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Hospitals face running out of drugs in a chaotic no-deal Brexit, the group that represents NHS hospital and ambulance service has privately warned. Poor co-ordination by ministers and health service bosses means there has been a failure to prepare for the UK to be left without a Brexit deal, a…
The majority of hospitals across England have stopped receiving paper referrals for patients in need of outpatient appointments, new data shows. NHS Digital said that 88% of trusts are receiving referrals for first outpatient appointments through the NHS e-Referral Service. The NHS in England has been challenged to switch to…
Ambulance crews have pleaded with disgruntled residents not leave rude notes on their vehicles as it "upsets" staff. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said they responded to a genuine emergency in Leicester, during which a note was put on the windscreen. The handwritten note said the ambulance had been blocking…
Hospital admissions for alcohol-related emergency care and chronic illness are significantly higher in areas with the most pubs, bars and clubs, research has found. The density of restaurants and other outlets selling alcohol was also linked to admission rates in England, according to the study published in journal Addiction. Authorities…
The NHS in England has saved an additional 1,600 patients with severe injuries since a series of major trauma centres were established six years ago. The 27 designated major trauma centres have been operating since April 2012, playing a vital role in saving the lives of victims of knife, gun…
Nursing has been left in "managed decline" due to decisions over funding, it has been warned, as figures show a further drop in student numbers. The number of nursing students from England taking places at UK universities has fallen by 4% from last year and 11% since 2016 when bursaries…
A man has been charged with murdering a nurse who performed on Britain's Got Talent in an NHS choir. Desmond Sylva, 40, was charged on Thursday over the death of 31-year-old Simonne Kerr (pictured) who was found fatally stabbed in her home in Battersea, south-west London, Scotland Yard said. The…
A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland argued the decision by ministers, surrounding the use of the drug misoprostol, was "unlawful"…
An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week have been delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish Government said 52,065 baby boxes have been gifted to date, with an 85% uptake by parents. The latest survey showed 100% satisfaction with the box, which…
An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical company to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS. Orkambi received its European licence exactly 1,000 days ago, but the National Institute of Care and Excellence (Nice) has not recommended it for…
A GP who secretly took thousands of videos and images of female patients during appointments was told he had breached their trust as he was jailed for 14 months. One victim claimed that Dr Thair Altaii "will never know the true damage that he has caused to my life", while…
Auditors have warned increasing evidence indicates parts of Scotland lack adequate numbers of intensive care beds. An audit of more than 46,000 patients admitted to specialist wards for the most severely ill or injured last year found the quality of critical care is high but bed shortages are causing problems.…
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