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Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

21.08.17: Regular risk assessments were not carried out by the psychiatrist responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk when the teenager died in 2013, a tribunal has today found. Sparrowhawk, who was epileptic and had autism and learning difficulties died wh...

Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

21.08.17: Concern has been raised by the families of older patients this week who say that it is too difficult to complain about the hospital care or treatment their relative is receiving. In a survey conducted by the Parliamentary and Health Service...

Patients in the south waiting significantly longer for vital treatment

16.08.17: Analysis of CCG data has found a huge disparity in care in different areas of England, as patients in the south were found to be waiting far longer to access vital medical treatments such as pacemakers, cataract surgery and hip and knee replacem...

Privacy of care environment in rapid decline, patients warn

16.08.17: Patients have this week voiced increasing dissatisfaction with the privacy of care environments in hospitals across England. In NHS Digital’s fifth annual Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) report, it was revealed...

Improved care saved lives of 500 heart failure sufferers last year

10.08.17: An independent report released today has found that hundreds more people are surviving heart failure due to improvements to patient care. NHS England stated that the report found that the mortality rate for people admitted to hospital with...

Nearly half of maternity wards forced to close at least once last year

08.08.17: Nearly half the maternity units in England were forced to close at some point in 2016, research published today by Labour has revealed. The data was obtained by the party through Freedom of Information (FoI) request, which asked trusts whet...

Brexit Alliance: Urgent agreement needed on key NHS priority areas

03.08.17: NHS patients stand to lose out if the government does not give issues like healthcare research and access to new medicines the attention they deserve when trying to untangle from the European Union, the Brexit Health Alliance has warned. Th...

RCSEd: Improve working environments to protect patient safety

02.08.17: A major surgical college has today called on the government to tackle shortfalls in NHS staff after a survey of its members revealed broad inefficiencies across the NHS workforce. In a report released by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinbu...

Struggling Lincolnshire trust to continue overnight closure at A&E unit

02.08.17: A struggling trust in Lincolnshire has announced that it has been forced to continue the overnight closure of the A&E unit at one of its hospitals. Back in August 2016, hospital leaders made the decision to temporarily change the openin...

Hospital unit could be closed for a year to replace cladding on building

01.08.17: A hospital unit in Oxford will close for up to a year after a report into fire safety standards of cladding on its building revealed that it did not meet required standards. Following an independent report into the cladded buildings on four...

A welcome signal on the future of medicines

28.07.17: Just before NHE went to press, Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clark issued a letter entitled ‘the UK wants to continue to work with the EU on medicines’. David Stevenson reports on this and recent discussions around Brexit. An “impo...

‘Tainted blood’ campaigners boycott inquiry meeting with DH

20.07.17: More than 10 organisations launching a campaign against the government for the ‘tainted blood’ scandal have today refused to be involved with an official inquiry headed up by the Department of Health (DH). The organisations have...

Up to 3,000 beds must be freed up to deliver safe care this winter, warns NHSI

17.07.17: The NHS will need to free up 2,000 to 3,000 acute beds to be able to ensure safe, effective care is delivered this winter, NHS Improvement (NHSI) has stated. In its review of the torrid winter the health service experienced over 2016-17, NH...

First cosmetic surgery certification issued by RCS

14.07.17: A Manchester surgeon has become the first in the country to be officially endorsed to perform cosmetic surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). The new certification was launched in January in a bid to better regulate cosmetic surger...

Six-month waits for treatment soar as NHS performance slips further

14.07.17: A&E performance is continuing to slide, as data released this week by NHS England revealed that targets were still not being met. In figures for May, it was reported that 89.7% of patients in emergency wards were seen within four hours...

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Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

21/08/2017Risk assessments not carried out before teenager’s death at Southern Health

Regular risk assessments were not carried out by the psychiatrist responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk when the teenager died in 2013, a tribunal h... more >
Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

21/08/2017Too many older patients ‘suffering in silence’ over complaint concerns

Concern has been raised by the families of older patients this week who say that it is too difficult to complain about the hospital care or treat... more >

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