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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…
A 26-year-old woman has been fined £120 after admitting telling paramedics to "move your f***king van" and leaving a foul-mouthed note on their ambulance. Kirsty Sharman pleaded guilty to a public order offence over the incident in which the crew had been responding to a 999 call from her next-door…
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…
Closer integration of health and social care services, with the aim of ending the historic divide between the NHS and social services, has been the goal of successive governments for decades. The rationale has been widely accepted – service improvement, a holistic approach, better use of resources and meeting the…
More than half of mental health practitioners say the proportion of time they are spending on patients' non-health issues such as money problems and housing has increased over the past year. Some 57% of staff reported feeling this way, Citizens Advice found. More than four in five (84%) mental health…
A spike in cases of norovirus has seen more than 800 hospital beds closed per day last week, latest official figures show. NHS England also said 10,800 patients had to wait more than 30 minutes to be seen after arriving at accident and emergency departments by ambulance, with more than…
A large number of patients are not getting the follow-up care they are entitled to after a dementia diagnosis, a charity has said. New analysis by charity Age UK found that thousands of people with the condition do not have a current care plan - a document which sets out…
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