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The Home Office has unveiled proposed new rules for police on treatment of female detainees after warnings forces were failing to meet required standards. Ministers are consulting on plans to bolster codes of practice to ensure menstruating women in custody are treated with dignity. Earlier this year a watchdog suggested…
The current law on involving and informing the relatives or carers of people detained against their will on mental health grounds is not working well, according to new research. A team from the University of Exeter reviewed research about patient, carer and professional experiences of the "nearest relative" provisions in…
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…
The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 40% from 5,368 in May 2010 to 3,247 in April 2018, figures from NHS Digital show. Many patients may end up being…
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.…
A paediatrician convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock said she was "very pleased" after winning her bid to be reinstated to the medical register. Hadiza Bawa-Garba (pictured) fought a decision made in January by two High Court judges to substitute erasure for the lesser…
An innovative idea to treat people earlier for illnesses like flu and chest infections has led to patients in one area avoiding 17,000 nights in hospital and the NHS saving £7 million to be reinvested back into patient care. The iCares system in Sandwell in the West Midlands flags people…
A new NHS whistleblowing service to prevent patient harm needs to be fully independent, MPs have warned. Plans to establish a Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) to investigate cases of compromised patient safety have been supported by a joint Lords and Commons committee. But proposals to allow the HSSIB…
A decision to suspend rather than strike off a doctor found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a six-year-old boy was "humane and balanced", the Court of Appeal has heard. Hadiza Bawa-Garba (pictured) is fighting a decision made in January by two High Court judges to substitute…
Twenty-three people died in or following police custody last year - the highest number for a decade. Figures from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) show there were nine more police custody deaths in 2017/18 than the previous year. The number was the highest since 2007/2008, when there were…
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…
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