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A specialist judge involved in an independent review of mental health legislation has said tribunals need more powers to help people to be cared for outside hospitals.Anselm Eldergill, a judge in the Court of Protection, said evidence suggests that mental health tribunals have become more risk-averse and interpret rules relating…
A patient in their last year of life is admitted to hospital as an emergency case every 20 seconds, a charity has said.New analysis from the terminal illness charity Marie Curie suggests that one in every four patients admitted to hospital as an emergency case across England, Wales and Scotland…
A total of 221 young Scots have been waiting more than a year for specialist help with mental health problems, new figures have shown.NHS statistics also disclosed there were 197 cases where children with such conditions were treated on adult wards in 2017-18.In 255 cases, patients were admitted to specialist…
Some NHS 111 patients are to be booked appointments with their local pharmacist, officials have said.Patients in London with minor illnesses who call the NHS helpline can be sent to a nearby pharmacy instead of seeing a doctor.NHS England said specially trained 111 operators can refer patients with minor health…
Police have been left to pick up the pieces amid a national crisis in mental health care, a watchdog report has warned.Stretched forces are responding to tens of thousands of cases that would be better dealt with by other agencies, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)…
All bodies involved in the integration of health and social care services need to work together better if it is to make a “meaningful difference” to people in Scotland, according to a report.A new publication from public spending watchdog Audit Scotland found there is still a long way to go…
A private company hired to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England has been slammed after it emerged that more than 40,000 women had not been sent the appropriate smear test information.The British Medical Association (BMA) claimed that up to 48,500 women have not received information regarding cervical…
Health and social care services in Clackmannanshire and Stirling are performing well at present but need to work together more effectively as partners to meet the needs of people in their communities, now and in the future.That is the key message from a joint inspection carried out by inspectors from…
Also known as bed-blocking, delayed discharge happens when patients are medically fit to return home but unable to leave hospital, frequently due to the lack of a social care package.Official statistics show 1,529 people were affected at the September census point, the most since October 2016 when 1,576 patients were…
NHS Scotland is planning to consolidate its IT systems into one in a move it hopes will cut waiting times and improve patient care. The health service has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring together more than one hundred separate computer systems into one with the aim of improving…
The spending decisions and leadership of key organisations set up to transform care in Scotland have been questioned by MSPs. Holyrood’s Health Committee has been examining the work of integration authorities (IAs), which were established in 2016 to bring together health and social care in to a single, integrated system.…
Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £1.7m funding for a Cwmtawe project to develop new models of health and social care.The funding comes from the £100m Transformation Fund to support key actions from the Welsh Government’s long term plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales.The Cwmtawe Cluster…
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