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Local health bodies should have to face a tribunal board if they have "overly restrictive commissioning policies", a new report suggests. The recommendation comes after researchers found that there is "unacceptable" variation in access to care for patients across England. After examining data concerning each of the 209 clinical commissioning…
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…
Breast cancer patients should be given better access to support after their hospital treatment ends, a charity has said. The call from Breast Cancer Care comes after a new poll found that many women said being discharged from hospital care was one of the hardest moments to face. The survey…
Britain's largest police force has failed to achieve any significant improvement in the quality of child protection investigations several months after a watchdog first raised the alarm, a report warns. An audit found a string of flaws were still apparent in some Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, despite inspectors delivering…
A doctor has told medical watchdogs she missed warning signs weeks before an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath after suffering a seizure at an NHS care unit. Valerie Murphy, who is accused of misconduct, was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties…
A man was banned from visiting his partner’s mother in her care home when Nottinghamshire County Council failed to go through the correct procedures, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The Ombudsman’s investigation into the man’s complaint found the council did not carry out a risk assessment…
Too many care homes are under so much pressure that they are not "getting the basics right every time", a care consumer watchdog has warned. Healthwatch England said some residents were cared for by rushed staff and were having to put up with things like dead plants, rotting window sills,…
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has published details of the complaints it has received about all local councils in England in 2016-17. The Ombudsman investigates complaints about all local authorities and social care providers in England. Every year it publishes the information it sends to councils to help…
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