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A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was being sedated when handled to reduce his agitation. They said he should move to a children's hospice and…
A health watchdog has raised concerns over how some diagnostic services are run after finding that tens of thousands of patients were caught up in backlogs. Backlogs in radiology services meant some test results at one trust were not assessed for eight months, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found. The…
Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on behalf of patients were rejected by local health bodies, according to a news article published in the British…
Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategies of 4% of Health and Wellbeing Boards, according to analysis conducted by experts at King's College London. Meanwhile only half of…
The nursing regulator has apologised to families affected by the Morecambe Bay scandal admitting that it did not listen or act quickly enough on concerns raised about midwives. Chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Philip Graf told the Health Select Committee that gaps in what the regulator "did…
Leading surgeons have raised concerns over the rising number of local health bodies restricting a type of curative surgery. In a new audit of the care of patients in need of a groin hernia repair found that over half of England's clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are placing restrictions on access…
Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill an unopposed second reading, they criticised some of its provisions and called for "radical" changes during later stages.…
The number of patients waiting longer than six months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now exceeded 200,000, figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics for May reveal that 211,324 patients waited more than six months to start planned treatment. This is 48.4% higher than the same…
A woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a doctor while being treated for blood clots at Birmingham Children's Hospital has been awarded a five-figure settlement by the trust. The woman, now 26, was allegedly attacked by prolific paedophile Dr Myles Bradbury, who is serving a 16-year sentence for sex…
Abortion law in England is "no longer fit for purpose", experts have said. The president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), along with other leading reproductive health experts, has argued that the legislation governing abortion across the UK is "fragmented". They said England is "out of step"…
A nurse who was arrested on suspicion of the murders of eight babies has been bailed, police have said. Lucy Letby, 28, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants as part of a police inquiry into the…
The UK's most senior judge has called for an overhaul of mental health laws. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said it is "time for yet another Mental Health Act" to ensure the UK meets its international obligations on human rights. She said the number of people being detained under the…
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