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Local health bodies should have to face a tribunal board if they have "overly restrictive commissioning policies", a new report suggests. The recommendation comes after researchers found that there is "unacceptable" variation in access to care for patients across England. After examining data concerning each of the 209 clinical commissioning…
People aged 40 and over should be advised on how they can take steps to reduce their risk of dementia, experts have said. The benefits of stopping smoking, being physically active, eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol, "connecting with people" and keeping mentally active should be highlighted…
Breast cancer patients should be given better access to support after their hospital treatment ends, a charity has said. The call from Breast Cancer Care comes after a new poll found that many women said being discharged from hospital care was one of the hardest moments to face. The survey…
Widespread trauma caused by the Grenfell Tower fire has prompted an NHS recruiting drive for mental health professionals to keep up with demand. More than 50 vacancies for the Grenfell Tower Trauma Service are being advertised, seeking those experienced in working with bereavement and post traumatic stress disorder. Hundreds have…
A doctor has told medical watchdogs she missed warning signs weeks before an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath after suffering a seizure at an NHS care unit. Valerie Murphy, who is accused of misconduct, was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties…
The Government has been accused of secretly stripping hospitals of their assets to plug financial gaps as new analysis shows the amount of NHS land considered for sale has more than doubled in the past year. Some 543 plots of NHS land totalling 1,332 hectares were declared as surplus to…
The NHS has paid more than £17 million in compensation for victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson. NHS Resolution said, as of July 31, it had received 277 claims involving Paterson's NHS practice and paid £17,411,639 in total on those cases. The figure, first reported in the Health Service Journal,…
The number of patients being kept in hospital who are well enough to leave has risen slightly, new figures have shown. Official statistics from a census carried out in hospitals in June found 1,300 people had to stay in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed-blocking. Delayed discharge…
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