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A fundamental review of the NHS is needed to address a financial crisis, Lord Kerslake said, after quitting as the boss of a major hospital trust in protest at funding problems. The former head of the civil service, who resigned as chairman of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in…
A children's unit at a busy hospital will close for a day because of staff shortages. Bosses at NHS Lothian announced the children's short stay assessment unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston will be closed on Saturday December 9. Staffing and recruitment issues forced the health board to close…
The NHS is under "severe pressure" as it faces potentially the worst flu season in two decades, health service experts have warned. NHS Providers said the health service in England would be "sorely tested" during the colder months, when there was traditionally a significant rise in demand for services due…
The new £4 million Canolfan Goffa Ffestiniog, health and social care centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog has today been officially opened by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething. The changes to the services in the Blaenau Ffestiniog area were made following engagement and public consultation. The Health Board has worked with partners and…
One in four of the nation's nurses is obese, a new study suggests. With almost half of English nurses over the age of 45, this "poses a likely future burden of ill health for the healthcare workforce", researchers said. Experts said the figures were "deeply worrying". Meanwhile, one in three…
There are to be 300 more radiographers employed by the NHS in England, ministers have announced as experts have warned of a "crisis" in the diagnostic workforce. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made the pledge as part of the NHS's Cancer Workforce Plan. Charity Breast Cancer Now said that the…
NHS whistleblowers who are not satisfied with internal investigations will soon have support from an independent whistleblowing officer. The Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO), said to be a UK first, will act under the auspices of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) with statutory powers to help whistleblowers. The INWO…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened the first part of a £48 million hospital redevelopment aimed at improving mental health care. Ms Sturgeon and Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt saw new accommodation that has been provided at the revamped Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The First Minister said (pictured): "This government…
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