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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…
Around a third of nursing posts in care homes are vacant, with providers reporting increased difficulties recruiting staff, a new report has found. Scottish Care, which represents the independent health and social care sector, estimates the vacancy level stands at 31%, up on the 28% estimate for 2016. The number…
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 bitter fallout from the Conservative General Election humiliation has continued with fresh revelations about splits at the top of Theresa May's campaign. A new book about the ill-fated campaign claims concerns were raised about controversial social care changes in the Tory manifesto but the Prime Minister chose to press…
Only one in 10 people in England who fund their social care costs would benefit from a £72,000 cap on the amount they have to pay and a more generous system should be introduced instead, the charity Independent Age said. Research found that it would take the typical pensioner six…
Fife-based care home operator Kingdom Homes is investing significantly in its care home portfolio with the development of a new nursing home in Leven and the acquisition of a new property in Anstruther, thanks to a £20m funding package from HSBC. The new property, to be named ‘Walton House’, is…
Families are having to settle for inadequate care home places because of "systemic failure" in the sector, a consumer group has warned. The majority of people have limited choice and half of those needing care are having to wait for a bed, the survey by Which? found. The watchdog found…
Healthcare Workers who provide excellent patient care across the UK have been announced as finalists and regional winners for the Skills for Health’s Our Health Heroes Awards 2017, sponsored by Health Education England. The Our Health Heroes Awards, established in 2016 aim to celebrate the unsung healthcare heroes from across…
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