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Patient care in the NHS is suffering due to vacancies in the health service, nurses have said as they called for significant investment in student funding.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) called for at least £1 billion a year to be put into nursing education.A funding boost introduced as part…
GPs made more than 1.4 million referrals for talking therapies for patients with anxiety or depression last year, new figures show.The number of referrals for talking therapy increased from 1.39 million in 2016/17 to 1.44 million in 2017/18, according to data from NHS Digital.More than a million people started treatment,…
Campaigners have gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge a proposed new payment scheme for NHS services which they claim could put the quality and safety of services at "serious risk".They are challenging NHS England's proposed change to a "fixed payment system" for providers of health services called the…
Nearly one in five NHS hospital services have failed to hit any key national waiting-time targets in the last year, analysis shows.An investigation by the BBC found that 29 hospital trusts and boards out of 157 across the UK had not hit a single target for a year.Northern Ireland was…
People affected by terrorism are being let down amid a "profound crisis" in mental health services, campaigners claim.Survivors of attacks have been forced to pay for their own treatment or wait months for an appointment, according to a report.The paper - published today by Survivors Against Terror - is based…
Health officials have called on the elderly to get their flu jab as it sought to stem fears over a shortage of the vaccine.Last week concerns were raised that over 65s could be turned away from GP surgeries after a poll found the majority of family doctors said their practice…
A major trauma centre to treat the most seriously injured patients in the east of Scotland has been opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, the centre will provide specialist care and rehabilitation to help improve patient recovery.It is the second centre to open as part…
A healthcare professional has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients as part of an investigation into allegations of mistreatment at a hospital.Lancashire Police said they had been contacted by the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on November 8 over allegations of mistreatment and neglect of patients at the…
Urgent checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after it was revealed a fake psychiatrist was allowed to practice for 22 years with no qualification.Zholia Alemi claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995.In reality, her claim to have…
Noise pollution in hospitals is regularly exceeding international recommendations, according to new research.The issue is a common concern among patients, families and staff, a study suggests.It found four in 10 (40%) patients are bothered by noise at night, which can be loud even in intensive care units.In an editorial published…
A pioneering cancer treatment has been recommended for leukaemia patients under the age of 25.CART-cell therapy involves taking a person's own immune cells and modifying them to fight their cancer cells, and has the potential to be a cure.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said young people…
A major overhaul of national cancer screening programmes will look at possible changes to currently outsourced provision following "recent issues" with breast and cervical cancer screening, NHS England has said.Screening programmes have saved hundreds of thousands of lives but improvements can always be made, and the review will look at…
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