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At least 1.8 million people aged 65 and over could have an urgent dental condition, according to a new report. Dentists have raised concerns about the impact conditions such as dental pain, oral sepsis - an infection that can lead to blood poisoning - and extensive tooth decay are having…
This survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes highlights the good work they do and identifies the key challenges they face. The report, commissioned by Public Health England, undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative…
A hospice was among those defrauded by a £2.5 million banking scam in the Scottish Highlands. The Highland Hospice lost a six-figure sum when the phone-based scam, known as vishing, hit companies between July 19 and 30. Some of the money has been recovered and work is continuing with banks…
Scotland is in the top 10 countries in Europe for levels of palliative care, although a new study has said there remains "room for improvement". For the first time, academics at Glasgow University compared the level of end of life care provided in Scotland with that in the rest of…
Care home providers are making it too difficult for elderly people and their families to find the information they need to make an informed choice, according to a consumer watchdog. Which? said older people could potentially be hit with unexpected bills and tied into unfair contracts because of surprise charges…
A vulnerable female patient in respite care died after a nurse mistakenly binned a vital part of her breathing tube, an inquest heard. Emily Bushaway, who suffered with a rare neuro-degenerative disease, was left unable to breathe properly after a small section of her ventilator's "whisper valve" was discarded. Nurse…
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have presented the latest findings from their inspection programme of adult social care. 'The State Of Adult Social Care Services 2014 to 2017' is the first time such focused analysis on a national scale has been possible, following the introduction of a new regulatory regime…
More than 17,000 care homes, hospices and private hospitals have been told to check their fire safety procedures in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has written to care providers to remind them to review their fire safety processes "to ensure they are up…
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