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A retired paramedic has told an inquest he did "make mistakes" in the way that he treated a mother who suffered a cardiac arrest following family court proceedings. Gary Long was the first medical professional to treat Hayley Gascoigne, who suddenly collapsed in the upper concourse of Hull Combined Court…
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,…
Northern Ireland's Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, has said public concern over the quality of care home provision must be addressed. Mr Pengelly was speaking after convening a summit attended by senior officials from the Department, HSC trusts and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)…
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…
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…
The NHS is a consistently below-average performer for some major illnesses, a new report has found. It is not doing as well as its counterparts at saving the lives of patients with many of the most common and lethal illnesses, according to an analysis by leading think tanks. The report,…
A foster carer who sued her former agency over allegations that prevented her from working has accepted substantial damages at the High Court. Francine West brought proceedings for defamation, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act against 24Seven Fostering Services. Her solicitor, Dominic Garner, told Judge Richard Parkes…
An adult care home manager from Swansea has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a fitness to practise panel found he put individuals in his care in unwarranted risk of harm. The Social Care Wales hearing was told that Ashley Bowen, who managed the now-closed St…
Criminal charges could be brought following "truly shocking" revelations that the lives of more than 450 people had been shortened by the prescribing and administering of opioids without medical justification at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital. A damning report found an additional 200 patients were "probably" similarly affected between 1989…
Concerns about the care of older patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital have been the subject of scrutiny since 1998. Families of those who died have persistently sought a full and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of their relatives and the care they received prior to death.…
Here is the full text of Bishop James Jones's statement on the publication of the report of the Gosport Independent Panel: Institutionalised practice of the shortening of lives The documents reveal at Gosport War Memorial Hospital from 1989 to 2000 an institutionalised practice of the shortening of lives through prescribing…
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