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Healthcare inspectors spent four times their annual budget on hotels, travel and meals, an investigation has found. Teams from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) spent £4.4 million on travel and subsistence in 2014/15 against budget of £1.1 million. The CQC said the overspend was due to the fact the budget…
Accident and emergency units are facing a "perfect storm" that will heap on the pressure in the build-up to the busy winter period, according to one of the UK's most senior medics. A lack of staff and possible industrial action by junior doctors were "very, very worrying" at this time…
Emergency departments in Wales are becoming dementia friendly as staff undergo vital training. Members of unscheduled care teams from every health board area in Wales have undergone Royal College of Nursing-accredited dementia best practice training to equip them with the skills to deliver high-quality and person-centred care and support for…
The only NHS hospital in Britain that specialises in learning disabilities is to be closed down as part of a review following the Winterbourne View care home abuse scandal. NHS England announced the closure of 223 beds at Calderstones hospital, which is based in the Lancashire village of Whalley in…
The chief executive of NHS Wales is asking the public to help the NHS and people with life-threatening conditions this winter by choosing the right health service for their needs as part of a new national campaign. The Choose Well campaign encourages people to think about how they use their…
There has been an "alarming" rise in the number of elderly people admitted to hospital with life-threatening infections due to failings in GP and community care. A damning report from Age UK also found that more than a million people are left struggling with basic tasks such as eating and…
Three-quarters of NHS hospitals in England are not safe enough, inspectors have found. Some 13% of hospitals are "inadequate" for safety while 61% "require improvement", according to a study from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The report offers the fullest picture yet of the state of care across England under…
Scotland's 1980s "Trainspotting generation" has driven drug-related hospital admissions to a record high while illnesses linked to long-term alcohol abuse are also on the rise, official figures show. Hospital stays linked to opioids, of which the main street drug is heroin, have risen fivefold from 791 in 1996/97 to 4,511…
One of the biggest NHS trusts in the country has been placed in special measures after inspectors deemed it "inadequate". Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke's Hospital, has been told it requires improvement to ensure services are safe and effective. While staff were found to be caring,…
Ten people who had the "misfortune" of being in hospital when killer nurse Victorino Chua was at large died from unrelated causes, inquests have heard. Chua, 49, was jailed for life in May for the murder of two patients and the poisoning of 20 others while working as a nurse…
Broadmoor high security hospital has been rated inadequate by a watchdog with concerns raised about patients being physically restrained too often. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission said they did not see convincing evidence that seclusion and restraint were only being used in cases when it was deemed absolutely necessary.…
Seriously and terminally ill patients are suffering from a lack of around-the-clock expertise and staff with compassion fatigue, some of Britain's top medical professionals have told an influential Parliamentary committee. Only about one-in-five hospitals is offering a seven-day specialist palliative care service, meaning some patients are being deprived of medical…