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A scandal-hit NHS trust where a teenager drowned in the bath is still failing to protect patients from risk of harm, a watchdog has found. Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors were ordered to carry out a report by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt following problems at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.…
Thousands of junior doctors are staging the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS after the Health Secretary made it clear a new contract will go ahead. Jeremy Hunt appealed directly to medics on Monday not to withdraw emergency cover, which he said had particular risks for A&E…
Assaults on NHS staff have gone up 25% in the last five years, new figures show. The number of assaults increased to 67,874 in 2014-15 from 54,758 assaults in 2008-9 - an increase of more than 13,000. Doctors, nurses and other NHS workers were subjected to an average of 186…
More than a quarter of emergency services workers have thought about taking their own lives, research has revealed. The data from mental health charity Mind shows the high occurrence of suicidal thoughts among "blue light" staff and volunteers in England and Wales. An online poll found that 27% of the…
Thousands of patients are expecting to face further disruption to NHS services as junior doctors take to picket lines once more in their ongoing dispute with the Government. Figures from NHS England show that more than 5,100 procedures and operations have been postponed as a result of a 48-hour industrial…
Hospitals are paying locum doctors for hours they have not worked to bypass a Government cap on agency staff pay, it has been reported. Some doctors are claiming for extra hours - including those spent travelling - to overcome limits imposed on agency staff pay, Cliff Mann, president of the…
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has reluctantly recommended that nurses remain on the Government’s shortage occupation list (SOL) - while criticising the health sector for failing to maintain a sufficient supply of UK nurses. In its latest report, 'Partial Review of the Shortage Occupation List: Review of nursing', the Committee…
Health officials have raised concerns over the safety of patients after junior doctors announced plans to carry out the first full walkout of doctors in the history of the NHS. The move, announced by the British Medical Association (BMA), comes as a result of the dispute with the Government over…
A new state-of the-art adult mental health unit at University Hospital Llandough was officially opened yesterday by the Minister for Health and Social Services, Mark Drakeford. Built thanks to a £88m investment from the Welsh Government, Hafan y Coed includes 135 beds for assessment and treatment as well as first…
A culture of bullying prevented staff at an NHS trust from speaking out about the fact too many heart surgery patients were dying, a damning report has found. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found major problems with the way Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham runs its heart unit…
The Mental Welfare Commission has said it is publishing all of its local visit reports to NHS wards and units across Scotland. The Commission visits over 100 wards and units a year for people with mental ill health, learning disability and dementia. A quarter of those visits are unannounced. The…
Several NHS chief executives who apparently put their names to a key letter used by Jeremy Hunt to justify imposing new contracts on junior doctors have withdrawn their support for such a plan. The names of 20 health trust bosses in England were attached to a letter advising the Government…