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An NHS hospital trust is to cut 450 jobs in a bid to make budget savings. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which currently employs 7,500 people, said the announcement should come as "no surprise" as it had been explicit about the need to reign-in spending. It has announced…
A report published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) provides an overview of the number of people with learning disabilities and/or autism receiving inpatient care in hospital. The Learning Disabilities Statistics Annual Overview is the first annual report of its kind from the HSCIC. It brings together…
The number of infections resistant to "last-resort antibiotics" in Scottish hospitals has tripled in two years, new figures have shown. There were 66 organisms resistant to last-ditch carbapenem antibiotics in 2015 - up from 22 in 2013, Health Protection Scotland (HPS) said. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is "a major threat to…
Vaughan Gething has paid tribute to nursing and midwifery staff in Wales, calling for further improvement to the quality and experience of care for all who use the NHS. Speaking at the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales’ fifth showcase conference in Cardiff, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport,…
A series of fast-track health care degrees have been launched by the University of Derby to help combat the UK-wide shortage of nurses, diagnostic radiographers and sonographers. The University has developed three new masters degrees; MSc Diagnostic Radiography, MSc Adult Nursing and a Medical Ultrasound MSc, in partnership with Derby…
Discharging older patients from hospital, the National Audit Office (NAO) report published today, focuses primarily on those patients deemed ‘medically fit for discharge’ but who are stranded in hospital. The NAO report looks beyond the official data on delayed transfers of care at the underlying issues affecting this group of…
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has published 13 new reports on its visits to NHS hospital wards and units for people with mental ill health, learning disability or dementia. The reports highlight positive and negative findings from the Commission's visits, some of which were unannounced. They make recommendations for…
Delays in discharging older patients from hospital when they no longer need care is costing the NHS in England more than £800 million a year, a new report has concluded. The health service is shelling out £820 million every year on so-called bed-blocking - which occurs when patients are medically…
A grandfather died from operable pancreatic cancer after an NHS trust ignored doctors from another hospital and said he had something else. Peter Filipovic faced serious delays to treatment and was eventually too ill to have the surgery that may have extended his life. The 62-year-old was told by doctors…
Hospitals will face more frequent but less detailed on-site inspections under new plans from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The regulator for England will also move to allowing up to five years to lapse between inspections of the best performing GP practices. All hospitals where there are major concerns will…
NHS trusts have recorded the biggest ever deficit in the history of the health service, prompting fears about the future of patient care. Data shows NHS trusts ended the last financial year a record £2.45 billion in deficit, lower than the £2.8 billion which had been predicted, but almost three…
The number of mental health patients in England having to travel outside their area to get a hospital bed has gone up by 13% in the last year. Nearly 5,500 patients had to leave their area for care, including some who had to travel almost 300 miles from their homes.…