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The health service in Northern Ireland is unique in the UK as the only region where it is not led by a minister. It generally faces the same challenges as in the rest of the UK, with an ageing population, increasingly complex care needs, staffing GP practices and increasing drug…
The founder of the NHS would be angry over the health inequalities that persist across the UK, the Welsh health secretary has said. But Vaughan Gething said that Welshman Aneurin Bevan, also known as the chief architect of the health service, would be "proud" of the values that underpin the…
Around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies have been made since the Oxfam sex scandal in February, the head of the Charity Commission has said. Chief executive Helen Stephenson said the number of reports made in the last four months was around the same as it received in the…
NHS nurses "don't feel able to provide the level of care they should be" due to low staffing numbers, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that nurses on the front line are "finding it increasingly difficult to do the job". In an interview with the…
Health and social care organisations are prioritising individual performance over patients, the health watchdog has warned. Local leaders should be incentivised to work together and judged on how well the system as a whole is meeting the needs of elderly people, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission…
An embattled hospital trust will remain in special measures, despite making marked progress in the last 18 months, after inspectors found four of its five criteria were below the required standard. The health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, found United Hospitals Lincolnshire NHS Trust (UHLT) had issues…
A breast cancer charity has called on the Government to tackle a "totally unacceptable" lack of care for women with the disease. Breast Cancer Care said that, in its survey of almost 3,000 women with breast cancer, 41% said they did not get the professional support they needed to cope…
An app that will mark the "death knell" of the early morning scramble to secure a GP appointment is being launched, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Patients will be able to look at their records, order repeat prescriptions and access 111 online for urgent medical queries. The app will…
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…
The independent quality regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a new series of resources – ‘Learning from safety incidents’ – to help those in charge of running health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services. Developed to share common critical issues initially…
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…
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