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There has been a huge jump in the number of patients enduring long waits on trolleys while a hospital bed is found for them, figures show. Data from NHS England shows the number of patients waiting more than 12 hours in England's A&E departments increased by 10,546% in five years…
Hospital nurses are having to take on catering duties because of "extreme" staffing issues. The move at Portree Hospital on Skye has been branded "completely inappropriate" and raised fears over patient safety. NHS Highland asked the nurses to do the work of kitchen staff as they had been moved to…
Deaths from Alzheimer's disease have risen by a third in the last year, with campaigners warning the "alarming" increase is placing a "heavy strain" on the NHS and care services. A total of 570 deaths from the disease were recorded in the period March to June 2017, new data from…
Unqualified support workers are practising in the NHS with job titles that describe them as nurses with advanced skills, experts have warned. A new study found that thousands of nursing jobs across the NHS actually have titles that have little or no link to a nurse's education or level of…
Two thousand nurses are expected to hold a demonstration over pay in Parliament Square today. Beginning immediately after the first Prime Minister's Questions of the new parliamentary year, the rally is part of a union campaign calling on the Government to scrap the long-standing 1% cap on public sector pay.…
A mentally ill man who swallows sharp objects and has suffered damage to his intestines is to receive artificial nutrition after being at the centre of litigation in a specialist court. Doctors fear the man could die without treatment but say he lacks the mental capacity to make decisions. Hospital…
A father-of-three who has been waiting since December to have an operation on his back has described how his debilitating condition has affected his physical, mental and financial health in "the worst scenario of everything". Graham Dunlop, 48, has been unable to work since being diagnosed with a cyst on…
The NHS will pay agencies up to £100 million to recruit GPs from abroad in a bid to increase staffing numbers. International recruitment is hoped to begin in the autumn, a contract notice posted by NHS England said, with between 2-3,000 doctors anticipated to come from overseas. It comes as…
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