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A North-South divide in the number of people dying from cardiovascular disease is a "stain on the UK's public health record", a leading expert has said. Dr Adam Timmis made the comments as a paper was published showing that cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease as the biggest killer of men…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a clampdown on staffing agencies that are "ripping off the NHS", in a bid to improve the health service's financial woes. Agency staff bills cost the NHS £3.3 billion last year, more than the cost of all 22 million A&E admissions combined. The strict…
A cross-sector strategic partnership has been established between the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS 24 Health Information Services (HiS). This new third sector and public sector agreement highlights a commitment from both organisations to work together across a range of diverse programmes to drive improvement…
Self-styled 'angel turned evil' Victorino Chua has been jailed for at least 35 years for murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others. Father-of-two Chua, 49, described by detectives as a narcissistic psychopath, injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules while working on two acute wards at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport,…
"Angel turned evil" killer nurse Victorino Chua is facing life in jail after he was found guilty of a murderous poisoning spree at his hospital. Filipino Chua, 49, injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules while working on two wards at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport in June and July…
Patients receiving care from commercial providers of out-of-hours care report poorer ratings of care when compared with not-for-profit or NHS providers, a new study has shown. In the first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Exeter Medical School analysed results from more than 80,000 eligible…
Skills for Health has commissioned a new report that explores the latest available research, a literature review of existing evidence and current opinion around the use of Assistant Practitioners in the NHS. It investigates the benefits of their use against the barriers of their implementation in the industry and explores…
Security guards are being called in to help control dementia patients in some NHS hospitals, new figures show. Seventeen of 42 NHS hospital trusts in England revealed that their security teams had helped to deal with dementia patients, sometimes physically restraining them, according to data obtained through Freedom of Information…
A senior NHS agency manager has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for fraud after she received a kickback of more than £50,000 stolen from the public purse. Julie Angrish, the head of national recruitment at NHS Professionals Ltd (NHSP), used a company run by her sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and…
A new, £20m-a-year Welsh Government fund will support people in their own homes and local communities, reducing pressure on hospitals, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. The Welsh Government will invest a further £17.5m in the Intermediate Care Fund this year to continue projects which have proven…
The NHS is facing a major shortage of workers in key areas such as primary care and mental health, a think-tank has warned. Community nursing is also suffering from a lack of senior district nurses, which have fallen by 30%, while there are now 16% fewer community matrons than five…
A new, single body for Wales to strategically oversee workforce planning and commission education and training places for the NHS in Wales is needed, an independent review has recommended. The review also said NHS Wales needs to demonstrate the value it places on existing staff by putting more emphasis on…