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Nick Triggle

Nick Triggle Health correspondent

This is my take on the issues affecting the NHS and social care, from the way we live our lives to the impact of government policies

Savile: Why the risks are real in today's NHS

  • 26 February 2015
  • From the section Health
Jimmy Savile on Jim'll Fix It
Savile used his celebrity to gain access to NHS hospitals

It is easy to say Jimmy Savile's abuse of patients, staff and visitors on NHS premises would not happen in today's health service.

But the report published by barrister Kate Lampard on the lessons learned from the 44 NHS investigations shows this would be dangerously complacent.

While the majority of the crimes took place decades ago, Ms Lampard still warns "there are many elements" that could be repeated in the future.

She goes on to cite a host of weaknesses from how the NHS deals with celebrities to policies in place to deal with internet use and social media.

There is, she says, always a risk of abuse, including sexual abuse in the NHS.

Large problem

Read full article Savile: Why the risks are real in today's NHS

Greater Manchester: The start of something big?

  • 25 February 2015
  • From the section Health
Sign showing change of direction

Ever since the NHS was created in 1948, it has remained separate to the council-run care system that oversees help in the home with tasks such as washing and dressing and care home places.

But as the decades have gone by and health care has shifted from curing illnesses to helping people manage long-term conditions such as dementia and heart disease, there has been an increasing sense that the two systems need to become more joined up.

Read full article Greater Manchester: The start of something big?

NHS privatisation: Why the fuss?

  • 20 February 2015
  • From the section Health
Surgeons

The words privatisation and NHS together are enough to start a fight in an empty room. But what exactly do we mean by it? And why does the issue make many so angry?

London's Cromwell Hospital, run by Bupa, does a good trade in NHS patients at its gamma knife radiosurgery centre. About a third of the patients with brain tumours seen there are sent by the NHS, costing the health service nearly £7,300 a go.

Read full article NHS privatisation: Why the fuss?

Does the (care) cap fit?

  • 28 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Couple

There are three main dictionary definitions of a cap: a soft, flat hat, a protective cover or lid and an upper limit on spending or borrowing. The cap on care costs for the over 65s is, arguably, none of these.

The first two are, of course, obvious. But the third? Let me explain why.

Read full article Does the (care) cap fit?

Does the (care) cap fit?

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Couple

There are three main dictionary definitions of a cap: a soft, flat hat, a protective cover or lid and an upper limit on spending or borrowing. The cap on care costs is, arguably, none of these.

The first two are, of course, obvious. But the third? Let me explain why.

Read full article Does the (care) cap fit?

The cost of being unhealthy

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Unhealthy graphic

We eat too much, drink too much and don't get enough exercise. It's that simple. And if you think that doesn't apply to you, you're probably wrong.

There are seven established factors that raise the risk of ill health. They cover everything from smoking to low fruit and vegetable consumption.

Read full article The cost of being unhealthy

How hospitals have reached gridlock

  • 12 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Screen

Hospitals are all about flow. As new patients arrive, others must move on through the system and, eventually, leave.

But what has happened in the past month is that the system has stalled. Or - as one doctor put it to me - there has been "gridlock". At least in some places.

Read full article How hospitals have reached gridlock

A&E: Does missing the target matter?

  • 6 January 2015
  • From the section Health
NHS staff

The news that the NHS in England has missed its waiting time target with performance dropping to its worst level for a decade is dominating the headlines. But does it really matter?

After all, it was just 2.4% short of the 95% threshold during the October to December quarter. That means over nine in 10 patients were seen in four hours.

Read full article A&E: Does missing the target matter?

NHS set for a bumpy start to 2015

  • 5 January 2015
  • From the section Health
Bumpy road

The new year has barely started and the focus is once again shifting to how the NHS is performing.

Reports over the weekend suggested that Labour is set to make the health service a key election battleground should come as no surprise - nor should the timing.

Read full article NHS set for a bumpy start to 2015

Is the obsession with NHS targets justified?

  • 30 December 2014
  • From the section Health
Target

Targets have become synonymous with the NHS. From hospital operations to cancer care and fighting superbugs, successive governments have used them to keep a grip on performance.

And now - just five months away from an election - all eyes are on how the health service performs against its most high-profile measures.

Read full article Is the obsession with NHS targets justified?

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About Nick

Nick started working for the BBC in 2003. His first two years were spent in general news, after which he started covering the health beat.

As health correspondent, he has reported extensively on the NHS and social care as well as how the UK is dealing with challenges such as obesity, the ageing population and health inequalities. Nick has also worked on the Gerry Robinson TV documentaries on the NHS.

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