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Tax may need to rise to historically high levels in order to give the NHS the money it needs to cope with an ageing population, a new report suggests. A new analysis on what the NHS needs to cope with future demand shows that UK spending on healthcare will have…
NHS patients are "reluctant refugees" forced to seek private care due to the deterioration of the service, Labour has claimed. Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth accused the Conservatives of pushing the health service into a "level of crisis" which has forced people to seek treatment elsewhere. MPs heard that advertisements…
More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are preventable. A new study, led by experts from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, found in some cases this even resulted in patients…
A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to diagnose her bladder cancer, according to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman concluded that with prompt and proper investigations, Mrs…
The death of a pensioner who was murdered by a neighbour just days after he was discharged from a psychiatric unit was preventable, a review has concluded. Daniel Atkins, who suffered significant mental health problems, was discharged on a Friday - when mental health support services are harder to access…
A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classed as those who call at least five times in a month, or at least 12 times in three…
Stress and anxiety-related hospital admissions are costing the NHS more than £70 million a year, a think tank has warned. The New Economics Foundation said its analysis shows there were 17,500 episodes where stress or anxiety was the primary cause for hospital admission, leading to 165,800 days where beds were…
A private company hired to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England failed to deliver on key aspects of its service which potentially put patient safety at risk, according to a new report. Capita, which has been contracted to provide various support services across England including a role…
Brexit could drive up the cost of medicines for UK patients and the NHS and put at risk access to treatments, a parliamentary report has warned. The UK pharmaceutical industry also risks losing its status as a world leader in the sector unless a good deal is secured, the Commons…
Health inspectors have told a hospital trust it must do more to protect patients after an elderly woman is thought to have accidentally swallowed cleaning fluid and died. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals said Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust must take further steps to protect people in its…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
A man who impersonated a doctor to sexually assault a pregnant woman has been jailed, police have announced. Gregory Boyle, 58, was imprisoned for six years and four months on Wednesday for the attack at Princess Royal University Hospital, Scotland Yard said. Police said the victim's partner had worked at…
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