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A healthcare professional has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients as part of an investigation into allegations of mistreatment at a hospital.Lancashire Police said they had been contacted by the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on November 8 over allegations of mistreatment and neglect of patients at the…
Urgent checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after it was revealed a fake psychiatrist was allowed to practice for 22 years with no qualification.Zholia Alemi claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995.In reality, her claim to have…
Noise pollution in hospitals is regularly exceeding international recommendations, according to new research.The issue is a common concern among patients, families and staff, a study suggests.It found four in 10 (40%) patients are bothered by noise at night, which can be loud even in intensive care units.In an editorial published…
A pioneering cancer treatment has been recommended for leukaemia patients under the age of 25.CART-cell therapy involves taking a person's own immune cells and modifying them to fight their cancer cells, and has the potential to be a cure.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said young people…
A major overhaul of national cancer screening programmes will look at possible changes to currently outsourced provision following "recent issues" with breast and cervical cancer screening, NHS England has said.Screening programmes have saved hundreds of thousands of lives but improvements can always be made, and the review will look at…
The NHS faces a shortage of 350,000 staff by 2030, with experts warning that the workforce crisis is now a greater threat to services than its financial problems.Three leading health sector think tanks are calling on the Government and NHS England to take urgent action to tackle the growing workforce…
All bodies involved in the integration of health and social care services need to work together better if it is to make a “meaningful difference” to people in Scotland, according to a report.A new publication from public spending watchdog Audit Scotland found there is still a long way to go…
A private company hired to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England has been slammed after it emerged that more than 40,000 women had not been sent the appropriate smear test information.The British Medical Association (BMA) claimed that up to 48,500 women have not received information regarding cervical…
Fresh concerns about patient data have been raised after Google announced plans to bring the health division of its DeepMind artificial intelligence company more closely under its control.The move means Google will manage the subsidiary's Streams app, which processes NHS patient data to alert doctors if someone is at risk…
Families have raised questions over the deaths of 36 people at a trust at the centre of a maternity probe, it has emerged.Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust said it had been in contact with dozens of families who had queries about their maternity experience at the trust between 1973 and…
Police have released CCTV photographs of a woman they want to speak to after £10,000 was stolen from a 91-year-old patient with dementia as she lay in her hospital bed.Mary Banks died within four weeks of her purse being stolen at Peterborough City Hospital in September.Her bank card was used…
The mother of a girl with cystic fibrosis is taking legal action against the NHS after it refused funding for a drug which could extend her daughter's life.Sarah Burgwin, of Totnes, Devon, said it was "shameful" that six-year-old Katie Stafford (both pictured) was being denied access to Orkambi.The drug's high…
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