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The next government’s stance on social care could make or break the NHS, according to social policy expert and campaigner Professor Peter Beresford OBE. As the media increasingly reports on an NHS in crisis, Prof Beresford (pictured) says the public must vote for the best deal on social care. The…
The chairman of a review into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers has heard "shocking" stories about staff who were afraid to speak out and felt suicidal after their safety concerns were ignored. Sir Robert Francis QC said "time and time again" he heard from staff who were "bullied" after raising…
The number of hospitals sending scouting parties abroad in a bid to hire nurses is nine times higher than two years ago, new figures suggest. The data, obtained by the Daily Telegraph through a Freedom of Information request to 160 NHS trusts in England, revealed there were 96 overseas trips…
Patients who complain about their care are being let down by "appalling" NHS investigations, a highly critical review has found. More than a third of probes into deaths or avoidable harm at hospitals were found to be "inadequate", according to an investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO).…
Billions of pounds that could have been spent on patient care were squandered on "damaging and distracting" health reforms, an influential think tank has claimed. The coalition Government's controversial shake-up of the NHS was "misguided", resulting in an "unwieldy" organisation structure that is "not fit for purpose", according to The…
The NHS is on course to spend £1 billion on agency nursing staff by the end of the year due to a "payday loan attitude towards workforce planning", a report has claimed. Details uncovered by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) estimate NHS trusts will be spending an average of…
A campaign is being launched to highlight the extra hours of unpaid work nursing staff are putting in every week. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said nurses were "propping up" the NHS as it goes through one of the most challenging times in its history. Nurses and healthcare assistants…
The Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola has revealed how the illness took her from wondering "what all the fuss was about" to the brink of death. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was discharged from hospital on Saturday after making a complete recovery following three weeks in a high level isolation unit (HLIU)…
A further £100 million over three years is to be invested in the NHS to help reduce the numbers of people waiting to be discharged from hospital. This funding will be used to support health boards and local authorities deliver good quality care and support for people at home or…
The poor state of diabetes healthcare in England is leading to avoidable deaths, record rates of complications and huge costs to the NHS, according to a Diabetes UK report. There has been very little overall improvement in diabetes healthcare in the past year, with 40% of people with diabetes still…
Some of Britain's leading charities will urge the Government to let them make a "radical intervention" at accident and emergency departments in a bid to relieve crippling pressure on doctors and nurses. Charities, including the Red Cross, Age UK and the Royal Voluntary Service, want to see volunteers and staff…
Health chiefs today launched a major initiative designed to improve prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. NHS England announced an independent task force which will develop a five-year action plan for cancer services to improve survival rates and save thousands of lives. It also launched a new programme to test…