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The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurse numbers since 2010 has contributed to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to new research. There could be as many as 100 excess deaths a day from now on if the NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, a…
Hospitals could see the worst ever performance for A&E waiting times this winter, a think tank has warned. The NHS aims to admit or discharge 95% of patients within four hours of arriving in emergency departments. But analysis by the Health Foundation has predicted the number of patients seen in…
Measures to prevent the so-called "weekend effect" have not made any difference in curbing excess deaths on Saturdays and Sundays, experts have claimed. Four priority standards for emergency care in hospitals in England were introduced in 2015 in a bid to reduce higher mortality rates at weekends. Patients admitted to…
Maternity units have been urged to investigate after figures revealed differences in care for mothers and babies across Britain. Findings of the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA), the largest of its kind in the world, show the vast majority of women in England, Wales and Scotland have a safe…
Patient safety and quality of care are at risk due to a workforce gap in the NHS, health leaders have said. Workforce concerns have become the "single biggest risk facing services", according to NHS Providers, a membership body, which represents health service organisations. The gap between the number of staff…
The number of patients kept in hospital after being told they were well enough to leave has fallen year on year, according to official figures. Statistics from September's census found 1,378 people had to remain in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed blocking. The figure was down…
Northern Ireland's cash-strapped health service is paying up to £120 an hour for agency nurses as it struggles to plug chronic staff shortages, it can be revealed. Hospitals and clinics are becoming increasingly reliant on agency nurses due to difficulties in filling staff posts. The Press Association has learned that…
The NHS is heading into winter on a knife edge as half of NHS trust finance directors think patient care in their area has got worse over the past year, an influential think tank has warned. The King's Fund believes the negative outlook from 51% of finance directors, compared with…
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