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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…
At least 1.8 million people aged 65 and over could have an urgent dental condition, according to a new report. Dentists have raised concerns about the impact conditions such as dental pain, oral sepsis - an infection that can lead to blood poisoning - and extensive tooth decay are having…
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…
A senior NHS official has admitted some mental health patients can face "very, very long delays" before leaving hospital after it emerged 19 individuals have been waiting more than two years to be discharged. Professor Jason Leitch, the national clinical director of healthcare quality and strategy, made the comments in…
Scotland is in the top 10 countries in Europe for levels of palliative care, although a new study has said there remains "room for improvement". For the first time, academics at Glasgow University compared the level of end of life care provided in Scotland with that in the rest of…
The integration of health and social care is underfunded and lacks a long-term financial strategy, a Holyrood committee has been told. The budget shortfall means the required shift in the balance of care will take longer to achieve, according to the authorities set up to oversee the change. The concerns…
Doctors have warned that plans for "brutal " NHS cuts are shrouded in secrecy and will cause uproar once revealed. The British Medical Association (BMA) says health service leaders have refused to publish details of the proposals that could extend waiting times, reduce access to services, cut down on prescriptions…
Nurses are to step up their campaign for the Government to end the cap on public sector pay as new figures reveal that the number of experienced nurses leaving the profession has doubled in the last three years. The Royal College of Nursing is staging 40 events across the UK…
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