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NHS Trusts should sell surplus land next to hospitals to build enough care homes and supported living apartments to meet increasing demand, Paul Burstow MP will say. The former Care Minister will argue this is just one of many reforms urgently needed by the care sector in a speech announcing…
Unsuitable housing is leaving thousands of older people facing unnecessary delays in being discharged from hospital, according to new analysis by Age UK. Official figures show that patients who need home adaptations, such as grab rails or ramps fitted at home, are having to wait for an extra 27 days…
One of the largest hospital trusts in England is to be put into a failure regime because of "serious failures" in patient safety. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is to be put into special measures by health regulator Monitor after experts identified issues with safety and leadership. Inspectors…
In response to new delayed discharge statistics, which suggest the number of people remaining in hospital following treatment has continued to rise since April 2014, the Scottish Government has announced the launch of a new taskforce to tackle the issue. The taskforce, involving representatives from the Scottish Government, NHS, local…
Scottish Health Secretary, Alex Neil, has announced 500 new Modern Apprentices will be recruited across the NHS in Scotland during a visit to Ninewells Hospital. The commitment to employ a further 500 over the next three years will be guided by local recruitment needs with roles in Administration, IT, Facilities…
The NHS Online Mentoring project is designed to help young people explore over 300 careers available in the NHS. Mentees are matched with a mentor working in their area of interest; mentors could be from frontline clinical roles, administration and clerical or finance and estates management. The mentors answer the…
Health workers should take advantage of significant life events among the middle-aged to get them to be healthier, new NHS guidance suggests. People whose children are leaving the nest, those who are going through the menopause, or taking retirement should be targeted to be encouraged to be fitter and to…
Health officials have said they need to take "urgent action" to improve children's access to mental health services. Recently concerns have been raised about the services available across England. Leading doctors have said patients are being shipped to all corners of the country for any available bed, leaving them far…
Vulnerable patients are to be given control of taxpayers' cash to fund their own treatment in the community under a plan to save money and keep them out of hospitals, the head of the NHS has said. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens told the Guardian that from April the…
A beleaguered health trust has been put into special measures. The action has been taken against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ruled the quality of care provided was "inadequate". Inspectors found the trust lacked a clear vision for…
Health service staff angry that their pay is still being capped – despite the economic recovery – are to remind the government today of the millions of hours of unpaid overtime they put in each year. Later this morning, nurses, radiographers, doctors, physiotherapists, paramedics, hospital cleaners and other NHS staff…
A baby has died from blood poisoning after being put on a drip containing a contaminated substance and 14 other babies are being treated with antibiotics after falling ill at NHS hospitals. The affected babies were in neonatal intensive care units at three London-based NHS organisations - Chelsea and Westminster…