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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…
Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients in the UK from today. Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced last month that new regulations would come into force on Thursday, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which the products can be given to patients. The move follows several…
A neurology review sparked by concerns about a consultant's work has cost around £1 million so far, Northern Ireland's department of health said. A total of 3,544 former patients of Dr Michael Watt have been or are in the process of being recalled. Many have epilepsy. Patients who were being…
The NHS will adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to violence against its staff, the Health Secretary has announced. Matt Hancock will set out a series of measures to protect workers in England as it emerged almost one in eight experienced violence in the last year. He said it was "unacceptable"…
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…
It is becoming "more and more" difficult" for patients to access health and care services, inspectors have warned. Patients are generally getting good care when they can access it, but are struggling to access services, MPs were told. Care Quality Commission (CQC) leaders told the Health and Social Care Committee…
A cash boost for mental health services will "end the stigma which has forced too many to suffer in silence", the Chancellor said. Philip Hammond said he hoped the extra money would also end "the tragedy of too many lives lost to suicide". Plans to boost NHS funding were announced…
The spending decisions and leadership of key organisations set up to transform care in Scotland have been questioned by MSPs. Holyrood’s Health Committee has been examining the work of integration authorities (IAs), which were established in 2016 to bring together health and social care in to a single, integrated system.…
MPs have written to Northern Ireland's health chief to express concerns that cancer services in the region are falling behind the rest of the UK.Members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said they were concerned about screening services, waiting times and the lack of an up-to-date cancer strategy.Committee chair Dr…
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…
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