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A man left paralysed after leaving A&E following "misleading" advice from a hospital receptionist will receive damages after winning a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Michael Darnley was wrongly told he faced a five-hour wait at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London, where he was taken after being struck over…
Three NHS managers defrauded a health board out of more than £700,000 by using the names of U2 members to award contracts to a bogus construction firm, a court has heard. Mark Evill, 42, Robert Howells, 65, and Michael Cope, 43, helped secure payments to a company set up by…
A clinical waste disposal firm has been stripped of NHS contracts after allowing body parts to pile up at its facilities. Healthcare Environment Services (HES) had "failed to demonstrate that they were operating within their contractual limits," according to NHS Improvement. Health Minister Stephen Barclay told MPs that 15 NHS…
Scotland's health secretary has told NHS whistleblowing champions to come straight to her if they are not being listened to by their health boards. Jeane Freeman said she would appoint the posts for each NHS board, amid concerns over bullying at some boards and a whistleblower resignation. Speaking at the…
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…
Human body parts are among hundreds of tonnes of waste from NHS hospitals which have been allowed to pile up by a disposal company. Healthcare Environment Services Ltd has been found to be in breach of its permits at five sites in England which deal with clinical waste and a…
Scotland’s public spending watchdog has expressed “serious reservations” about the finances of two health boards which could both require to be bailed out with £22 million of government cash. Auditor General Caroline Gardner spoke about the “significant financial challenges” that both NHS Highland and NHS Ayrshire and Arran face. NHS…
An emergency £240 million will be pumped into the social care system to ease pressure on the NHS this winter. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock will use his speech at the Conservative Party conference to act to prevent hospital beds being used by people who could be better…
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…
Scotland’s first major trauma centre has opened in Aberdeen. The centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary will treat the most seriously injured patients across the north of Scotland. It is the first of four centres due to open as part of Scotland’s trauma network. The second, in Dundee, has an opening…
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,…
The Health Secretary has written to EU staff working in Scotland’s NHS to express the country’s gratitude and wish for them to stay on post-Brexit. Jeane Freeman MSP (pictured) sent a letter with less than six months to go until the UK withdraws from the EU. The Scottish Government has…
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