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Patients at a hospital in the West Midlands have had a surprise visit from Shetland ponies as part of therapy. The miniature horses, from the Phoenix Children's Foundation, based in Leicestershire, were petted and fed by stroke patients, as well as youngsters being treated by the paediatric team at Sandwell…
A new BBC Two show will follow young people volunteering in a hospital to find out if they can make a real change in the NHS. The four-part series - which has the working title The Great NHS Experiment and will air next year - was inspired by an existing…
Nurses have reported feeling exhausted, sick and dizzy as the hot weather raises temperatures in hospitals. One nurse was admitted to A&E with dehydration after working three 12-hours shifts in a row during the heatwave, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said. Earlier this week, the organisation warned that patients…
Nursing vacancies are one of the "biggest threats" facing the health service, a leading think tank has warned. One in 10 nursing posts are unfilled, the Health Foundation said. The remarks come as the nursing and midwifery regulator announced that it would be making it easier for foreign nurses to…
A decision to suspend rather than strike off a doctor found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a six-year-old boy was "humane and balanced", the Court of Appeal has heard. Hadiza Bawa-Garba (pictured) is fighting a decision made in January by two High Court judges to substitute…
Police would have interviewed a doctor accused of the "horrific" abuse of 114 children had he been alive today, a report has found. Child patients sent to Aston Hall Hospital in Derbyshire between the 1950s and 1970s have claimed they were taken to a secluded room, drugged and sexually abused…
The hiring of a private company employed to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England "was a shambles", MPs have said. In a scathing report on NHS England's outsourcing of primary care support services to Capita, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that neither party understood the service…
A judge in the specialist Court of Protection has ruled, without analysing evidence at a hearing, that a woman in a permanent vegetative state should be allowed to die. Mr Justice Williams decided that medics can withdraw feeding by artificial means after privately analysing written submissions from lawyers representing a…
The NHS estate in England is in a "dire" state, Labour has said after uncovering the number of potholes across the health service. The party said that since 2010 there have been 1,469 potholes reported across NHS trusts in England, costing at least £2,602,964 to repair. According to data obtained…
A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was being sedated when handled to reduce his agitation. They said he should move to a children's hospice and…
A health watchdog has raised concerns over how some diagnostic services are run after finding that tens of thousands of patients were caught up in backlogs. Backlogs in radiology services meant some test results at one trust were not assessed for eight months, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found. The…
Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on behalf of patients were rejected by local health bodies, according to a news article published in the British…