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Doctors' leaders and the Government have agreed a new deal for junior doctors, with a new pay structure for working weekends and evenings. The deal between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Government will now be put to a ballot of medics after eight days of intense negotiations. Under…
Overseas visitors and migrants face a tough clampdown on accessing NHS care, with more powers for hospitals to recover costs. The new NHS (Overseas Visitors Charging) Bill, which is to be published before the Parliamentary summer recess, will tighten up the rules around eligibility for free NHS care. It means…
Almost half of people who have survived a stroke feel abandoned when they leave hospital, according to new research. A poll of more than 1,100 stroke survivors in England found 45% felt left alone while 27% of those who suffered a physical disability from their stroke received "very poor" or…
Giving existing staff new roles and extra responsibilities should not be seen as a "quick fix" solution to plug the NHS's workforce gap, a patients' group has warned. The Patients Association also said that such proposals should not be seen as a cheaper alternative to hiring highly-qualified staff. The comments…
A Hertfordshire scheme which helps keep people out of hospital by giving them the care they need in their own homes has won a prestigious award. HomeFirst scooped the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) award for Health and Social Care, with the judging panel praising the way that all the organisations…
Many patients are being inappropriately sent home from hospital "alone, afraid and unable to cope", according to a damning new report. People are being "badly let down by the system", the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) said after its new report highlighted the "harrowing" impact of poorly managed hospital…
The concept of the so-called "weekend effect" on mortality rates for patients admitted to hospital on Saturdays and Sundays is a "major oversimplification" of a complex issue, experts have said. There has been much debate over the weekend effect, which suggests the mortality rate for patients admitted to hospital at…
Failures in heart attack care are leading to tens of thousands of deaths, a new study has found. Around 33,000 deaths could have been avoided over a 10-year period if heart attack after-care guidelines were followed, researchers said. One patient is dying every month per each hospital because medics across…
A grieving mother broke down in tears and spoke of her frustration that doctors could not find out what was wrong with her son in the run-up to his death. Carol Morse's 12-year-old son Ryan Morse died at home in Brynithel, South Wales, weeks before Christmas after a four-month bout…
More than 20 operations a day were cancelled in March for "non-clinical reasons" such as a shortage of beds or hospital staff. Official statistics show NHS bosses cancelled 670 procedures on these grounds throughout the month, down from 718 in February. Operations can also be cancelled because other surgeries have…
A Google artificial intelligence programme has been given access to an estimated 1.6 million NHS patient files, it has been claimed. According to New Scientist, the technology giant's artificial intelligence division DeepMind has a data-sharing agreement in place with the NHS as part of a plan to build an app…
Medical staff have been urged to communicate better with the family of patients who are dying, after an audit found tens of thousands of patients are having do not resuscitate orders imposed without their loved ones' consent. Hospitals are failing to tell relations that they do not intend to attempt…