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South East Coast Ambulance Service is to remain in special measures despite showing improvements in care, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).A team of inspectors from CQC visited the service which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex between July and September 2018 to check the quality of…
A mother left traumatised by her disabled daughter's difficult birth has been awarded more than £75,000 in damages by a High Court judge.The woman, who cannot be identified, suffered a psychiatric injury following the birth of her daughter at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, in 2012.The baby was…
Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
The Care Quality Commission has taken enforcement action to cancel the registration of Viewpark Care Home and are now no longer legally allowed to provide care at their service in Moston Lane, Moston, Manchester.Inspectors visited the home in November 2016 and found residents were at risk of serious harm, three…
England's chief care inspector has warned of "shocking" failings over people in care homes.Andrea Sutcliffe, the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care, said some care services had put patients at risk of "harm and potentially death".She also lambasted some services people receive at home, saying that…
NHS Scotland is planning to consolidate its IT systems into one in a move it hopes will cut waiting times and improve patient care. The health service has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring together more than one hundred separate computer systems into one with the aim of improving…
An adult care home manager has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her misconduct. Rachel Hooton was accused of multiple failings at the two care homes she managed in Pembrokeshire, both of…
Criminals are being sentenced to "worsened health" when they are sent to prison, a new report suggests. The Health and Social Care Select Committee said poorer health is "too often the outcome" for inmates as a result of "overstretched staff, overcrowding and poor facilities". MPs on the committee have penned…
It is becoming "more and more" difficult" for patients to access health and care services, inspectors have warned. Patients are generally getting good care when they can access it, but are struggling to access services, MPs were told. Care Quality Commission (CQC) leaders told the Health and Social Care Committee…
A social worker bought a homeless 17-year-old boy a tent to live in, a watchdog has found. Cornwall Council even provided the "vulnerable" teenager with a replacement tent after the first one started leaking. After approaching the council for help, the boy lived in the tent for five weeks, then…
The crisis in England's care system is escalating - with overworked staff not even having the time to take elderly people to the toilet or give them a wash, according to a new report.Unison said there was an urgent need for "real investment" to tackle issues such as staff shortages.A…
The NHS in Scotland is not financially sustainable and its performance has continued to decline, Scotland’s public spending watchdog warned.A new Audit Scotland report found health boards were “struggling to break even” and said no part of the country had met all of the key national targets for the service…
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