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The NHS is to get an extra £384 million a week after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. In a major announcement to mark the 70th anniversary of the health service, the PM has said it will receive an additional £20 billion a year in real terms funding by…
Reforms to mental health units have stalled after a Tory MP delivered one of the Commons' longest speeches in recent years. Cries of "shame" were heard in the chamber as the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill was blocked due to the efforts of Philip Davies (Shipley) and former…
The NHS could benefit from a "radical simplification" of streamlining and making social care free at the point of need, former Labour and Tory health ministers have suggested. Lord Ara Darzi and Lord David Prior, now Labour and Conservative peers respectively, have proposed a number of radical reforms that would…
The NHS is to be able to recruit thousands more medical staff from abroad, after the Government announced a relaxation on visas. Doctors and nurses are to be excluded from the cap on so-called "Tier 2" visas for skilled workers from non-EU countries, imposed by Theresa May when she was…
The number of patients waiting longer than the recommended 18 weeks to start planned NHS hospital treatment has reached the highest number in almost a decade by exceeding half a million, official figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics for April show 500,068 patients waited more than 18…
Patients with pre-existing mental health conditions feel they are treated with less respect and dignity while staying in hospital, according to the results of a wide-ranging survey. This group reported worse experiences across most areas of care, including how well their needs and preferences were respected, than those without diagnosed…
The NHS has unveiled plans to cut unnecessarily long hospital stays, freeing up thousands of beds ahead of next winter. Around 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in hospital every year but many are well enough to be discharged, NHS England said. Health bosses will aim to reduce this…
Immigration rules preventing overseas doctors being recruited by the NHS have been branded "ludicrous and shameful" in the Lords. Former Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman warned patient care was being "compromised" by a shortage of doctors while recruits were being refused visas to enter the UK. For the Government, the Earl…
A new study suggests more value needs to be placed in promoting exercise for people with severe mental health issues in secure hospital settings. Researchers from Loughborough University have explored the way health care assistants perceive the benefits of exercise for their adult patients, as well as their attitudes to…
Forty-five people were evacuated from wards at a north London hospital on Sunday night after a fire broke out. Almost 60 firefighters and eight fire engines rushed to Chase Farm Hospital on The Ridgeway in Enfield at just after 10.10pm. They discovered a blaze on the ground floor of the…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is promising more support for doctors and nurses who make "honest mistakes" while treating patients so they can learn from their errors without fear of prosecution. Mr Hunt has accepted the main findings of a review into the use of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare amid…
Patients in Wales will be encouraged to only go to hospital if it is essential, under new plans published by the Welsh Government. As the 70th anniversary of the NHS approaches, health services will be delivered in the community with a focus on prevention. Ministers have promised a revolution in…
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