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A hospital trust has apologised after a two-year-old boy was left infertile after surgeons operated on the wrong testicle.The boy was admitted to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children earlier in the week to treat an undescended testicle.His father told the BBC that surgeons operated on the wrong one by mistake…
Over a third of health boards in Scotland need intervention after dropping below expected standards, MSPs have been told.In a letter to the health committee at Holyrood, NHS Scotland chief executive Paul Gray (pictured) said five health boards have been escalated to “Stage 3 or above” on the NHS Board…
Achieving parity of access to treatments for mental health patients compared with that for people with physical conditions will be the work of a generation, the Health Secretary has warned.Matt Hancock said he understood the urgent need to make improvements but stressed that achieving equality of access between mental and…
A young woman left infertile because her cervical cancer was not spotted for more than four years has been awarded the costs of having surrogate children in America by the Court of Appeal.Whittington Hospital NHS Trust admitted negligence in failing to detect signs of cancer, leading to the woman, known…
Reforms to make it simpler for care homes and hospitals to hold vulnerable people who cannot consent to treatment or care have cleared their first Commons hurdle - despite cross-party opposition and concern.Ministers were warned that the measures in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill could "potentially give private companies the…
The Care Inspectorate have announced the appointment of Peter Macleod as their new Chief Executive.Mr Macleod is currently Director of Children’s Services and Chief Social Worker, at Renfrewshire Council, a post he has held since January 2015. Welcoming the appointment, Paul Edie, Chair, Care Inspectorate said: “I am delighted to…
Baby loss charities are urging the NHS to improve "inconsistent and under-resourced" bereavement care for parents whose babies die shortly after they are born.A report by stillbirth and neonatal death charities Sands and Bliss, for babies born premature and sick, said most services lack sufficient specialist staffing input and appropriate…
Council social services bosses have apologised after a High Court judge criticised their handling of two cases involving children.Mr Justice Keehan complained of "incompetence and serial failings" by staff at Herefordshire Council in the handling of a case involving twins.Lawyers representing each twin had alleged breaches of the human right…
Urgent action is needed to tackle the worsening performance and financial problems at NHS Tayside, according to Scotland’s public spending watchdog.Auditor general for Scotland Caroline Gardner spoke out after a new report noted the struggling health board achieved just seven out of 20 national standards in March 2018 – down…
Proposed new legislation to enshrine safe levels of health and care staff in law is expected to pass its first hurdle at Holyrood later.The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill was put forward following concerns about staffing levels and workforce planning in the NHS and by care providers.If passed, the…
Major new investment is needed to improve some of the most "dilapidated" estates in the NHS and provide more community care for the sickest and most vulnerable mental health patients, a new report said.The independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 published its findings on Thursday, setting out how…
The Government will draw up new legislation to transform mental health care for patients in crisis and give them more control of their treatment.Following the publication of the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Government has vowed to reform the legislation with a new Mental Health Bill.The…
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