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An extra £9 million of funding has been announced for hospital accident-and-emergency departments in a bid to help them meet waiting-times targets. Health Secretary Shona Robison pledged additional funding for this year as she insisted the Scottish Government is determined to bring down waiting-times further. Ministers want 95% of all…
Vacancies for jobs including scientists, nurses and other healthcare workers are lying unfilled for months, highlighting the shortage of skilled staff in the UK, a report reveals. Research by jobs site Adzuna found that a fifth of science jobs and one in 10 healthcare and nursing vacancies remain on offer…
Northern Ireland's Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Charlotte McArdle, has officially launched new guidelines for nurses on care after death. ‘Care of the Deceased Patient and their Family: A Guideline for Nursing Practice in Northern Ireland’, provides guidance to nurses and midwives working in any setting on how to achieve the…
Leading children's doctors have hit out at plans aimed at transforming the NHS in England, claiming they do not prioritise the health of youngsters. Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been created in 44 regions in a bid to revolutionise services while saving money in the face of an expected…
Vacancies for GPs are at their highest ever level, research suggests. A survey of 860 GPs for Pulse magazine found 12.2% of positions are currently vacant. This is an increase from 11.7% the same time last year, and up from 2.1% in 2011, when Pulse started collecting data. Some 158…
NHS hospitals need to be prepared for hackers attempting to hold their computer systems to ransom, a doctor has argued in a leading medical journal. He warned it was likely that an increasing number of hospitals would be shut down by ransomware attacks, where hackers gain access to a computer…
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have officially opened the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital. The North West Cancer Centre welcomed its first patients in November 2016, providing dedicated treatment and care to cancer patients across the Western and Northern Trusts and Donegal. In a unique…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to prosecute an NHS trust after an 18-year-old patient drowned at one of its specialist facilities. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured) suffered an epileptic seizure while taking a bath at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire in 2013. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust accepted full responsibility…
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