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An adult care home manager has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her misconduct. Rachel Hooton was accused of multiple failings at the two care homes she managed in Pembrokeshire, both of…
Criminals are being sentenced to "worsened health" when they are sent to prison, a new report suggests. The Health and Social Care Select Committee said poorer health is "too often the outcome" for inmates as a result of "overstretched staff, overcrowding and poor facilities". MPs on the committee have penned…
It is becoming "more and more" difficult" for patients to access health and care services, inspectors have warned. Patients are generally getting good care when they can access it, but are struggling to access services, MPs were told. Care Quality Commission (CQC) leaders told the Health and Social Care Committee…
A social worker bought a homeless 17-year-old boy a tent to live in, a watchdog has found. Cornwall Council even provided the "vulnerable" teenager with a replacement tent after the first one started leaking. After approaching the council for help, the boy lived in the tent for five weeks, then…
The crisis in England's care system is escalating - with overworked staff not even having the time to take elderly people to the toilet or give them a wash, according to a new report.Unison said there was an urgent need for "real investment" to tackle issues such as staff shortages.A…
The NHS in Scotland is not financially sustainable and its performance has continued to decline, Scotland’s public spending watchdog warned.A new Audit Scotland report found health boards were “struggling to break even” and said no part of the country had met all of the key national targets for the service…
Jeane Freeman has announced more than £650 million of additional funding will be used to try to cut NHS waiting times after telling MSPs: “Some people are waiting too long to receive the care they need.”The Health Secretary outlined a phased action plan she said would deliver a “sustainable and…
Health inspectors have been forced to take "urgent action to protect people" at a beleaguered hospital trust.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was taking action at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust following inspections at its maternity and emergency departments.It comes after it emerged more than 100 cases of…
The Government still lacks an effective overall strategy to integrate the health and social care sectors, while financial pressures on local authorities mean there is "no realistic prospect of progress", MPs have warned.The country's ageing population has led to a widespread consensus that integration and joint working is the right…
NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing, states that while nursing positions rose by 0.5% between December 2015 to December 2017, the number of healthcare assistants rose by 6.5%.The…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budget, leading British healthcare groups warned that more money needs to be ploughed into social care and public health…
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