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NHS England has launched a national review into schemes to divert patients away from A&E departments. According to the Daily Telegraph, the investigation is in response to the death of a 44-year-old man who was turned away from a Bristol A&E department while a pilot scheme to ease pressure was…
Support for NHS staff who report concerns about malpractice or patient safety is to be expanded. The NHS Scotland Confidential Alert Line will become the Whistleblowing Alert and Advice Services for NHS Scotland (AALS) from the start of next month. The service, to be run by charity Public Concern at…
The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham has been commissioned to complete a critical appraisal of a health care programme which aims to share innovation around primary care services such as those offered by GPs, thereby reducing hospital admissions and pressure on A&E departments. Primary health …
The NHS faces "serious challenges in maintaining standards of care", with senior managers worried about having the right levels of staff, according to a new report. The NHS Providers study of 158 chairmen and chief executives from 125 NHS trusts also found concerns about NHS finances and the current state…
Some disabled and sick people are waiting months to find out whether they will receive NHS funding for their medical needs, a new report shows. Decisions on whether somebody is eligible for continuing healthcare should be made within 28 days, but one in 10 people wait longer than 100 days,…
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…
The practice of sending mental health patients far away from friends and family to receive care has become endemic in the NHS, leading doctors warned as new figures show a rise in the number of patients sent miles away. Some are even receiving care hundreds of miles away, the British…
An audacious "high-stakes" criminal conspiracy which defrauded NHS hospitals, councils and the Guernsey government out of £12.6 million, and funnelled cash overseas, has been smashed by police. An organised crime network targeted 22 mostly public bodies in a divert fraud, with the dirty money transferred to international accounts and laundered…
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