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More than 200 million medication errors are made in the NHS every year and could lead to the deaths of thousands of people, researchers say. Mistakes - ranging from giving patients the wrong medication to delivering prescriptions late - may cause around 1,700 deaths annually in England and contribute to…
A children's hospital charity has confirmed it will keep past donations totalling more than £360,000 from the controversial Presidents Club. Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, the charity for Evelina London Children's Hospital, said it would be keeping £365,000 in donations "as we cannot return these in line with our charitable…
A Tory peer's links with pharmaceutical companies have been questioned in the Commons after she was chosen to lead a review into NHS patient concerns. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had "every confidence" that Baroness Julia Cumberlege will do a good job in examining how the health service responds…
NHS trusts are £1.2 billion in the red as they face increasing demand for services, new figures show. At the end of December, NHS providers in England reported a year-to-date deficit of £1,281 billion, which is £365 million worse than the £916 million planned deficit, according to NHS Improvement data.…
Three quarters of NHS nurses believe that winter pressures on the NHS have hampered their ability to care for dying patients. A new poll found that 77% of nurses said that strain on the system over the colder months has had a negative effect on the quality of care they…
A service user who was convicted of defrauding the health service by claiming over £9,000 in false expenses has been handed a 4 month custodial sentence at Enniskillen Magistrates Court. At a previous court hearing Vincent Barlow (53) of Florencecourt, Enniskillen was found guilty of fraud by false representation and…
An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people over the age of 70. But the first-line treatments - paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory…
A man left with a permanent brain injury after he was given double the intended dose of radiotherapy two decades ago is to receive a compensation package of £7 million in settlement of his clinical negligence claim. A High Court judge in London heard on Monday that the man, who…
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