4:02pm 19th November 2014
Fancy finding out how well your local GP is doing?
Well you now can, as a new part of the My NHS website is launched.
Health Secretary and South West Surrey MPJeremy Hunt said: “Patients and professionals alike can compare the performance of their local hospital, their local GP surgery, their care services and their local authority in an easy to understand table with regularly updated information.”
“My NHS will be the first time any major health economy has gathered such a wide range of critical performance indicators together.
“It will both inform the public and help professionals to improve care by reducing variation.”
Jeremy Hunt also wants hospital cancer survival rates to be added to the website.
NHS Chiefs want tax rises to preserve services
The majority of health bosses in England say people should pay more tax if they want the NHS to continue providing the same level of care and services.
A survey also found a quarter think people should be charged for things like obesity surgery.
The health secretary insists there are no plans to make people pay for services.
But Jeremy Hunt says a healthy economy is crucial to sustaining the NHS budget: “A strong NHS needs a strong economy.
“The only way to grow the budget is to make sure we have an economy that is generating the tax revenue to fund it.”
Almost two thirds of health executives who responded to a survey by Sky News and the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) said the Government should raise taxes to preserve the NHS.
More than a quarter (27%) suggested that instead of paying more tax, people should be charged for some services currently provided for free.
The findings are likely to fuel a debate about what services the health service can afford to continue providing.
Treatments such as IVF and surgery to combat obesity are often cited as examples of services the NHS should not be providing for free.
Previous surveys have also suggested there is widespread support for charging patients who attend accident and emergency while drunk.
It has also been suggested that patients should have to pay extra for food or accommodation during their hospital stay.
Almost one fifth (19%) of NHS executives who responded to the poll called for an increase in waiting times to alleviate pressure on the health service. The same proportion suggested services be reduced.
However, 57% called for spending on the NHS to be increased instead.
More than one third of those who responded (34%) were either not very confident or not at all confident their Trust would be able to provide high-quality care this winter.
Half said they were fairly confident they could.
An IPSOS Mori poll of the public also found support for the idea of charging patients for some services (39%). A total of 30% supported the idea the public should pay more tax to maintain NHS care and services.
Some 62% also supported the idea of increasing NHS spending.
The poll also found that 70% of the public were confident that high-quality care to patients would continue to be delivered over the winter.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of the FTN, said: “What this data highlights is that we need to do things differently and have an honest and national debate on the choice between more money for the NHS or a lower level of care.
“The current system is simply not sustainable. Each year the pressure on frontline emergency services increases, with staff continuing to work incredibly hard to deliver high-quality and accessible care.
“But if we truly want a resilient urgent and emergency care system that continues to deliver world-class access and care we need adequate funding to support these essential services for current and future patients.”