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The new £4 million Canolfan Goffa Ffestiniog, health and social care centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog has today been officially opened by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething. The changes to the services in the Blaenau Ffestiniog area were made following engagement and public consultation. The Health Board has worked with partners and…
Public sector organisations are being driven to produce greater efficiencies and cost savings, and the NHS in particular is facing the requirement to do more with less, and deliver better and more effective care while at the same time reducing a fiscal deficit. This economic challenge has been the catalyst…
Care for mental health patients outside hospital has not improved over the last three years, a new survey suggests. In some areas, care for patients in the community in England has even deteriorated slightly, according to a large survey by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The poll of more than…
Terminally ill patients could be dying in hospitals due to delays with a "fast track" service aimed at helping people receive care outside of hospital, a new report suggests. The Continuing Healthcare package, funded by the NHS, is for some people whose health needs can be attended to outside of…
Four in 10 mental health services for children are failing, with youngsters facing long delays for treatment, according to a Government-ordered review. The study, from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), found many services set their own targets for how quickly youngsters should be seen, leading to children's mental health deteriorating…
Some patients are facing "considerable barriers" to recovery after illness or injury, leading physiotherapists have warned. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) said community rehabilitation services can "give people their lives back" but that access to services in the community can depend on where a person lives. Too often "the…
Scotland’s health boards will share a £5 million fund to help hospitals and community services cope with a surge in demand over winter. The additional money announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison will be used to boost staff and reduce delays. The cash will go towards winter planning and resilience…
Complaints to NHS Scotland have risen 10% in a year and are equivalent to around 64 per day, new figures have shown. Official statistics revealed 23,507 grievances were registered between April 1 2016 and the end of March 2017, up from 21,454 the previous year. Complaints are now at their…
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