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A hospital has launched a specialised emergency department to provide dedicated care for elderly patients.The new frailty unit was set up at Southampton General Hospital to assess and provide a treatment plan for older patients.Normally 25 people over the age of 80 attend for emergency treatment at the hospital every…
The Government is being urged to lower the retirement age for ambulance staff to 60 to bring them into line with other emergency services workers.A 250,000-name petition was handed to the Health Department in London calling for the current retirement age of 67 to be changed.The petition was started by…
Two elderly patients died after they were attacked with a walking stick by another pensioner on a hospital ward, an inquest has heard.Ken Godward, 76, and Roger Lamb, 79, died after they were beaten by 70-year-old Harry Bosomworth, who had schizophrenia, at St James's University Hospital in Leeds in February…
Baby loss charities are urging the NHS to improve "inconsistent and under-resourced" bereavement care for parents whose babies die shortly after they are born.A report by stillbirth and neonatal death charities Sands and Bliss, for babies born premature and sick, said most services lack sufficient specialist staffing input and appropriate…
The UK Government will not allow Holyrood ministers to pay £65 settled status fees for European citizens who are working in Scotland’s public services, Nicola Sturgeon has said.The First Minister has already promised her government would pick up the cost for NHS staff and other public-sector workers who have come…
The Health Secretary has committed to adding day-to-day assessments of staff needs into new legislation aimed at ensuring safe numbers of healthcare workers.Holyrood unanimously passed the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill at the first stage on Thursday, with cross-party support.The legislation was put forward following concerns about staffing levels…
Urgent action is needed to tackle the worsening performance and financial problems at NHS Tayside, according to Scotland’s public spending watchdog.Auditor general for Scotland Caroline Gardner spoke out after a new report noted the struggling health board achieved just seven out of 20 national standards in March 2018 – down…
Proposed new legislation to enshrine safe levels of health and care staff in law is expected to pass its first hurdle at Holyrood later.The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill was put forward following concerns about staffing levels and workforce planning in the NHS and by care providers.If passed, the…
Major new investment is needed to improve some of the most "dilapidated" estates in the NHS and provide more community care for the sickest and most vulnerable mental health patients, a new report said.The independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 published its findings on Thursday, setting out how…
The Government will draw up new legislation to transform mental health care for patients in crisis and give them more control of their treatment.Following the publication of the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Government has vowed to reform the legislation with a new Mental Health Bill.The…
MPs have called for a shake-up of the nursing degree apprenticeships initiative after a low take-up.The Commons Education Committee said a more flexible system was needed to boost numbers.MPs expressed concern that just 30 people began training through the scheme in the 2017-2018 academic year.The report said there was "no…
"Hostility" between surgeons at a beleaguered hospital trust led to them needing to take part in mediation to try and resolve their issues, a new report states.Health inspectors have ordered immediate action to improve services at the cardiac surgery unit at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in south-west…
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