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New standards to give people the right to high-quality health and care services have been published for consultation today by The Scottish Government. The standards will provide a framework for all health, social work and social care provision in Scotland. They are being extended to all health and care services…
The NHS is falling hundreds of millions of pounds short in its its ambition to claw back money lost through health tourism, a report has revealed. Analysis from the National Audit Office (NAO) showed that while hospital trusts in England were getting back more money from foreign visitors who were…
Maternity care at almost three-quarters of local NHS groups needs to improve, new figures show. In total, 209 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were rated of which 144 "need improvement," with 11 registering the "greatest need for improvement," according NHS England. Just one group, West Kent, was ranked as "top performing"…
Hospitals are hampered by unnecessary admissions, overly risk-averse care decisions and a lack of integration with home and community treatment options, new research claims. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, commissioned the research in part to explore if better integrating care…
Health officials are to update dozens of out-of-date cancer machines. NHS England has announced it will be ploughing £130 million to update radiotherapy machines that have passed their sell-by date. Cancer Research UK said the investment in state-of-the-art machines would "change the face of cancer treatment" across England. But it…
Poor out-of-hours care and a lack of consultants on wards is leading to potentially avoidable deaths of heart patients, a report has warned. The study, from the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS), found worrying gaps in the care given to patients between 6pm and 8am on weekdays and over the weekend.…
Elderly patients at risk of falling over in hospital are to be offered a new guide to prevent injuries. Data shows that more than 240,000 falls - more than 600 every day - are recorded every year in hospitals and mental health trusts in England and Wales. Now, a new…
The Government will step in when it thinks local NHS leaders have made the "wrong choices" about care being rationed in the health service, the Health Secretary has warned. Jeremy Hunt said decisions about how services are run are best made locally, but he said he was sending "strong signals…
Jeremy Hunt has pledged that the NHS will learn lessons from its mistakes as he launched a new voluntary compensation scheme for parents whose babies are damaged at birth. The Health Secretary said he believed the new scheme - together with a raft of other measures - would create a…
Health officials are to name and shame hospitals which spend too much money on agency staff as new figures showed the NHS in England is paying £250 million a month for agency workers. The announcement came as a senior health official expressed disappointment in agency doctors and companies for trying…
The NHS spent £25 million on agency midwives last year - a figure that has doubled in two years, according to a new report. The study, from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), found a rapid rise in the spend on agency staff to plug rota gaps, as well as…
A third of hospital trusts in England have increased their car parking charges in the last year, figures show. Some are now charging as much as £4 for a one-hour stay, with a third increasing their average charge over a three-hour period. The analysis, by the Press Association, includes figures…