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Young people with mental disorders are being let down by under-ambitious NHS treatment targets, experts have warned as they shunned the "snowflake generation" label. Researchers claimed adolescents and students are not more emotionally brittle than their parents, instead "more likely to talk about anxieties and worries". Consultant psychiatrist Dr Rachel…
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…
A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
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…
A "sociable little girl" who has modelled for Boden is set to receive a multimillion pound NHS payout for injuries she suffered during her traumatic birth. Holly Greenhow, now 12, was deprived of oxygen for 35 minutes during her birth at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, in November 2005. As…
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…
The Government's promise of a £20 billion boost for the NHS will put debt on an "unsustainable upward trajectory" without tax rises or spending cuts to pay for it, the Office for Budget Responsibility has warned. A fiscal "tightening" totalling around £111 billion in today's money could be needed in…
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.…
Patients who smoke are being "discriminated against" with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "prioritising saving money over saving lives and flouting the basic principles…
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