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Mid Wales invests £250,000 in telehealth technology, to connect rural patients with specialists (4 November 2015)

Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative is creating a new approach to delivering health and social care in what is largely a rural and sparsely populated area.  Read more...

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London borough asks patients to use evening and weekend GPs and pharmacies for minor illness, rather than A&E (3 November 2015)

The London Borough of Havering is calling on NHS patients to take advantage of new extended evening and weekend services from the borough^s GPs, instead of visiting Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments in Havering^s hospitals.  Read more...

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New health service ratings “will boost patient power” (2 November 2015)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that for the first time, from 2016, new Ofsted-style ratings will be introduced to inform NHS patients how their local area’s health service is performing in crucial areas – including cancer services, dementia care, diabetes care, mental health services, learning disabilities services and maternity care.  Read more...

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Government announces seven-day GP access by 2020 (5 October 2015)

The government has pledged seven-day access to GP services for NHS patients by 2020.  Read more...

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MoD study shows carrying blood products in emergency response vehicles improves patient survival rates (24 September 2015)

Research by the government’s Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) shows that using blood products to treat severely injured patients before they reach hospital improves chances of survival.  Read more...

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Welsh government invests £6.7m in new ambulances and patient transport vehicles (21 September 2015)

The Welsh government has announced a £6.7 million investment in 35 new emergency ambulances and six patient transport vehicles to replace older vehicles and upgrade its fleet.  Read more...

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More cancer cases being diagnosed through two-week GP referral than emergency consultations (21 September 2015)

New research by Public Health England (PHE) shows that the number of cancer cases diagnosed as a result of patients attending A&E or GP surgeries as an emergency has decreased.  Read more...

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Norfolk hospital pays compensation for cancer misdiagnosis after patient dies (1 September 2015)

The James Paget Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (JPH) in Gorleston, Norfolk, has paid £1,250 in compensation to a patient’s family for misdiagnosis of cancer in a patient known only as Mr G.  Read more...

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Six-year-old whose GP diagnosed “poorly tummy” has golfball-sized brain tumour removed (17 August 2015)

A six-year-old boy diagnosed by a GP as having “a poorly tummy” was later found by doctors to be suffering from a brain tumour the size of a golf ball.  Read more...

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Figures show NHS is frequently missing cancer targets, ambulance targets and routine surgery targets (14 August 2015)

New figures show that NHS patients’ lives are being put at risk, as delays in cancer scans, surgery delays and missed ambulance targets worsen.  Read more...

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Five nurses at South Wales care home found guilty of misconduct by NMC (10 August 2015)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has said that patients at the centre of the UK^s biggest inquiry into alleged neglect, died as a result of poor care in a care home in South Wales.  Read more...

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Mother alleges son died from meningitis after 111 operator failed to despatch paramedics as a matter of urgency (5 August 2015)

A mother whose son died from meningitis after a mix up between the NHS 111 non-emergency phone line service and the London Ambulance Service has said that she has been let down by the NHS.  Read more...

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ONS data show paramedics have 25 days off sick every year on average (4 August 2015)

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that paramedics are taking an average of 25 sick days off every year – an increase from 14.8 days the previous year.
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UK among top six developed countries for retained surgical instrument errors (4 August 2015)

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revealed that hospitals in the UK are among the worst in the Western world for leaving surgical instruments inside patients after surgery.  Read more...

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More than half of Londoners want lorry ban during rush hour to prevent cycle accidents (3 August 2015)

A YouGov poll for London newspaper the Evening Standard has found that 55% of adults living in London think that HGVs should be banned from roads used by lorries during the rush hour, to protect cyclists.  Read more...

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London Ambulance Service launches new paramedic training academy (3 August 2015)

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is to set up its own training academy to encourage more people from the UK to consider a career as a paramedic.  Read more...

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“Lives put at risk” say doctors, as 999 operators get an extra two minutes to assess calls (24 July 2015)

Senior doctors have warned that a new scheme that will give 999 operators an extra two minutes to assess the urgency of a call may risk lives.  Read more...

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Call for prosecution of care home owner, after seven-year investigation into South Wales care homes (15 July 2015)

An investigation into alleged abuse at care homes in South Wales has concluded that one of the owners of the home should have been prosecuted.  Read more...

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NHS “has lower cancer survival rates” than other nations (6 July 2015)

A review by the Nuffield Trust think tank into 15 wealthy nations has found that the NHS is lagging behind other countries in preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving cancer survival rates.  Read more...

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£3m for man left profoundly disabled, after hospital failed to give him antibiotics (1 July 2015)

A former telecommunications executive has received a £3 million payout after a hospital trust failed to treat septic arthritis with antibiotics.  Read more...

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Teenager suspected of having an eating disorder diagnosed with Crohn’s disease after 10 years (29 June 2015)

A Manchester woman has told her she was misdiagnosed as having an eating disorder and nasal condition when she was eventually found to be suffering from the bowel condition Crohn’s disease.  Read more...

