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A steep rise in the number of detentions of mentally unwell people could be a sign that the health service is under "considerable pressure", health inspectors have warned. In the decade to 2015/16 the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act increased by 40%. A new review into such…
The Welsh Government has failed to take the action it promised in a number of key areas to drive up the quality of life of older people living in care homes in Wales, according to a new report published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. The new report…
Youngsters are being "disadvantaged most" by cuts to public health services, leading children's doctors have said. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said there had been "destructive" reductions in preventive services. A year on from its State of Child Health report, the RCPCH has examined how officials…
Millions of asthma patients are not getting basic levels of care, a charity has claimed. Not getting basic levels of care can lead to fatal consequences, Asthma UK said. But its latest poll found that two thirds (65%) said they were not getting at least one element of basic care,…
Doctors' leaders have expressed concern over "widespread" rota gaps. The British Medical Association said that staffing and financial pressures facing the NHS were leading to delays in treatment and doctors "juggling" large numbers of patients. The comments came after a poll of 900 doctors from across the UK found many…
Social care users from across Northern Ireland are to benefit from the launch of ‘Easy Read’ versions of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council’s (NISCC) Standards of Conduct and Practice for Social Workers and Social Care Workers. The easy read standards have been specifically developed for service users, to enable…
An updated plan to improve respiratory health in Wales has been launched today by the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. It sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for respiratory services in Wales and identifies the actions the NHS in Wales will take in response. The plan will focus on delivering care…
Half of heart attack survivors are missing out on a potentially life-saving service, a charity has found. New research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found the average uptake of cardiac rehabilitation was 51%, or 68,500 people, in 2015/16. This means that just under half of patients are missing out…
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