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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…
Promises to bring more patient care closer to home by prioritising NHS community services have fallen flat, a report has claimed. National strategies under successive governments have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes - avoiding the need for hospital treatment…
A report which looks at the way in which the integration of health and social care is impacting on the workforce in Wales has been published. Commissioned by public services trade union UNISON, and written by the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), which is based at the…
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…
Following the success of last year’s Local Investment Programme, NHS Digital and the Local Government Association have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services. A share of the £1m funding, provided by NHS Digital and managed by the LGA, with…
The Department of Health has released details of a series of important initiatives being funded under the £100m Health and Social Care transformation fund in Northern Ireland. The planned package of investments for 2018/19 includes £15m for enhancing primary care – care which is largely provided from GP practices. This…
England will become the "world leader" in mental health care for mothers and babies, a leading psychiatrist said, as the NHS announced a multimillion-pound boost for support services. Pregnant women and those with newborns will be able to access specialist community mental health support in every part of the country…
Schwartz Center Rounds® were created from an idea by Kenneth B. Schwartz - who passed away in 1995 from lung cancer, aged 40. A few months before Kenneth B. Schwartz passed away, Schwartz wrote an essay about the feelings of receiving compassionate care and shared this experience suggesting that everyone…
Charities and leading doctors have reacted with dismay to the "concerning" news that a technical blunder meant nearly half a million women were not invited to their final breast cancer screening. Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs that a "serious failure" in the screening programme meant an…
A breast cancer screening error affecting 450,000 women may have led to hundreds of lives being cut short, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed. Mr Hunt told the Commons that a "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 had meant many women aged 68 to 71 were not invited to…
Ninety percent of councils have cut funding to weight management, sexual health and addiction services in a bid to save cash, according to new research. Some areas are scrapping the services altogether, a survey of 80 councils found, leaving GPs to try to cover the gaps. Doctors have warned that…
A follow-up review of services for children and young people in South Ayrshire has said 'encouraging progress' is being made across the region. In the review published today, the Care Inspectorate said they were confident the findings of the earlier inspection were taken “very seriously” and that the South Ayrshire…
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