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England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) warned, and could fall further behind if current trends continue. Projections identify "the danger…
Myths about physical activity being harmful for disabled people should be dispelled, according to a report. Disabled adults are twice as likely to be inactive than non-disabled adults, with potentially around 3.5 million disabled adults at greater risk of poor health due to inactivity, Public Health England said. The review…
GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups. Announcing an extra £1.8 million for…
A man left paralysed after leaving A&E following "misleading" advice from a hospital receptionist will receive damages after winning a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Michael Darnley was wrongly told he faced a five-hour wait at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London, where he was taken after being struck over…
Disjointed health and social care services are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments in England, the independent health regulator has warned. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) suggests there is growing "care injustice" in access to services across the country. It said "ineffective collaboration" is driving demand for…
More than 50% of new mothers suffering from mental health problems feel they cannot raise the issue at postnatal check-ups. Research conducted by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) found that 60% did not discuss the issue out of embarrassment and fear the doctor would think they were not fit to…
Three NHS managers defrauded a health board out of more than £700,000 by using the names of U2 members to award contracts to a bogus construction firm, a court has heard. Mark Evill, 42, Robert Howells, 65, and Michael Cope, 43, helped secure payments to a company set up by…
A clinical waste disposal firm has been stripped of NHS contracts after allowing body parts to pile up at its facilities. Healthcare Environment Services (HES) had "failed to demonstrate that they were operating within their contractual limits," according to NHS Improvement. Health Minister Stephen Barclay told MPs that 15 NHS…
Almost a quarter of patients with a mental health problem are waiting more than three months to see an NHS specialist, leading psychiatrists have warned. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said that long waits for mental health care "have been deemed acceptable". The College's poll of 500 mental health patients…
Scotland's health secretary has told NHS whistleblowing champions to come straight to her if they are not being listened to by their health boards. Jeane Freeman said she would appoint the posts for each NHS board, amid concerns over bullying at some boards and a whistleblower resignation. Speaking at the…
A medicine which helps to improve the quality of life for patients with an aggressive form of leukaemia is one of four drugs approved for use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has accepted Gemtuzumab ozogamicin, also known as Mylotarg, for the treatment of acute myeloid…
More than 260,000 diabetes inpatients experienced a medication error during their hospital stay last year - putting them at risk of lasting harm or death, a report has warned.The charity Diabetes UK said that of these, 9,600 diabetes inpatients experienced a serious and potentially life-threatening episode of hypoglycaemia because of…
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