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The Government is drawing up plans to stop food shortages from affecting hospital patients in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to official documents.Doctors and nurses should also be ordered to provide "messages of continuity and reassurance" to patients in the event the UK crashes out of Europe without…
A hospital trust has apologised after a two-year-old boy was left infertile after surgeons operated on the wrong testicle.The boy was admitted to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children earlier in the week to treat an undescended testicle.His father told the BBC that surgeons operated on the wrong one by mistake…
The health service has earmarked £300,000 to fund so-called "drunk tanks" in a bid to ease the pressure on hospitals and emergency services over the festive period.The supervised areas are to give revellers who have had a few too many a safe space where they can be checked over and…
Over a third of health boards in Scotland need intervention after dropping below expected standards, MSPs have been told.In a letter to the health committee at Holyrood, NHS Scotland chief executive Paul Gray (pictured) said five health boards have been escalated to “Stage 3 or above” on the NHS Board…
A health trust has been fined £300,000 after two nurses were stabbed by a patient at a medium secure psychiatric unit.The staff suffered life-threatening injuries when patient Myha Grant ran amok at the Bracton Centre near Dartford in Kent on July 17 2016.Mr Grant forced his way into a kitchen…
Achieving parity of access to treatments for mental health patients compared with that for people with physical conditions will be the work of a generation, the Health Secretary has warned.Matt Hancock said he understood the urgent need to make improvements but stressed that achieving equality of access between mental and…
A young woman left infertile because her cervical cancer was not spotted for more than four years has been awarded the costs of having surrogate children in America by the Court of Appeal.Whittington Hospital NHS Trust admitted negligence in failing to detect signs of cancer, leading to the woman, known…
The case of a convicted fraudster who rose from the ranks of nurse to chief executive has been highlighted by a watchdog as cause to review how NHS trusts are employing "fit and proper" directors.Paula Vasco-Knight (pictured) was given a suspended prison sentence at Exeter Crown Court in 2017 after…
Reforms to make it simpler for care homes and hospitals to hold vulnerable people who cannot consent to treatment or care have cleared their first Commons hurdle - despite cross-party opposition and concern.Ministers were warned that the measures in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill could "potentially give private companies the…
Health officials lack a clear post Brexit recruitment plan which could exacerbate current medical staff shortages, MPs have said in a report that also warns that the NHS faces regional funding pressures.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said it had not been reassured by a Department of Health and Social Care…
Patients across England can now access GP appointments in the evening and on weekends, NHS England has announced.Health bosses said that an estimated nine million extra appointments per year will become available to patients.Extended access means people will be able to see a doctor, nurse or other member of a…
A very sick 11-month-old girl who has spent her life in hospital should be allowed to die peacefully, a High Court judge has ruled.Mr Justice Hayden said doctors could stop providing "futile" life-support treatment to the youngster.The judge said the little girl had a progressive brain injury plus a very…
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