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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 cross-party group of 140 MPs has written to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for an "immediate and effective" response to problems faced by long-term British residents from the "Windrush generation" over their immigration status. The move follows concern that people are facing deportation and being denied access to healthcare…
Care Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales have jointly published the 2016-17 monitoring report on for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) across Wales. The Safeguards apply to people over the age of 18 who can’t consent to treatment or care in a hospital or care home and where restrictions or…
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…
Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients could be given funds to pay for their own healthcare under new government plans. The scheme would see controversial "personal budgets" rolled out to around 350,000 people in a bid to "put power back in the hands of patients". Currently just 23,000 NHS users…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised after it was discovered he made errors over the purchase of plush flats on England's south coast. Mr Hunt said his failure to declare a business interest with both Companies House and the parliamentary register of MPs interests was down to "honest administrative mistakes"…
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…
There should be "mandatory minimum standards" for hospital food, Labour has said. Official NHS Digital data shows that in 2016/17 some hospitals in England are spending £3 on each patient per day for their meals while others are spending up to £40. But there are discrepancies in the way the…
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