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Increases in a hospital's car parking charges for staff will wipe out a proposed NHS pay rise, according to a union. Unite expressed anger at an announcement of increases for patients, visitors and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn from June. The union said many staff faced…
Councils cannot charge people for the first six weeks of intermediate care, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned, following an investigation into a complaint about North Somerset Council. The warning comes after a family complained North Somerset Council was not clear about the care home fees they…
Up to 20 million Britons are suffering from two or more serious health problems and the NHS needs restructuring to deal with them properly, according to a leading professor. The number of people living with multiple long-term illnesses and dying prematurely is increasing, according to a report by the Academy…
Health inspectors were forced to intervene to help a patient with suspected sepsis at a hospital which was ordered to improve, a report has revealed. Staff in the emergency department of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, West Midlands, failed to properly monitor and treat the patient after they were admitted,…
Physical assaults on health workers including nurses and ambulance crews have increased as staff shortages create a "hostile" environment, a new study shows. Research for Unison revealed a near-10% rise in England last year, with a "staggering" 21% increase in hospitals with an A&E department. There were 56,435 assaults in…
Four brothers who wanted their sick elderly father to be allowed to leave hospital and "naturally pass away" at home after complaining about the way he was being cared for in hospital have lost a fight in a specialist court. Bosses at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust…
The father of an autistic teenager who died after being prescribed antipsychotic medication has blamed the drug for his death and said his son would still be alive if "arrogant" doctors had listened to them. Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, who also suffered from epilepsy and learning difficulties, died…
A woman who was the first baby to be born on the NHS said it "breaks her heart" to see services run down. Aneira Thomas claimed there was a delay in an ambulance arriving at her daughter's house when she suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2015 because the closest ambulance…
A UK-wide campaign to encourage patients to change from their pyjamas and get moving around is being supported by the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Professor Jean White. The #EndPJParalysis 70-day challenge aims to achieve one million patient days of relevant patients being dressed in day clothes and moving around,…
NHS trusts are spending millions of pounds outsourcing staff to new arms-length private companies, research has revealed. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by Unison showed that trusts in England are "shelling-out" huge amounts of money on consultants. Companies are advising trusts on the setting up of wholly-owned subsidiaries, to…
Hospital wards being out of use and beds being left empty is a "scandal" at a "time of crisis for the NHS", the shadow health secretary has said. Jonathan Ashworth warned beds were being "locked away" after figures showed 82 wards - the equivalent of two entire hospitals - had…
A group of 20 NHS hospital trusts has launched a legal bid for business rates relief in a landmark case that could save under-pressure hospitals nearly £300 million a year. The trusts have begun court proceedings against 49 local authorities seeking to be treated the same as private hospitals for…
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