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NHS England threatened legal action against Oxford University hospitals trust

NHS England threatened to sue Oxford University hospitals (OUH) NHS trust after they objected to the former’s controversial decision to allow a private company to take control of cancer scanning.

DAC Beachcroft, NHS England’s lawyers, issued a warning against OUH in saying the trust’s concerns amounted to defamation.

As reported by The Guardian the relationship between NHS England and OUH became strained after NHS England chose to hand the contract for PET-CT scanning services to private company InHealth.

NHS overcrowding leads to ambulances being turned away

NHS England’s first weekly report of the winter has revealed that 95% of hospital beds are occupied, while anything above 85% is unsafe.

Meanwhile ambulances have been turned away, as overcrowded hospitals have put patients at risk.

The overcrowding has led to eight ambulances being turned away from A&Es, while significant numbers of ambulances were facing serious delays.

While ambulances should be able to drop patients off within 15 minutes of arrival, in one in nine cases it took more than twice as long.

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