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A Holyrood committee has hit out at the "unacceptable" lack of information on the £8 billion plus budgets spent by integration authorities (IAs) on health and social care. MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee complained there is "little by the way of information on the financial position" of the…
The number of patients kept in hospital after being told they were well enough to leave has fallen year on year, according to official figures. Statistics from September's census found 1,378 people had to remain in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed blocking. The figure was down…
The NHS is heading into winter on a knife edge as half of NHS trust finance directors think patient care in their area has got worse over the past year, an influential think tank has warned. The King's Fund believes the negative outlook from 51% of finance directors, compared with…
Terminally ill patients could be dying in hospitals due to delays with a "fast track" service aimed at helping people receive care outside of hospital, a new report suggests. The Continuing Healthcare package, funded by the NHS, is for some people whose health needs can be attended to outside of…
A hospital linked to a trial scheme to move recuperating NHS patients into Airbnb-style private accommodation to free up beds has insisted it has no intention to support the plan "at this time". A company called CareRooms is planning the pilot, which would see around 30 patients waiting for discharge…
Finding and using evidence in practice can take time, and yet, is so important to continuous learning and improvement of practice and services. The Evidence Search and Summary Service (ESSS) is a free service that has recently been launched to help people find and use evidence from research, practice and…
A trial scheme to move recuperating NHS patients into Airbnb-style accommodation to free up hospital beds has been labelled "terrifying" by Labour's shadow social care minister. Barbara Keeley warned there were "clear safety risks" with placing responsibility for patients with strangers and said the pilot project was a sign social…
Some patients are facing "considerable barriers" to recovery after illness or injury, leading physiotherapists have warned. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) said community rehabilitation services can "give people their lives back" but that access to services in the community can depend on where a person lives. Too often "the…
Many cancer patients are "left to struggle" following the end of their treatment, a charity has said. Physical problems which can arise as a result of some cancer treatments such as incontinence, difficulty eating or breathlessness as well as mental health issues can mar people's recoveries, according to a new…
A shortage of care home beds is seeing undue and unfair pressure put on people to take relatives discharged from hospital despite being unable to cope, ministers have been told. Peers at Westminster heard of the plight of a frail 87-year-old woman who was "induced" to accept at home her…
A disabled man who complained a High Court judge acted unlawfully when giving medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorising the use of force has lost a legal fight. Aamir Mazhar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, said an order made by Mr Justice Mostyn, who is…
The Government has announced it is to introduce a £20million initiative which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, made the announcement at the National Children and Adults Services (NCAS) conference in Bournemouth, and said the new programme would help…
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