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Staffing levels in the NHS are "inadequate" for patients to be receiving quality care, a major new poll of doctors suggest. A survey of more than 7,800 clinicians from across the UK found that 91% feel staffing levels in the NHS are inadequate to deliver quality patient care. The poll,…
More than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed at a beleaguered maternity unit, it has been reported. The number of cases at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust to be considered by an independent review has risen to 104, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) said. Senior midwife…
An initiative to reduce the risk of childhood sexual exploitation, a culture-change programme to improve the lives of older people in care homes and a project which had led to a significant reduction in the number of children being taken into care are among the winners of the 2018 Accolades.…
A care home for older people in East Dunbartonshire must make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Clachan of Campsie House following a complaint investigation which raised serious concerns. The notice lists six areas…
There are grave concerns about how the NHS will cope as winter approaches and the service is put under further pressure, a leading doctor has warned in response to the latest official figures. NHS England performance statistics show there were just under two million attendances to A&E departments during August,…
Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pictured) called on Ms Sturgeon to apologise for the rejected referrals during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood. In June, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman…
Almost 1,800 women are being contacted by the NHS after it emerged they were not invited for breast screening appointments. It comes after a review of the Scottish Breast Screening programme found 1,761 women aged over 70 did not receive their final screening appointment – with these being delayed for…
Crowdfunding appeals for cancer treatment are fuelling the use of alternative "quack" therapies, experts have warned. About £8 million has been raised for alternative cancer treatments on UK crowdfunding sites since 2012, according to figures published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The findings have led to calls for sites…
A second patient may have drunk cleaning fluid in the same hospital where an elderly woman died after consuming Flash, an inquest heard. Joan Blaber died six days after drinking the branded floor cleaner while she was being treated in the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton last year. The…
Some NHS staff choose not to get the flu vaccine because they wrongly believe it could make them ill, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, chief nurse for England, said some "myths" persist around the vaccine, including among NHS workers, with the "big one" being that it gives…
Sexual incidents are "commonplace" on mental health wards, a new report suggests. Patients and staff have been left distressed after receiving unwanted advances and being spoken to in a sexualised manner, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said. The regulator is calling for new national guidance to improve safety on mental…
A stroke victim accidentally drank floor cleaner which was in a water jug left at her hospital bedside by a member of staff, an inquest has heard. Joan Blaber died on September 23 last year while being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. The widow had been…
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