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More than 200 million medication errors are made in the NHS every year and could lead to the deaths of thousands of people, researchers say. Mistakes - ranging from giving patients the wrong medication to delivering prescriptions late - may cause around 1,700 deaths annually in England and contribute to…
A doctor has been suspended from working for a year after an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath while left alone in an NHS care home. Dr Valerie Murphy was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties, who was found submerged in the…
Three quarters of NHS nurses believe that winter pressures on the NHS have hampered their ability to care for dying patients. A new poll found that 77% of nurses said that strain on the system over the colder months has had a negative effect on the quality of care they…
A "care pension" which would help cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, according to a former pensions minister. Sir Steve Webb, who is now director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the…
Care providers can now download new guidance from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to help them provide clearer cost information in their contracts for service users. Based on learning from its investigations, the Ombudsman’s guide offers good practice on how to approach Funded Nursing Care (FNC) payments and…
North Yorkshire County Council stopped paying for an elderly woman’s care home after it decided she gave away money to avoid paying the fees, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Following an investigation, the Ombudsman is now asking the council to reassess the woman’s finances and repay…
Dementia care for elderly people living in care homes is improved by just one hour of social interaction each week, a study suggests. A large-scale trial found that increasing the amount of social interaction improves quality of life when combined with personalised care, and also saves money. Previous research has…
Government plans to boost the number of trainee nurses are failing - with Ucas figures revealing a second decline in applications this year, nursing leaders have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that five years after the Francis Report blamed unsafe nurse levels for poor care at Mid…
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