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More than half of mental health practitioners say the proportion of time they are spending on patients' non-health issues such as money problems and housing has increased over the past year. Some 57% of staff reported feeling this way, Citizens Advice found. More than four in five (84%) mental health…
A spike in cases of norovirus has seen more than 800 hospital beds closed per day last week, latest official figures show. NHS England also said 10,800 patients had to wait more than 30 minutes to be seen after arriving at accident and emergency departments by ambulance, with more than…
A large number of patients are not getting the follow-up care they are entitled to after a dementia diagnosis, a charity has said. New analysis by charity Age UK found that thousands of people with the condition do not have a current care plan - a document which sets out…
A health campaign is being launched urging parents to treat their local pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses in their children, instead of visiting their GP or A&E. NHS England said there are 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions…
Scottish health boards have launched a global recruitment drive for radiologists. Nine boards are looking to fill 32 vacancies by advertising in Western Europe, India, Australia, the USA and Canada. The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) welcomed what it described as a “much-needed international drive to boost radiologist numbers”. Ayrshire…
Some hip fracture patients are having to wait up to 80 days for a physiotherapist to visit them at home after being discharged from hospital, a union has warned. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) said patients are facing unacceptable variations in care, with the amount of rehabilitation patients receive…
A coroner has concluded that gross failure by a hospital contributed to the death of a man whose severe constipation meant he had to have 10kg of faeces removed from his bowels. Richard Handley, 33, who had Downs Syndrome and was from Lowestoft, Suffolk, died from a cardiac arrest in…
Hundreds of patients who called NHS 111 over winter have been seen by pharmacists, new figures show. Since December more than 1,200 patients who called the urgent care phone line with less serious illnesses or injuries were sent to see pharmacists instead of seeing GPs or being sent to A&E.…
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