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Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategies of 4% of Health and Wellbeing Boards, according to analysis conducted by experts at King's College London. Meanwhile only half of…
Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill an unopposed second reading, they criticised some of its provisions and called for "radical" changes during later stages.…
The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range of professionals who support people with learning disabilities have the…
A hospice boss who used the charity's credit to spend more than £90,000 on suits, designer Mont Blanc pens and luxury hotels has been jailed for four years. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 63, would not allow other staff at Butterwick Hospice to open the credit card bills and put the personal expenditure…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations will be jailed when he is sentenced for a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight…
The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the letter in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) to mark Children's Hospice Week. The national awareness initiative is…
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…
A hospice boss whose arrest cost the charity £100,000 in lost donations is facing jail after he admitted a long-running fraud. Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice by using its credit card for his personal expenditure over nearly eight years. He…
An ambulance crew went "above and beyond" to allow an elderly husband an emotional reunion with his wife who suffers from dementia. The two ambulance workers, based in Ipswich, Suffolk, were taking the 92-year-old man from his home to a hospice when he told them about his wife. "His only…
A simple bedside chart can help reduce pain among cancer patients, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh worked with doctors to develop the Edinburgh Pain Assessment and management Tool (EPAT) - a pen and paper chart which medical staff used to regularly record pain levels in…
The Prince of Wales described a children's hospice in South Wales as "remarkable" during a visit to meet children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Charles was in good spirits as he toured Ty Hafan in Sully, near Cardiff, chatting, asking questions and sharing a joke with some of the…
More than 200 million medication errors are made in the NHS every year and could lead to the deaths of thousands of people, researchers say. Mistakes - ranging from giving patients the wrong medication to delivering prescriptions late - may cause around 1,700 deaths annually in England and contribute to…
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