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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 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…
A doctor has been suspended from working for a year after an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath while left alone in an NHS care home. Dr Valerie Murphy was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties, who was found submerged in the…
A review has been launched into patient concerns about hormone pregnancy test drug Primodos, vaginal mesh and sodium valproate. Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that Baroness Julia Cumberlege will lead a review into how the NHS responds to safety concerns raised by patients about medicines or medical…
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…
Six police officers and staff will face misconduct proceedings following the death of a man with mental health problems in police custody. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant, two detention officers and three police constables will face misconduct hearings, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Thomas Orchard, 32,…
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…
The energy industry is to investigate how it can improve its standards of care and support for vulnerable customers. Trade association Energy UK has launched a new independently-chaired commission which will hold hearings across the UK over the coming months to hear from consumer, elderly, disability and mental health groups…
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