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The NHS is straining at the seams as it juggles problems with staffing shortages, rising demand and increasing numbers of patients with preventable illnesses, health and care inspectors have said. A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report warns that health and care services are at full stretch and that the…
An NHS trust has been placed in special measures after some hospital patients were found to have died after waiting too long for heart treatment while others were left to go blind. NHS Improvement took action against the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission…
Health inspectors had to intervene as staff at an under-fire hospital did not react when a patient started choking. Two staff from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth were in close proximity to a patient when they started choking on their meal "but did not attempt to help the patient". Inspectors…
A hospital trust which has been admonished over staffing issues has around one in six posts vacant. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust had a vacancy rate of 17% , according to the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the trust. A previous inspection at a hospital run by the…
Too many care homes are under so much pressure that they are not "getting the basics right every time", a care consumer watchdog has warned. Healthwatch England said some residents were cared for by rushed staff and were having to put up with things like dead plants, rotting window sills,…
Mental health bodies have raised concerns over revelations that thousands of mental health patients are being locked in "effectively institutionalised settings". A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report has highlighted that a "surprising" number of patients are being cared for in "locked rehabilitation wards", with some patients spending more than…
Care home providers are making it too difficult for elderly people and their families to find the information they need to make an informed choice, according to a consumer watchdog. Which? said older people could potentially be hit with unexpected bills and tied into unfair contracts because of surprise charges…
A vulnerable female patient in respite care died after a nurse mistakenly binned a vital part of her breathing tube, an inquest heard. Emily Bushaway, who suffered with a rare neuro-degenerative disease, was left unable to breathe properly after a small section of her ventilator's "whisper valve" was discarded. Nurse…
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