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Mental health bodies have raised concerns over revelations that thousands of mental health patients are being locked in "effectively institutionalised settings". A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report has highlighted that a "surprising" number of patients are being cared for in "locked rehabilitation wards", with some patients spending more than…
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…
Care home providers are making it too difficult for elderly people and their families to find the information they need to make an informed choice, according to a consumer watchdog. Which? said older people could potentially be hit with unexpected bills and tied into unfair contracts because of surprise charges…
A vulnerable female patient in respite care died after a nurse mistakenly binned a vital part of her breathing tube, an inquest heard. Emily Bushaway, who suffered with a rare neuro-degenerative disease, was left unable to breathe properly after a small section of her ventilator's "whisper valve" was discarded. Nurse…
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…
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have presented the latest findings from their inspection programme of adult social care. 'The State Of Adult Social Care Services 2014 to 2017' is the first time such focused analysis on a national scale has been possible, following the introduction of a new regulatory regime…
One in four social care services are failing on safety, the care regulator has said. Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that 23% of care homes, nursing homes and home care services require improvement on safety while a further 2% are inadequate. Almost 20,000 people are cared for…
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,…
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