly spelled

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