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The NHS in England is in a "dangerous downward spiral" by "haemorrhaging" nurses, experts have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) urged ministers to act after new analysis concluded more than 10% of the nursing workforce left NHS employment in each of the past three years. BBC analysis of…
Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
Northern Ireland's chief nursing officer has warned that the health service cannot continue its heavy reliance on agency workers to bolster staffing levels. Professor Charlotte McArdle (pictured) also said that unless a health transformation programme is up and running within the next two to three years the already under-pressure health…
More than 600 nurses are to be recruited from the Philippines in an attempt to plug Northern Ireland's chronic nursing shortage. The region's health service is running on a shortage of 1,500 nurses - 10% below capacity - with health chiefs warning of a difficult year ahead. A lack of…
Patients become less satisfied with the care provided in hospitals if they believe there are not enough nurses on the ward, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Southampton found that only 14% of patients who reported there was never or rarely enough nurses on the hospital…
A health minister provoked shock in the Commons after saying there are "seats available" in hospitals when beds are not. Opposition MPs reacted angrily when Philip Dunne made the remark in response to being told how patients were forced to sleep on the floor. Mr Dunne also apologised to people…
A hospital where staff failings resulted in the death or significant harm of four newborn babies has been told it must make "significant improvements". North Devon District Hospital (pictured) was assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on emergency, maternity, end of life and outpatient care. In maternity care, the…
A young woman who died after taking an overdose of online diet pills did not receive appropriate care because the A&E department was too overcrowded, an inquest heard. Bethany Shipsey (pictured), a vegan and an animal rescue and welfare advocate, took the tablets containing the industrial substance DNP in February…
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