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The health watchdog has taken action after an inspection at a hospital brought up a "number of concerns" surrounding its A&E department, particularly with regard to whether staff were identifying patients with suspected sepsis effectively. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said inspectors also found that care records were not always…
Neglect by a children's hospital led to the death of a toddler who was left waiting days for emergency surgery, an inquest has found. Kayden Urmston-Bancroft, aged 20 months, was admitted to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on April 12 2016 for surgery on a diaphragmatic hernia but suffered a…
The removal of financial incentives for GPs has been linked with a decline in performance by a new study. Researchers said an "immediate" reduction recorded across 12 quality measures they studied may be partly accounted for by changes to doctors' methods of documentation. However, they said declines in measures involving…
A campaign group has lodged an appeal after it lost its legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) argued the decision by ministers, over the use of the drug misoprostol, was…
Statins are not effective at reducing heart disease and stroke among certain groups of elderly people, a new study suggests. The findings "do not support the widespread use of statins in old and very old populations", the authors wrote. But the cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are widely prescribed across the globe,…
An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a charity has warned. Age UK said the safety net for older people living at home is failing…
The NHS could face paying tens of millions a year in extra immigration costs after Brexit, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has warned. Analysis by the RCP suggested that rising costs, coupled with the potential for European Union nationals to face similar charges to non-EU medics for the first…
Children and young people with a form of leukaemia will have access to a groundbreaking treatment after NHS England secured a deal with the drug manufacturer. Tisagenlecleucel, a form of chimeric antigen receptor T-Cell (CAR-T) therapy, has been shown to cure some patients with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. NHS…
Health officials have urged adults to check their risk of having a heart attack or stroke using a free online tool. The Heart Age Test, developed by experts, asks people over the age of 30 to answer a series of questions about their lifestyle and physical health. If the tool…
More than half of British adults cannot name any symptom of blood cancer despite it being one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the UK, a charity has warned. Bloodwise said it found just 1% of people questioned said they were "very confident" they could identify common symptoms, even…
Hospital doctors have been given new guidance on how to write letters that are easier for patients to understand. Outpatient clinicians have been advised to write most of their letters in a style that is direct to patients, rather than to their GPs. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issued…
One in four student nurses are dropping out of their degrees before graduation, figures show. Data obtained by nursing journal Nursing Standard and the charity the Health Foundation indicates that of 16,544 UK nursing students who began three-year degrees due to finish in 2017, 4,027 left their courses early or…
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