Up to 1,500 junior doctors offered posts as registrars have had their job offers withdrawn, following a mistake in the recruitment process.

Posted May 7, 2018

Doctors say they have been left stressed and in limbo, and potentially out of pocket over plans to move home. The Royal College of Physicians, which oversees recruitment, apologised for the “human error” and is working over the weekend to restart the process. Doctors’ union, the British Medical Association, said it was “appalled“. The junior […]

The care funding gamble: Which? reveals lives blighted by postcode lottery

Posted April 23, 2018

Patients including older people with conditions like dementia and motor neurone disease are being hit with huge care bills because a postcode lottery sees them denied access to vital NHS funding, Which? research has found. Source: “Which?” Despite a national framework for assessments, vulnerable people in England with the highest medical needs can be up […]

Healthwatch West Berkshire at Knowledge event on 29th March

Posted April 11, 2018

On the 29th March 2018 we attended the knowledge event at the Newbury racecourse. At this even we had a small stand and display. The public were free to come and talk to us, whether it be for a chat or to find out what we do. We also had the privilege of being able […]

HWWB are hosting Lifesaving Training run by Heartstart Thatcham

Posted April 3, 2018

Heartstart is an initiative to teach emergency life saving skills to the British public. By attending a course near you, you’re helping create a nation of life savers – where everyone knows how to save a life. There will be two training slots, one will occur on 25th April 2018 from 10:00am – 12:30pm and […]

NHS ‘winter crisis’ will extend into summer, doctors warn


Pressures on the NHS have increasingly demoralised the nation’s doctors. Credit: PA The NHS is likely to see the “winter crisis” extend into the summer, according to new analysis by doctors. Hospitals can expect their summer performance in A&E departments to be as poor as in recent winters, the British Medical Association (BMA), which represents […]

Suicide the ripple effect screening as part of zero suicide rate awareness campaign

Posted March 23, 2018

As part of West Berkshires awareness raising campaign for a zero suicide rate, BHFT are hosting the screening of the film “suicide the ripple effect” at Vue cinema Camberley.  In this film Kevin Hines shares his journey in relation to his suicide attempt. He is also filmed meeting with families and survivors all over the world. […]

Plastic particles found in bottled water


“Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic. In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined. Research led by journalism organisation Orb Media discovered an average of 10 plastic particles per litre, each larger than the […]

CEP 2017/2018

Posted March 15, 2018

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