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A hospital trust is reportedly set to place all of its scheduled orthopaedic surgery into the hands of a private healthcare company.The Health Service Journal (HSJ) said the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UPH) has agreed an 18-month partnership with Care UK to carry out all its elective orthopaedic surgery.It…
Westminster needs to take action on some Northern Irish affairs in the absence of an administration, MPs have heard.Secretary of State Karen Bradley (pictured) moved emergency legislation aiming to bring a measure of stability to Northern Ireland's rudderless public services.But there were calls during the Commons debate for her to…
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…
Jeane Freeman has announced more than £650 million of additional funding will be used to try to cut NHS waiting times after telling MSPs: “Some people are waiting too long to receive the care they need.”The Health Secretary outlined a phased action plan she said would deliver a “sustainable and…
More than £1 billion worth of urgent repairs need to be carried out across the NHS in order to prevent "catastrophic" failures and risk to safety, figures show.Data released by NHS Digital has revealed the extent of the maintenance backlog across NHS properties in England.NHS trusts are sitting on a…
Health inspectors have been forced to take "urgent action to protect people" at a beleaguered hospital trust.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was taking action at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust following inspections at its maternity and emergency departments.It comes after it emerged more than 100 cases of…
Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £5 million will be spent this financial year to help relieve pressure on critical care units across Wales this winter. The £5m is part of the new £15m annual funding for critical care the Welsh Government announced in July 2018. The £15m fund…
NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing, states that while nursing positions rose by 0.5% between December 2015 to December 2017, the number of healthcare assistants rose by 6.5%.The…
MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons Science and Technology Committee made the recommendation following last year's increase in people being admitted to hospital with flu,…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
The NHS made almost £70 million by charging staff for parking last year, it has been revealed.Figures released by NHS Digital show that trusts in England raked in £69.5 million in 2017/18 from charges and penalty fines incurred by NHS workers parking across all its sites.Unite, a union which represents…
A council must pay a man £2,500 after it destroyed his BMW while he lay in hospital.Flintshire County Council in North Wales removed the man's car after it was left outside his home for three days while he underwent surgery.A report by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales found the…
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