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An NHS trust has said it is "truly sorry" about the death of an epileptic teenager who drowned in a bath while in its care, after it admitted failings that led to his death. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured), 18, who had learning difficulties, was found submerged in water at Slade House,…
Leaders of more than a million health workers have submitted an above inflation pay claim directly to the Government, ramping up pressure for an end to years of wage austerity. Fourteen health unions including Unison, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy,…
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…
Around 750 private patients treated by disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson will receive compensation from a new £37 million fund. Spire Healthcare, which runs private hospitals in the West Midlands where Paterson worked, will contribute £27.2 million to the fund. A further £10 million will be provided by Paterson's insurers…
A DUP MP has said his party could support a Labour motion calling for an end to the public sector pay cap in the NHS. Ian Paisley's comments leave the Government facing defeat in the Commons if the motion is put to a vote. The Government only commands a majority…
Integration authorities (IAs) for health and social care services need to engage more meaningfully with communities and health professionals, according to a parliamentary committee. The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee said IAs are too often using a "tick box" approach to consulting others. Integration authorities are responsible for joining…
People with mental health problems are suffering due to a huge variation across the UK in access to consultant psychiatrists, according to a new analysis. NHS Digital data examined by the Royal College of Psychiatrists shows that some regions have less than half the number of NHS consultants compared to…
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