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The NHS may lack enough key staff to make a seven-day service work properly, leaked Health Department documents reportedly reveal. The assessments, obtained by The Guardian and Channel 4 News, are said to show senior officials have voiced concern over the lack of detailed costings, risk assessment, and limited data…
Hospital visits for heart disease and stroke patients are increasing, according to new figures. There were 1.69 million hospital visits, including ordinary admissions and day cases, for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 2013 to 2014 across the UK, which is up from 1.64 million in 2010 to 2011. The UK death…
Hospitals in England have been ordered to cut back non-urgent operations and cancel outpatient appointments in the run-up to Christmas in preparation for a possible winter crisis, official documents have disclosed. The move comes as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) warned of a "drastic shortage" of accident and emergency…
The completion of a £150 million children's hospital will be delayed for months after construction firms entered administration and provisional liquidation. The new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh was due to open in autumn 2017, but NHS Lothian now expects this will be pushed back to spring 2018.…
The Scottish Government is being urged to stop proposed closures to maternity units and other hospital services in the west of Scotland. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) plans a shake-up of services including closing maternity units at Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, and Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock. Under the…
A hospital trust in a city that prides itself on equality operates a culture of "bullying and discrimination", inspectors have said. NHS Improvement confirmed that Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been placed into special measures after Care Quality Commission inspectors highlighted a series of safety concerns and…
Patient safety could be at risk because doctors, nurses and dentists from the EU are not facing stringent enough language tests, leading medics have said. In just one year, 29 medics from the European Economic Area (EEA) faced allegations of "inadequate knowledge of English language", according to data obtained by…
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board has issued a warning to job applicants from overseas. The Health Board say a 'recruitment scam' is targeting healthcare workers with false job offers at ABMU hospitals, subject to them making payments in respect of bogus registration or visa sponsorship fees. The advice…
Children's healthcare is being "increasingly compromised" as a result of staffing shortages across the UK's paediatric units, leading doctors have warned. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) raised concerns that healthcare for children is "starting to move backwards". The paediatric workforce across the UK is at "breaking…
Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has accused the Tories of having a "secret plan to privatise the NHS" ahead of a major speech on the health service. It will be delivered amid continued infighting between Jeremy Corbyn and his elected deputy, as the battle for control of the party grows…
Thousands of pounds is to be injected into a successful violence reduction project to make its services available in Edinburgh. The Navigator project, which already operates at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, helps victims and perpetrators of violence make the changes they need to improve their lives. Funding of £70,000 has been…
The number of days patients are spending in hospitals due to so-called "bed blocking" is at its second-highest figure on record. New data for England has revealed that people occupying beds when they no longer needed care took up a total of 171,298 days in June. It marks a considerable…