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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…
There is an "urgent need" for more funding for mental health care for expectant and new mothers, leading midwives have said. The comments from the Royal College of Midwives come after a report claims services across the UK are "under resourced". Researchers wrote the report following an online petition which…
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…
The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham has been commissioned to complete a critical appraisal of a health care programme which aims to share innovation around primary care services such as those offered by GPs, thereby reducing hospital admissions and pressure on A&E departments. Primary health …
Social care organisations looking to inject some fresh thinking can now apply to host a graduate during our Graduate Management programme, starting in January. For the first time in 2018, the programme is being run in partnership between Skills for Care and the NHS Leadership Academy, fast-tracking highly motivated graduates…
More than 200 GP practices across England have closed or merged in the last year, figures show. Data from NHS Digital reveals that while just eight practices opened, 202 closed or merged together. Practices closed in all regions, but the North of England was particularly hit, with more than 60…
Some NHS hospital trusts have more than 1,000 staff vacancies while others have left crucial roles unfilled for up to two years, an investigation has revealed. The ITV News probe across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland asked every acute trust to disclose how many staff posts were unfilled. The…
The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life has criticised the health professionals who "failed" her daughter and said she would never have left her alone if she had been warned she was a suicide risk. Sandy Legg said 14-year-old Sofia was "failed by the system" and…
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