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A serious shortage of paediatricians and concerns over Brexit are putting children's health services at risk, a Royal College has warned. Hospital inpatient units for children and neonatal units across the UK are still having to close their doors to new admissions due to a shortage of staff, a new…
Low-paid nurses and porters are being charged "extortionate" fees of almost £90 a month to use hospital car parks, a new study reveals. Research by Unison showed that many NHS Trusts operated a flat-rate payment system regardless of how much staff were paid. A Freedom of Information request by the…
A patient with "complex" health needs has been waiting more than three-and-a-half years to leave hospital after being declared fit for discharge, it has been revealed. The patient, who has not been named, and who suffers from a "serious mental health condition" plus a learning disability and physical health problems,…
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland published six new local visit reports which include visits to NHS hospital wards and units, and a prison. The reports highlight positive and negative findings from the Commission's visits, one of which was unannounced. The Commission makes recommendations for change where necessary and expects…
A growing staffing "crisis" in Scotland's care homes is hitting provision and contributing to hospital bed blocking, an industry body has warned. New figures released by private and voluntary social care representative organisation Scottish Care uncovered evidence of major problems in recruiting and retaining staff. The survey of around 250…
Unions, charities and medics' groups have raised concerns about longer waiting times and a shortfall in funding as the head of the NHS mapped out its short-term future. Patients will face longer waits for non-urgent operations, NHS England chief executive Simon Steven said, and the Royal College of Surgeons has…
There has been a drop in the number of GPs working in the NHS despite Government aims to recruit more, figures show. Provisional data from NHS Digital shows there were 34,050 full-time equivalent GPs at the end of December. This is 445 fewer than in September when there were 34,495.…
There are "serious gaps" in crisis care for children with mental health problems, a new report has warned. One in 10 local health areas has no plan to improve crisis care for young people, according to the Education Policy Institute. This is despite acknowledgement from the Government for clinical commissioning…
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