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A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) published earlier this year estimated that delays in discharging medically fit patients from hospital were costing £820m a year. In spite of many organisations across the country introducing various measures to reduce delays in discharges, the NAO reports that the number of…
Three nurses who faked blood sugar readings of their patients have been struck off the nursing register for good. Rebecca Jones, 31, Lauro Bertulano, 46, and 42-year-old Natalie Jones were all caught falsifying medical notes while working at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, south Wales. A court was…
Three nurses caught faking blood sugar readings of vulnerable patients face being struck off the nursing register for good. Rebecca Jones, 31, and Lauro Bertulano, 46, were both jailed last year after admitting falsifying medical notes while working at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, south Wales. Natalie Jones,…
A heavily-criticised health trust has defended its payments of millions of pounds to consultancies run by professional contacts of under-fire chief executive Katrina Percy. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been the subject of independent government reviews since it was revealed it failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of hundreds…
A hospital nurse who murdered two patients and poisoned others has failed in a bid to challenge his conviction and sentence. Victorino Chua was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years in May last year after being convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court. His applications…
Royalty, a rock legend and a popular comedian put a smile on the faces of young children as they opened a state-of-the-art cancer unit in Glasgow. The Who frontman and long-time charity patron Roger Daltrey joined Kevin Bridges and Sarah, Duchess of York, at the new Teenage Cancer Trust unit…
An elderly prisoner with dementia was kept handcuffed in hospital until shortly before his death. The 77-year-old was attached to an officer via an "escort chain", which has a handcuff at each end, for two days while he was in hospital with pneumonia. He began to have serious breathing difficulties,…
A health board has been ordered to pay the costs of private treatment after an "unacceptable delay" in arranging a patient's scan. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman has told Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board to refund a patient after she waited 10 months for a scan. The woman, known…
Losing EU funding for medical research could cost the lives of some vulnerable children, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has said. In a plea to the Government to secure a deal with Europe that protects research and enables the hospital to "retain its brightest minds", GOSH said there is a…
The widening gap between rising demand for social care and its availability is impacting on efforts to cut the number of people stuck in hospital, a report has found. MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee are calling for new strategies to reduce the numbers of people in hospital who…
Some 33,000 nurses trained in the EU are registered to work in the UK, figures show. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) data, obtained by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), shows there are more EU-trained nurses registered to work in the UK than the number of nurses employed in the…
Infirm hospital patients should receive guaranteed social care within a week of being declared fit to go home, according to Labour. More than 5,000 patients have been held in hospital longer than necessary since the end of 2015 despite a Scottish Government pledge to eradicate bed-blocking by then. Labour said…