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The NHS needs radical action to improve working conditions, boost training and retention and become a ‘model employer’ for staff, a report on the future of the health and care workforce has concluded. Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future, A health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 is…
A new free app which shows how busy local NHS services are will help people to spend less time waiting for treatment. The app, NHSquicker, allows people in Devon and Cornwall to view up-to-date waiting times for local emergency departments and minor injuries units, as well as how long it…
More than 1,400 people with dementia who are well enough to go home will be stranded in hospital on Christmas Day, the Alzheimer's Society said. Charity bosses blamed a lack of social care funding for "turning wards into waiting rooms" as their investigation revealed dementia patients were delayed up to…
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…
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…
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