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More than 260,000 diabetes inpatients experienced a medication error during their hospital stay last year - putting them at risk of lasting harm or death, a report has warned.The charity Diabetes UK said that of these, 9,600 diabetes inpatients experienced a serious and potentially life-threatening episode of hypoglycaemia because of…
A shortage of nursing staff is hampering the delivery of a comprehensive mental health service at a Scottish prison, it has been found. Inspectors said much has been done to improve the situation at HMP & YOI Grampian in Peterhead since its standard of health and well-being was graded poor…
The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities has risen by 50% in hospitals, figures show. Restraints in this setting were used a total of 15,065 times in England in 2016, according to data obtained by BBC Radio 4's File On 4, rising to 22,620 in 2017. The use…
An 18-year-old girl has been awarded almost £20 million in compensation in what is believed to be a record payout by the NHS. The teenager suffered catastrophic brain injuries after being starved of oxygen as a baby when doctors failed to properly ventilate her. The girl, who cannot be named,…
Further cuts in the number of beds in Scotland’s hospitals could have an “adverse effect” on the care provided, a doctors’ organisation has warned. Professor Derek Bell, the president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, spoke out after official figures showed a further drop in the number of…
NHS whistleblowers have uncovered a human trafficking ring as well as exposed a hospital which left just one doctor in charge of hundreds of patients overnight, according to a new report. An increasing number of NHS staff have been raising concerns with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians - roles created…
The number enduring lengthy waits for some surgical procedures in Northern Ireland was higher than in England this year, NHS statistics revealed. More than 10,000 patients were on the list for over a year for non-urgent procedures, statistics researched by Ulster Unionist health spokesman Roy Beggs said. The equivalent in…
The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash has apologised to her family and vowed the same mistake cannot happen again. Joan Blaber died six days after drinking the cleaning fluid at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton last…
A hospital trust sent out an "extremely misleading" letter to public figures as the inquest into the death of a patient was due to open because they were worried about press coverage. Brighton and Hove senior coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley criticised the trust for its handling of the "worrying matter". She…
The jury at the inquest into the death of Joan Blaber criticised the hospital's management for failings which they say could have led to her "safety being compromised". The conclusion in full says: "Joan Catherine Blaber died six days after ingesting cleaning fluid on 17th September 2017 in the following…
Almost 4,000 women were identified in 2016 as not having been sent routine invitations for breast screening, an MSP has highlighted. Conservative MSP Jamie Greene raised the figures, contained in a review published in December that year by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), as he sought assurances the screening programme’s IT…
Staffing levels in the NHS are "inadequate" for patients to be receiving quality care, a major new poll of doctors suggest. A survey of more than 7,800 clinicians from across the UK found that 91% feel staffing levels in the NHS are inadequate to deliver quality patient care. The poll,…
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