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Plans to create a new nursing support role risk "diluting" the profession and confusing patients, a medical conference has heard. The UK Government announced proposals in December to introduce nursing "associates" to bridge the gap between healthcare support workers, who have a care certificate, and registered nurses. They would be…
Mounting pressures on hospitals are leading to patients treated in storerooms, frail and elderly patients being moved around in the middle of the night and ambulances queuing outside A&Es, leading nurses have warned. Major incidents in hospitals are usually only seen through the busy winter months but are now becoming…
Radiotherapy for prostate cancer on the NHS could change after a new system that delivers higher beam doses over a shorter period was found to work as well as existing treatment. Researchers leading a 14-year trial said the altered therapy plan could save the NHS tens of millions of pounds…
A new service designed to give patients with learning disabilities a helping hand when they need hospital care is being launched this week at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. The key priority of the Learning Disabilities Liaison Service will be to flag up people with a learning disability as soon as…
Funding cuts to public services are putting the health of the public at risk, leading nurses have warned. Almost four in 10 nurses have treated patients whose health has been affected by malnutrition or food poverty. And 41% have seen patients with health affected by inadequate or unsafe housing. A…
The Scottish Government has been urged to "get to grips" with staffing pressures in the NHS after an unpublished probe into children's wards at several hospitals reportedly raises serious patient safety issues. Labour made the call as it demanded the report into St John's Hospital in Livingston and other hospitals…
A revolutionary mobile device to deliver radiotherapy more precisely during surgery, without causing damage to surrounding tissue and organs, is to be used for the first time at a UK hospital. The Mobetron is the first portable system able to administer the treatment in this way - known as intraoperative…
Soaring numbers of blocked beds continue to disrupt the NHS in England - despite figures suggesting it may be starting to recover after a challenging start to the year. Delayed transfers of care - when patients are fit to leave hospital but services such as nursing at home are not…
A hospital has been condemned by health inspectors for putting patients at "unacceptable risk" in its overcrowded A&E department. Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth was so busy that 16 ambulances - one-third of the emergency ambulance fleet for Hampshire - were queueing outside when inspectors from the Care Quality Commission…
The number of days patients remain in hospital because of bed blocking has risen by a third in recent years, highlighting the scale of the crisis, a report has revealed. NHS patients in England who were ready to be discharged spent 1.8 million days in hospitals in the past year,…
The number of staff working in the NHS has reached a record high, although the use of agency nurses and midwives has increased substantially for the third year running, according to new figures. The latest statistics on the number of staff working in the health service show that at the…
Almost one in four cancer patients need to see their GP at least three times before getting referred to hospital, a new survey suggests. This means thousands of cancer sufferers are having to make repeated trips to their family doctor before being sent to see a specialist. The National Cancer…