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NHS whistleblowers have uncovered a human trafficking ring as well as exposed a hospital which left just one doctor in charge of hundreds of patients overnight, according to a new report. An increasing number of NHS staff have been raising concerns with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians - roles created…
The number enduring lengthy waits for some surgical procedures in Northern Ireland was higher than in England this year, NHS statistics revealed. More than 10,000 patients were on the list for over a year for non-urgent procedures, statistics researched by Ulster Unionist health spokesman Roy Beggs said. The equivalent in…
The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash has apologised to her family and vowed the same mistake cannot happen again. Joan Blaber died six days after drinking the cleaning fluid at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton last…
A hospital trust sent out an "extremely misleading" letter to public figures as the inquest into the death of a patient was due to open because they were worried about press coverage. Brighton and Hove senior coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley criticised the trust for its handling of the "worrying matter". She…
The jury at the inquest into the death of Joan Blaber criticised the hospital's management for failings which they say could have led to her "safety being compromised". The conclusion in full says: "Joan Catherine Blaber died six days after ingesting cleaning fluid on 17th September 2017 in the following…
Almost 4,000 women were identified in 2016 as not having been sent routine invitations for breast screening, an MSP has highlighted. Conservative MSP Jamie Greene raised the figures, contained in a review published in December that year by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), as he sought assurances the screening programme’s IT…
Staffing levels in the NHS are "inadequate" for patients to be receiving quality care, a major new poll of doctors suggest. A survey of more than 7,800 clinicians from across the UK found that 91% feel staffing levels in the NHS are inadequate to deliver quality patient care. The poll,…
More than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed at a beleaguered maternity unit, it has been reported. The number of cases at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust to be considered by an independent review has risen to 104, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) said. Senior midwife…
An initiative to reduce the risk of childhood sexual exploitation, a culture-change programme to improve the lives of older people in care homes and a project which had led to a significant reduction in the number of children being taken into care are among the winners of the 2018 Accolades.…
A care home for older people in East Dunbartonshire must make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Clachan of Campsie House following a complaint investigation which raised serious concerns. The notice lists six areas…
There are grave concerns about how the NHS will cope as winter approaches and the service is put under further pressure, a leading doctor has warned in response to the latest official figures. NHS England performance statistics show there were just under two million attendances to A&E departments during August,…
Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pictured) called on Ms Sturgeon to apologise for the rejected referrals during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood. In June, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman…
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