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A Tory peer's links with pharmaceutical companies have been questioned in the Commons after she was chosen to lead a review into NHS patient concerns. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had "every confidence" that Baroness Julia Cumberlege will do a good job in examining how the health service responds…
NHS trusts are £1.2 billion in the red as they face increasing demand for services, new figures show. At the end of December, NHS providers in England reported a year-to-date deficit of £1,281 billion, which is £365 million worse than the £916 million planned deficit, according to NHS Improvement data.…
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…
A review has been launched into patient concerns about hormone pregnancy test drug Primodos, vaginal mesh and sodium valproate. Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that Baroness Julia Cumberlege will lead a review into how the NHS responds to safety concerns raised by patients about medicines or medical…
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 service user who was convicted of defrauding the health service by claiming over £9,000 in false expenses has been handed a 4 month custodial sentence at Enniskillen Magistrates Court. At a previous court hearing Vincent Barlow (53) of Florencecourt, Enniskillen was found guilty of fraud by false representation and…
A 26-year-old woman has been fined £120 after admitting telling paramedics to "move your f***king van" and leaving a foul-mouthed note on their ambulance. Kirsty Sharman pleaded guilty to a public order offence over the incident in which the crew had been responding to a 999 call from her next-door…
An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…
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