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Failures to follow guidelines and best practice in hospitals is contributing to incidents of newborn death and brain-damage, a new report claims.The Each Baby Counts study found nearly three quarters of affected babies might have had a different outcome through the right maternity unit care.For the study The Royal College…
A hospital trust has been placed into special measures after it emerged that more than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed.NHS Improvement confirmed on Thursday that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been placed into special measures following recommendations from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).Ian…
New data released by Public Health Wales shows that despite an overall decrease in hospital admissions for illicit drugs, the number of cocaine-related hospital admissions has increased by 114 per cent in the last five years to 2017-18. This increase has been observed in all age groups from young people…
England's top doctor has called on the NHS to use more technology and innovation to reduce the thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments carried out every day.NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis said health leaders should embrace technology such as Skype, apps and online tools so patients can avoid hospital…
Also known as bed-blocking, delayed discharge happens when patients are medically fit to return home but unable to leave hospital, frequently due to the lack of a social care package.Official statistics show 1,529 people were affected at the September census point, the most since October 2016 when 1,576 patients were…
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…
Fresh concerns have been raised over a nursing shortfall post-Brexit after a new review found that Britain could be left an additional 10,000 nurses short.In England, the latest nursing vacancy rate figure is 41,722.A new report explores the trends in the health and social care sector's workforce, including the role…
A struggling health board has been criticised after an official report revealed it is looking to shed 10% of its workforce. NHS Tayside is aiming to shed around 1,300 members of staff as part of efforts to balance the books, through “natural staff turnover”. It comes despite the Scottish Government…
Almost 1,000 children have been transferred from St John’s Hospital (SJH) in Livingston to Edinburgh for treatment due to closures at the children’s ward. The paediatric ward at the West Lothian hospital has been closed to out-of-hours inpatients since July 2017 due to staff shortages. The ward was hit by…
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…
Almost two in five doctors believe there is a "problem" with bullying in their work place, medics have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) said that bullying and harassment are causing lasting harm to doctors and their careers. And the impact on patient care and safety is "serious", the union…
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has described Scotland's share of increased NHS spending as an "insult" to the service and its patients. She told MSPs the Scottish Government had been "short-changed" by the Chancellor to the tune of £54.5 million. Philip Hammond's Budget took forward plans to increase funding for the…
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