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Hospitals could see the worst ever performance for A&E waiting times this winter, a think tank has warned. The NHS aims to admit or discharge 95% of patients within four hours of arriving in emergency departments. But analysis by the Health Foundation has predicted the number of patients seen in…
New bosses at a council children's services department which was criticised by inspectors face an enormous task, a family court judge has said. Ofsted rated Gloucestershire County Council's children's services department "inadequate" in June. Local family court judge Stephen Wildblood says it is important that new interim managers get "every…
Maternity units have been urged to investigate after figures revealed differences in care for mothers and babies across Britain. Findings of the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA), the largest of its kind in the world, show the vast majority of women in England, Wales and Scotland have a safe…
Patient safety and quality of care are at risk due to a workforce gap in the NHS, health leaders have said. Workforce concerns have become the "single biggest risk facing services", according to NHS Providers, a membership body, which represents health service organisations. The gap between the number of staff…
NHS funding will be at one of the lowest rates in its history, leading think tanks have said as they called for a multi-billion pound cash injection for the health service in this month's Budget. The three health think tanks - the Health Foundation, The King's Fund and the Nuffield…
The Scottish Social Services Awards 2018 will officially open for entries next month. People working in social services across Scotland are being encouraged to start planning their entries now by checking out the 2017 winners’ films and entries. The same great categories are back: celebrating those who have the courage…
The boss of a nursing body has called on the Government to address a perceived lack of NHS care for homeless people ahead of the winter. Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said many people without a fixed address fail to register with a GP surgery,…
The NHS is heading into winter on a knife edge as half of NHS trust finance directors think patient care in their area has got worse over the past year, an influential think tank has warned. The King's Fund believes the negative outlook from 51% of finance directors, compared with…
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