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The Government still lacks an effective overall strategy to integrate the health and social care sectors, while financial pressures on local authorities mean there is "no realistic prospect of progress", MPs have warned.The country's ageing population has led to a widespread consensus that integration and joint working is the right…
Stress-led absences in the NHS have risen by just under a fifth, new analysis shows.The number of staff absent due to stress, depression and anxiety has risen 17.6% between 2015/16 and 2017/18, according to statistics obtained by Labour through Freedom of Information.The equivalent of more than one million working days…
A minister has apologised after an email telling Government departments not to destroy any documents relevant to the Infected Blood Inquiry failed to send.David Lidington said no "material damage" had resulted from the administrative error and that his officials had provided a "detailed explanation" to the inquiry.The Cabinet Office Minister,…
A health board has apologised after advising staff to avoid speaking to members of the travelling community.NHS National Services Scotland sent an internal memo to staff at its staff at Gyle Square, Edinburgh, regarding local travellers.The memo said the board planned to lock all facilities over the weekend having been…
Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced the first project to be backed by the £100m Transformation Fund, to develop new models of health and social care. Developed by the Cardiff and Vale Regional Partnership Board, the Me, My Home, My Community project integrates health and social care to bring…
Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £5 million will be spent this financial year to help relieve pressure on critical care units across Wales this winter. The £5m is part of the new £15m annual funding for critical care the Welsh Government announced in July 2018. The £15m fund…
Calls have been made to introduce tougher legislation to tackle violence against public sector workers, after staff reported more than 40,000 attacks for the third consecutive year.Union Unison published figures which show employees have been subjected to 40,568 violent assaults over a 12-month period.That follows 42,241 incidents last year and…
NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing, states that while nursing positions rose by 0.5% between December 2015 to December 2017, the number of healthcare assistants rose by 6.5%.The…
MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons Science and Technology Committee made the recommendation following last year's increase in people being admitted to hospital with flu,…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
Ambulance staff in the north-east will pilot body worn video cameras following a 23% rise in reported attacks by patients this year.Around 40 North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) staff will try out the cameras in what their employer said was a first in the UK.The service said the number of…
The NHS made almost £70 million by charging staff for parking last year, it has been revealed.Figures released by NHS Digital show that trusts in England raked in £69.5 million in 2017/18 from charges and penalty fines incurred by NHS workers parking across all its sites.Unite, a union which represents…
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