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Hospitals are "falling short" on providing proper care to dying people in their final days and hours, a new review has found. There are "significant" variations in care provided by hospitals across England, according to the National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals but experts have said that major…
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has called the findings of the Review into care at two hospitals, run by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, a “damning indictment of failures in the most basic of care for older people”. Health Minister Mark Drakeford has ordered an immediate review of…
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has ordered an immediate review of the care of elderly patients at Welsh hospitals following the publication of an independent report into the Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot hospitals. The report – Trusted to Care – by Professor June Andrews and Mark Butler, found…
A Labour government would put an extra £100 million into GP surgeries in England to pay for an additional three million appointments a year and guarantee NHS patients can see a doctor within 48 hours, Ed Miliband has announced. Mr Miliband said the cash would come from abolishing the market…
The NHS is wasting billions of pounds of public money by failing to tackle diabetes early enough, experts have warned. The disease costs the health service nearly £10 billion a year, but the vast majority of this cash is spent on tackling complications that arise from the illness such as…
The number of patients getting an infection while receiving NHS care is "unacceptably high", health officials have warned. Healthcare-associated infections are a "very real threat" to patients, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said. One in every 16 people treated in the NHS picks up an infection,…
More money must be ploughed into the NHS or there could be "significant cuts to services", a health charity has warned. The King's Fund said the next government will need to find more funds for the health service or accept the cuts. The warning comes after its latest report on…
The performance gap between the NHS in England and the rest of the UK has narrowed in recent years, despite considerable differences in policy in each country, a wide-ranging report found. The joint study by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation revealed that England performs marginally better across a…
The ambulance service is on the verge of "breaking down" because staff are suffering high levels of stress amid long working hours and tight targets, according to a new report. A survey of 1,300 ambulance staff by Unison found that one in five described their work-life balance as "terrible". A…
A nurse has appeared in court accused of the murder of three people. Victorino Chua, 48, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the three-minute hearing at Manchester Magistrates' Court. He was charged following a lengthy investigation by police at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, where he…
Forty extra nursing posts are to be appointed following the review of staffing levels at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. The jobs will be distributed between the accident and emergency (A&E) department which will have fifteen new nurses and the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) which will appoint 25 new…
Cuts to social care services, particularly for the elderly, could be putting “unsustainable” pressures on carers and the NHS, a report warns today. The National Audit Office (NAO) study finds around three-quarters of the reduction in spending on social care by local authorities has come from cuts to the amount…