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There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients who have waited more than a year for NHS care in England, according to a new report which paints a bleak picture of the NHS' performance and finances. More than 2,600 people have waited more than a year for…
Tessa Jowell's battle to improve care for cancer patients in her final days as she was dying from a brain tumour is to be shown on television. Behind the scenes footage recorded in April and early May with the former culture secretary, a driving force behind the 2012 Olympics, will…
Action is needed to "keep patients safe" in A&Es, the health watchdog has warned. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that safety is a "key area of concern" in urgent and emergency care departments - with almost two thirds (64%) not performing well enough in terms of patient safety. As…
A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning Disability Awards are run by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely…
A care home for older people in Inverurie has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Garioch care home following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists three areas which require urgent…
GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly 17% said they had to turn down patients attempting to see a GP for a routine matter. Some GPs have…
NHS patients are "reluctant refugees" forced to seek private care due to the deterioration of the service, Labour has claimed. Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth accused the Conservatives of pushing the health service into a "level of crisis" which has forced people to seek treatment elsewhere. MPs heard that advertisements…
A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whose mother had been placed in a BUPA care home by Liverpool City Council (pictured), said she was banned by…
More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are preventable. A new study, led by experts from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, found in some cases this even resulted in patients…
The London Ambulance Service has been taken out of special measures after improving its rating from "inadequate" to "good". The Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Wednesday released a report which rates the organisation as "good" overall and "outstanding" for patient care. The report said that staff often went above and…
A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to diagnose her bladder cancer, according to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman concluded that with prompt and proper investigations, Mrs…
The death of a pensioner who was murdered by a neighbour just days after he was discharged from a psychiatric unit was preventable, a review has concluded. Daniel Atkins, who suffered significant mental health problems, was discharged on a Friday - when mental health support services are harder to access…