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A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classed as those who call at least five times in a month, or at least 12 times in three…
Stress and anxiety-related hospital admissions are costing the NHS more than £70 million a year, a think tank has warned. The New Economics Foundation said its analysis shows there were 17,500 episodes where stress or anxiety was the primary cause for hospital admission, leading to 165,800 days where beds were…
A private company hired to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England failed to deliver on key aspects of its service which potentially put patient safety at risk, according to a new report. Capita, which has been contracted to provide various support services across England including a role…
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…
Health inspectors have told a hospital trust it must do more to protect patients after an elderly woman is thought to have accidentally swallowed cleaning fluid and died. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals said Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust must take further steps to protect people in its…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
A man who impersonated a doctor to sexually assault a pregnant woman has been jailed, police have announced. Gregory Boyle, 58, was imprisoned for six years and four months on Wednesday for the attack at Princess Royal University Hospital, Scotland Yard said. Police said the victim's partner had worked at…
More than 6,000 visa applications for highly skilled workers like scientists, IT specialists and doctors with job offers in the UK were refused because of a Government-imposed cap on numbers, it has been revealed. The refusals came between December 2017 and March 2018 and were the result of an annual…
The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has today published its Lessons Learned Review into handling by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of concerns about midwives’ fitness to practise at the Furness General Hospital (FGH). These concerns date back to 2004. This Review, commissioned by the Secretary…
Lives were "undoubtedly put at risk" when a health regulator ignored information supplied to it by the police about practising midwives, bereaved families have said. The comments come after a "damning" report was released about the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) handling of the cases of midwives involved in the…
The Royal Voluntary Service is pledging to increase support in the NHS as it celebrates its 80th anniversary. The organisation was founded in 1938 as the Women's Voluntary Service, to help recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) movement and help civilians during and after air raids. The RVS…
Health chiefs have condemned "another mindless act of vandalism" against staff after an ambulance window was smashed as a young child was being treated inside. North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) issued photographs of the damage which showered shards of glass on the floor of the vehicle and the damaged window.…
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