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Almost six out of 10 NHS organisations are failing to meet a key target for referring people with anxiety and depression for types of counselling, figures show. Quarterly NHS England data reveals that 57% of clinical commissioning groups, which commission health services for patients,are failing to hit the target for…
A summer of protests by nurses and other health workers is being launched amid warnings of a ballot for strikes if the Government does not remove the 1% cap on NHS pay. Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will stage demonstrations at 30 locations across the UK, including…
A major blunder which saw more than 700,000 confidential patient letters mislaid was "totally unacceptable" and should never have been allowed to happen, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. However, Mr Hunt told MPs that no patients had been harmed by the mix-up, which occurred when letters sent between GPs…
The Welsh Government is supporting growing demands for the 1% cap on NHS pay to be scrapped. Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething (pictured) has called on the UK Government to make funds available so health workers in Wales receive "the pay rise they deserve". He said: "I've today written to…
More than 17,000 care homes, hospices and private hospitals have been told to check their fire safety procedures in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has written to care providers to remind them to review their fire safety processes "to ensure they are up…
The practice of sending mental health patients far away from friends and family to receive care has become endemic in the NHS, leading doctors warned as new figures show a rise in the number of patients sent miles away. Some are even receiving care hundreds of miles away, the British…
An audacious "high-stakes" criminal conspiracy which defrauded NHS hospitals, councils and the Guernsey government out of £12.6 million, and funnelled cash overseas, has been smashed by police. An organised crime network targeted 22 mostly public bodies in a divert fraud, with the dirty money transferred to international accounts and laundered…
Senior MPs have urged the Government to intervene over abortion laws in Northern Ireland after ministers agreed a £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party. Tory Anna Soubry and Labour's Yvette Cooper (pictured) were among those to brand the current situation an "injustice" amidst calls from the Government to…
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