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The mother of a four-year-old girl who died from a meningococcal infection hours after she was sent home from hospital has told a coroner: "I took her away to die." Gracie Foster (pictured) went into Chesterfield Royal Hospital, in Derbyshire, for a routine tonsil removal operation three years ago but…
The health watchdog has taken action after an inspection at a hospital brought up a "number of concerns" surrounding its A&E department, particularly with regard to whether staff were identifying patients with suspected sepsis effectively. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said inspectors also found that care records were not always…
Neglect by a children's hospital led to the death of a toddler who was left waiting days for emergency surgery, an inquest has found. Kayden Urmston-Bancroft, aged 20 months, was admitted to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on April 12 2016 for surgery on a diaphragmatic hernia but suffered a…
A former Swansea social worker has been given an admonishment for three years after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct. Fraser Scott was accused of failing to fully investigate bruising on a young person in care following an incident in October 2015. At…
Installing CCTV in the common parts of care homes would provide a "powerful tool" for helping prevent abuse and improve standards, a Tory former attorney general has said. Dominic Grieve QC (pictured) raised concerns about what more could be done to improve safety and security in care homes, adding that…
The removal of financial incentives for GPs has been linked with a decline in performance by a new study. Researchers said an "immediate" reduction recorded across 12 quality measures they studied may be partly accounted for by changes to doctors' methods of documentation. However, they said declines in measures involving…
Council social services bosses have apologised to a mother-of-three who says she went through "five months of absolute hell" after limits were unfairly placed on when she could see her children. Lawyers representing the woman say Cumbria County Council staff wrongly restricted the amount of contact she could have with…
Social services bosses at a London council have been criticised by a judge over the way they handled a case involving a severely-disabled Colombian woman who was living in England but wanted to be cared for in South America. Mr Justice Newton said the woman had suffered a cardiac arrest…
A nursery in Paisley has must make urgent improvements in the quality of care and learning experienced by children, inspectors have warned.The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Angels Day Nursery following an inspection which raised concerns.The notice lists six areas which require urgent improvement including staffing…
Children with cancer are having to travel twice as far and spend twice as much on journeys for treatment than adults, research has revealed. Children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent found young cancer patients and their families face average travel costs of £180 a month for their "cancer commute" of getting…
Dozens of cases of poor care have reportedly been found at a maternity unit already under investigation for failing families. More than 60 babies and mothers are feared to have died or suffered serious injuries at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ). Senior midwife…
Nearly a quarter of ambulance trusts have no systems for holding advance care plans for patients, a charity has warned. Compassion in Dying, which helps people prepare for the end of life, said this could result in paramedics not being aware of, and therefore failing to respect, a patient's stated…
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