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The health service in Northern Ireland is unique in the UK as the only region where it is not led by a minister. It generally faces the same challenges as in the rest of the UK, with an ageing population, increasingly complex care needs, staffing GP practices and increasing drug…
A London-based nurse who used voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable women from Nigeria to Germany to work as prostitutes has been jailed for 14 years. Josephine Iyamu exposed her five victims to a "real and significant" risk of death as they made hazardous journeys across north Africa and the Mediterranean…
Scotland's new Health Secretary has said she wants to increase the speed at which health and social care services are being brought together. Jeane Freeman (pictured) insisted efforts to make the two services work more closely are going in "absolutely the right direction", but she added more focus is needed…
The integration of health and social care requires "serious political leadership", the head of the spending watchdog has said. Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office (NAO), urged "further and faster progress" to build a service which meets the needs of patients, an ageing population and offers value…
A second hospital is co-operating with a police inquiry into the deaths of 17 babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit. Lucy Letby, 28, continues to be questioned in custody on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants. Officers arrived…
A little-known Scottish politician who "blazed the trail" for the creation of the NHS has been remembered. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard paid tribute to Tom Johnston, who served as secretary of state for Scotland between 1941 and 1945 in Winston Churchill's wartime coalition government. New hospitals had been built…
Detectives have been searching a nurse's home after a healthcare worker was held on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six at a neonatal unit. Officers are said to have arrived at the home of Lucy Letby, 28, early on Tuesday, hours before…
Local health heroes have been honoured by NHS leaders on the eve of the health service's 70th anniversary celebrations. MPs from around England nominated people or organisations from their constituencies who have made innovations or provided high-quality care. NHS England received hundreds of nominations for the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, which…
The founder of the NHS would be angry over the health inequalities that persist across the UK, the Welsh health secretary has said. But Vaughan Gething said that Welshman Aneurin Bevan, also known as the chief architect of the health service, would be "proud" of the values that underpin the…
NHS nurses "don't feel able to provide the level of care they should be" due to low staffing numbers, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that nurses on the front line are "finding it increasingly difficult to do the job". In an interview with the…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
A female healthcare worker has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six after an investigation of the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The arrest comes as part of a long-running investigation following a high number of baby…
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