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British citizens would get an "NHS health card" allowing them free medical treatment under a Ukip plan that would block foreign nationals from free care. Non-Britons would require private medical insurance unless a post-Brexit UK had done a reciprocal deal with their government, the right-wing party pledged in a new…
People in the UK have a higher risk of dying early from conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke than in Italy, France, South Korea and Australia, a major study has found. The research revealed that a 30-year-old woman in the UK has a 9% chance of dying from…
More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. In total, local authorities will have to make £800 million of public health cuts over six years, the party…
Allegations of “systematic bullying” at NHS Tayside and the stress-related suicide of a trainee doctor there prompted the resignation of the health board’s whistleblowing champion, MSPs were told. Munwar Hussain was one of three non-executive directors of the troubled health board who quit in the wake of what was branded…
The NHS is struggling to fill shifts around the clock as it deals with a new generation of workers who want flexible working, it has been claimed. Young people joining the health service have high expectations of their employer and want more say over when they work, a trust chief…
A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes has had her 14-year prison sentence increased. Solicitor General Robert Buckland went to the Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge the jail term handed out to Josephine Iyamu. As she…
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…
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