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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…
The nursing regulator has apologised to families affected by the Morecambe Bay scandal admitting that it did not listen or act quickly enough on concerns raised about midwives. Chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Philip Graf told the Health Select Committee that gaps in what the regulator "did…
Leading surgeons have raised concerns over the rising number of local health bodies restricting a type of curative surgery. In a new audit of the care of patients in need of a groin hernia repair found that over half of England's clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are placing restrictions on access…
Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on the actions of the Health and Social Care system. The Department has appointed CPEA, an independent consultancy company which specialises in social…
The number of patients waiting longer than six months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now exceeded 200,000, figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics for May reveal that 211,324 patients waited more than six months to start planned treatment. This is 48.4% higher than the same…
The health service in Northern Ireland is unique in the UK as the only region where it is not led by a minister. It generally faces the same challenges as in the rest of the UK, with an ageing population, increasingly complex care needs, staffing GP practices and increasing drug…
The founder of the NHS would be angry over the health inequalities that persist across the UK, the Welsh health secretary has said. But Vaughan Gething said that Welshman Aneurin Bevan, also known as the chief architect of the health service, would be "proud" of the values that underpin the…
Around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies have been made since the Oxfam sex scandal in February, the head of the Charity Commission has said. Chief executive Helen Stephenson said the number of reports made in the last four months was around the same as it received in the…
NHS nurses "don't feel able to provide the level of care they should be" due to low staffing numbers, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that nurses on the front line are "finding it increasingly difficult to do the job". In an interview with the…
Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and judged on how well the system as a whole is meeting the needs of elderly people, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission…
An embattled hospital trust will remain in special measures, despite making marked progress in the last 18 months, after inspectors found four of its five criteria were below the required standard. The health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, found United Hospitals Lincolnshire NHS Trust (UHLT) had issues…
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