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Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budget, leading British healthcare groups warned that more money needs to be ploughed into social care and public health…
There have been "savage" cuts to the number of health visitors in England, Labour has warned.New analysis by the party suggests the number of health visitors has been cut by 8% in just one year.It said babies and toddlers are missing out on vital health checks as a result.Labour said…
The latest sexual health figures released by Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) show an increase in cases of gonorrhoea, herpes and chlamydia, while numbers diagnosed with syphilis and genital warts are down. The ‘Sexually Transmitted Infection surveillance in Northern Ireland 2018: An analysis of data for the calendar year…
A new "treatment levy" should be imposed on alcohol duties to help deal with the harm caused by heavy drinking, MPs and health groups have said.Ministers have been urged to bring forward a wide-ranging alcohol strategy to improve support for those in need, minimise costs to the NHS, and help…
England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) warned, and could fall further behind if current trends continue. Projections identify "the danger…
Myths about physical activity being harmful for disabled people should be dispelled, according to a report. Disabled adults are twice as likely to be inactive than non-disabled adults, with potentially around 3.5 million disabled adults at greater risk of poor health due to inactivity, Public Health England said. The review…
GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups. Announcing an extra £1.8 million for…
A man left paralysed after leaving A&E following "misleading" advice from a hospital receptionist will receive damages after winning a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Michael Darnley was wrongly told he faced a five-hour wait at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London, where he was taken after being struck over…
Disjointed health and social care services are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments in England, the independent health regulator has warned. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) suggests there is growing "care injustice" in access to services across the country. It said "ineffective collaboration" is driving demand for…
More than 50% of new mothers suffering from mental health problems feel they cannot raise the issue at postnatal check-ups. Research conducted by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) found that 60% did not discuss the issue out of embarrassment and fear the doctor would think they were not fit to…
Three NHS managers defrauded a health board out of more than £700,000 by using the names of U2 members to award contracts to a bogus construction firm, a court has heard. Mark Evill, 42, Robert Howells, 65, and Michael Cope, 43, helped secure payments to a company set up by…
A clinical waste disposal firm has been stripped of NHS contracts after allowing body parts to pile up at its facilities. Healthcare Environment Services (HES) had "failed to demonstrate that they were operating within their contractual limits," according to NHS Improvement. Health Minister Stephen Barclay told MPs that 15 NHS…
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