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Patients are less likely to die in hospitals where there are more nurses, researchers have suggested as they warned managers not to replace them with less qualified staff. Two new studies found that the number of nurses at NHS bedsides in England appears to have an impact on whether patients…
Thousands of junior doctors across England are on strike after last-ditch talks failed to reach an agreement. Junior doctors - all medics below consultant level - are providing emergency care only in the 24-hour walkout, which started at 8am. It is the second strike by the British Medical Association (BMA)…
The practice of sending mentally ill people long distances for treatment should end, a commission has said, as experts branded some services "potentially dangerous". Around 500 mentally ill people every month are estimated to travel over 50km (over 30 miles) to be admitted to hospitals far from their own homes.…
Around 8,500 "bed-blocking" patients are stuck in NHS hospitals every day - costing the health service £900 million a year and driving up use of the private sector, a report shows. The review into how the NHS can save cash found bed-blocking - which occurs when patients are medically fit…
The Welsh Government has announced £2.5m of funding which will support measures to reduce the number of people – the majority of them older people – who are unable to leave hospital for social care reasons, freeing up hospital beds for patients who need them. The investment is part of…
Hospital emergency departments in Wales are "on the edge", with some patients waiting for more than 24 hours, according to a leading doctor. There are problems with recruiting emergency medicine consultants and issues with bed blocking, Dr Robin Roop, of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, warned. Dr Roop, the…
Dementia patients face a gamble with their chances of recovery due to "shockingly poor" treatment offered by some NHS hospitals, the Alzheimer's Society has warned. A study found "shocking" variations in the standard of care given to dementia patients, with cases of alleged mistreatment including a patient who was restrained…
Four evidence reviews written to support work NICE carried out on staffing levels in the NHS have been released. Four evidence reviews written to support work NICE carried out on staffing levels in the NHS have been released. Under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, the documents had been withheld…
Almost one in five nursing posts in London is vacant, according to freedom of information research. The study, from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), found the capital's nursing shortage deepened last year, with more than 10,000 vacant posts. It said 17% of London's registered nursing posts in 2015 were…
American company Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. has today announced that it has signed a 'definitive agreement' for the acquisition of the Priory Group and expects to complete the transaction by February 16, 2016. Priory is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services in the UK, operating more than 300 facilities…
Almost one in three families do not have the right support in place to care for elderly relatives leaving hospital, according to a new report. Many families believe discharging the elderly from hospital too early is a far bigger problem than them being delayed, it said. Figures released by the…
Thousands of junior doctors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes in a bitter row with the Government. Some 98% voted in favour of strikes, with 2% against and 11 spoilt ballot papers, the British Medical Association (BMA) said. More than 37,000 doctors were balloted by the BMA, and 76%…