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The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash has apologised to her family and vowed the same mistake cannot happen again. Joan Blaber died six days after drinking the cleaning fluid at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton last…
A hospital trust sent out an "extremely misleading" letter to public figures as the inquest into the death of a patient was due to open because they were worried about press coverage. Brighton and Hove senior coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley criticised the trust for its handling of the "worrying matter". She…
The jury at the inquest into the death of Joan Blaber criticised the hospital's management for failings which they say could have led to her "safety being compromised". The conclusion in full says: "Joan Catherine Blaber died six days after ingesting cleaning fluid on 17th September 2017 in the following…
Almost 4,000 women were identified in 2016 as not having been sent routine invitations for breast screening, an MSP has highlighted. Conservative MSP Jamie Greene raised the figures, contained in a review published in December that year by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), as he sought assurances the screening programme’s IT…
Staffing levels in the NHS are "inadequate" for patients to be receiving quality care, a major new poll of doctors suggest. A survey of more than 7,800 clinicians from across the UK found that 91% feel staffing levels in the NHS are inadequate to deliver quality patient care. The poll,…
More than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed at a beleaguered maternity unit, it has been reported. The number of cases at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust to be considered by an independent review has risen to 104, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) said. Senior midwife…
NHS staff in Wales, including nurses and midwives, have agreed a new three year pay deal worth 6.5%. The agreement matches one announced in England earlier this year, and goes beyond in some areas, said the Welsh government. Pay bands will be restructured to include higher starting rates and there…
A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes faces the possibility of an increase in her 14-year prison sentence. Solicitor General Robert Buckland is going to the Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge the jail term handed out…
A new initiative to halt the development of a life threatening infection in older people with mental health problems has been launched at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. To mark World Sepsis Day on Thursday, new medical boxes have been introduced on the Maelor Hospital’s Heddfan Older Person’s Mental Health Unit, which…
The Government will commit to end the "modern-day injustice" of poor mental health at a global summit in London, after it emerged one in eight mental health staff left the NHS in a year. Politicians, health experts and policy makers over the globe will meet in October to drive action…
The lives of babies and children could be saved if parents are given consistent, explicit advice about recognising meningitis and septicaemia (otherwise known as sepsis) from health professionals, a charity has suggested. The Meningitis Research Foundation said most children with meningococcal meningitis or sepsis display only non-specific symptoms in the…
Two-car families face an almost £200 increase in the cost of motoring if fuel duty is raised to fund a boost in health spending, according to new figures. The Chancellor could be primed to rise fuel duty by eight pence per litre should he wish to fund the Government's pledge…