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Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

18.03.19: An investigation into a reported ‘never event’ found that a patient was given ‘medical air’ instead of oxygen during their care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH). Medical air contains 21% oxygen and is similar to...

Top nurse to lead new integrated care group in Nottinghamshire

18.03.19: A top nurse has been appointed to lead a new health partnership in Nottinghamshire described as an alliance of NHS providers, commissioners, and local authorities. Rachel Munton has been chosen as the first independent chair of the mid-Nott...

Trust names new senior leadership team and appoints CEO and turnaround director

18.03.19: A troubled acute trust has appointed a new senior leadership team including a new chief executive and a ‘turnaround director’. Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust (RLBUH) has appointed Peter Williams as its...

Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18.03.19: Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan...

Old lock, new key? Sizing up the NHS Long-Term Plan

18.03.19: Tom McCarthy, managing partner at Niche, sizes up the NHS Long-Term Plan. “It's the economy, stupid,” was coined by Bill Clinton’s election strategist, James Carville, in 1992 to emphasise the single most important issue t...

£3m Shrewsbury hospital ward opening delayed by fire regulations

15.03.19: A new £3m ward designed to help ease winter pressures at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital is not currently in use because it does not meet fire safety and building regulations. The ward, announced last September, was planned to relieve press...

Grandmother dies at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in latest fungal infection death case

15.03.19: Prosecutors are investigating a third death at Glasgow’s flagship hospital after a grandmother contracted a fungal infection, the latest infection-control incident to hit the city’s hospitals. Mito Kaur, aged 63, was one of two...

Royal College of Emergency Medicine elects first female president

15.03.19: The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has announced Katherine Henderson as its newest president, becoming the college’s first female president. Henderson won her election against two other candidates and will leave her curren...

A&E waiting times hit record low again as February becomes the ‘toughest month to date’ for the NHS

14.03.19: The NHS has reported its worst ever performance figures for the second month in a row in the wake of new proposals scrapping the flagship four-hour A&E target, according to the latest NHS statistics. The “overwhelmed” health...

Plans unveiled to replace fire-ravaged Christie hospital cancer unit

14.03.19: Plans for a new cancer research centre in Manchester has been revealed to replace a fire-damaged building at the Christie hospital. The regeneration of the Paterson building, which was destroyed in a huge fire in 2017, sets out plans for a...

Structural defects ‘boggle the imagination’ at Roseberry hospital and will take five years to fix

13.03.19: A hospital plagued with structural problems will take “four to five years” to fully repair after a special task force found “serious failings” by contractors had caused avoidable but serious defects. Roseberry Park H...

MPs express ‘extreme concern’ at NHSE’s decision to hand cancer scan services to private firm

13.03.19: An MP has written to NHS England CEO Simon Stevens stating she is “extremely concerned” about the decision to take cancer screening services away from an Oxford hospital trust and hand it to a private firm. Government and opposi...

Risk to patient safety at Royal Glamorgan Hospital’s maternity ward as inspectors find fatigued and overstretched staff

13.03.19: Concerns about the safety of pregnant patients and their babies due to “significant staffing issues” have been raised at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the wake of an investigation into the death of 26 babies. An inspection fro...

BMA to sue government over pension changes resulting in ‘huge’ losses

12.03.19: The British Medical Association (BMA) is to sue the government on behalf of thousands of doctors who have claimed they have been forced to join a pension scheme that will result in “huge financial losses” when they retire. BMA s...

Hospitals face fines for missing sepsis targets under new NHS England rules

12.03.19: Hospitals could be fined if they fail to meet new targets for detecting and treating sepsis under new NHS England rules coming into effect in April. The guidance requires staff to alert doctors of all patients suspected of having the deadly...

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Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

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