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Paramedics will be issued with body cameras to help protect them from violent attacks, the Health Secretary has announced. NHS staff will also be given speedier access to mental health services and physiotherapy under a support package for workers, Jeremy Hunt said. The Cabinet minister admitted staff are under "huge…
Breast reductions and operations to stop people snoring are among a list of treatments which could be cut back in plans to prevent more than 100,000 "unnecessary procedures" taking place annually. NHS England said an estimated £200 million could be saved every year by tightening criteria for treatments where "the…
Jeremy Corbyn will highlight the pressures facing GP practices and other NHS services on a visit to Scotland. The UK Labour leader will join Scottish party chief Richard Leonard for a rally in Livingston, West Lothian, in the run up to the 70th anniversary of the health service. Alongside Neil…
Women in Wales are to be allowed to take the second abortion pill at home. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the move will increase choice for women and reduce the burden on clinical resources. Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales from Friday on allowing misoprostol, the second…
An NHS scheme to drive integration between health and social care has not delivered the transformation of services originally planned, an official report has found. Much of the funding intended for the "vanguard" programme was diverted to relieve short-term financial pressures in the health service, the National Audit Office (NAO)…
Four new reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed discharge, with some patients waiting years to leave hospital. The Commission found that overall care and treatment was good, and patients generally had positive relationships with…
Health officials have issued a safety warning after it emerged that two hospital patients died after being given the wrong type of food while suffering from swallowing difficulties. Hundreds of other people with such problems could have come to harm in the same way, according to the alert. The warning,…
An NHS trust has decided to press ahead with controversial plans to set up an outsourcing company despite a strike by hundreds of workers in protest at the move. The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust said its board of directors had decided to move forward in creating WWL Solutions,…
A doctor implicated in a scandal at Gosport Memorial Hospital has said she was "doing her best" for patients. Jane Barton (pictured) said she was a "hard-working doctor" working in a "inadequately resourced" part of the NHS. A damning report into the scandal published last week concluded that hundreds of…
Tampons and sanitary towels should be provided free by the Government, leading doctors have said. The British Medical Association (BMA) backed a motion calling for an end to "period poverty" at its annual representative meeting in Brighton. Hospitals have also been urged to give in-patients access to products throughout their…
One in five doctors believe that patient safety is being "compromised" due to staffing problems, a new poll has found. An annual census of British doctors found that more than half of all consultants and two thirds of trainees reported frequent gaps in junior doctor rotas. And 20% said that…
To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on…