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Kidney transplant patient died after contracting swine flu in hospital (22 June 2015)

A Coroner has urged a hospital trust to take on board any lessons learned from the case of a father-of-two who died from swine flu in hospital following a kidney transplant.  Read more...

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NHS trust “learning lessons” from ignoring cancer patient’s fears disease had returned (17 June 2015)

A teenager who suspected her liver cancer had returned after Googling her symptoms died after doctors told her to stop researching her symptoms online and trust their judgement.  Read more...

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Man bleeds to death after A&E triage error (3 June 2015)

West London Coroner’s Court has heard how a sailor bled to death at home, after being sent home from hospital with medication for back pain.  Read more...

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NHS pays out £108m compensation for patient deaths caused by medical negligence (1 June 2015)

Figures from the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) show that the NHS has paid out £108 million in compensation to families whose loved ones have died as a result of medical negligence – with around 20 families every week receiving compensation from the health service.  Read more...

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Health Service Ombudsman “blasts” Homerton Hospital over death of patient (26 May 2015)

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has criticised Homerton Hospital, after a 60-year-old man went missing from his bed for three hours and was found dead in a lavatory cubicle, having bled to death.  Read more...

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Scottish health board inquiry into allegation that surgeon carried out amputation using rusty saw (26 May 2015)

Ayr Hospital in Scotland has launched an investigation after a surgeon allegedly amputated a patient’s leg using a rust saw he found in a cupboard because the local DIY store was closed.  Read more...

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Nurse convicted of murder “may not be qualified” (19 May 2015)

A male nurse has been found guilty of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 other by injection insulin into saline bags and ampoules.  Read more...

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£17,000 for dental veneers which fell off (13 May 2015)

A butler who underwent cosmetic dentistry has won a settlement of £17,000, after the veneers he had fitted kept falling out.  Read more...

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Teenager misdiagnosed with acid reflux becomes youngest person to have oesophageal cancer (12 May 2015)

A 23-year-old teaching assistant who was told she was too young to have cancer of the oesophagus has spoken of how she had to go through two years of pain and illness before being diagnosed.  Read more...

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Trust apologises to 850 patients who wrongly received cancer leaflet with appointment letter (11 May 2015)

East Sussex Healthcare Trust has apologised after 850 patients were wrongly sent letters telling them to make an urgent appointment as they might have cancer.  Read more...

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GPs warn strain on services is becoming “dangerous” for patients (6 May 2015)

GPs are predicting that patients will wait up to one month to see their GP by this time next year because of pressure on NHS GP services.  Read more...

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Care home with poor hygiene standards branded “inadequate” by CQC (5 May 2015)

A care home inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been branded inadequate in its safety and leadership, after inspectors found residents were not bathed for weeks and were left in soiled sheets, with dirty chairs to sit in.  Read more...

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Doctors warn parents need better access to GPs to relieve pressure on A&E (5 May 2015)

Leading doctors have warned that pressure is being placed on A&E departments by “worried parents” taking their children to casualty for minor ailments.<  Read more...

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Brixton housing association tenants “intimidated” by security guards after protesting against eviction (5 May 2015)

Housing association tenants on a Brixton estate in south London have complained their landlord is trying to intimidate them by erecting barricades around the estate, after tenants challenged a proposed redevelopment of the estate.  Read more...

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Failings on labour ward contributed to baby’s death, says coroner’s report (5 May 2015)

A coroner’s report to Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust has highlighted a series of failings on a labour ward, where a baby was born after a delayed Caesarean and subsequently died.  Read more...

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Nurse left disfigured by unnecessary surgery after cancer misdiagnosis sues hospital (28 April 2015)

A 39-year-old nurse who was misdiagnosed with cancer and told she needed an immediate double mastectomy – only to find out days later she never had the disease – is taking legal action over the misdiagnosis.  Read more...

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Cancer patient with positive prognosis died after contracting treatable hospital-acquired infection (23 April 2015)

The husband of a cancer patient who died from a hospital-acquired infection after being given a positive cancer prognosis has spoken about how the loss of his wife has affected her family.  Read more...

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BMA GP poll shows 34% of GPs are considering retirement in the next five years (15 April 2015)

GP leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) Dr Chaand Nagpaul has said the findings of poll – which revealed one-third of GPs are considering retirement in the next five years – showed that promises being made by some politicians about the NHS were “absurd”.  Read more...

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BMA poll finds more than one-third of GPs say workload is “unmanageable” (9 April 2015)

A new poll by the British Medical Association (BMA) has found that GPs need more funding – and need to more time to spend with patients – to improve GP care.  Read more...

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A&E targets “worst for ten years” (8 April 2015)

New figures for A&E departments in England show that waiting times are the worst for ten years in England.  Read more...

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Family battles NHS for drug son received on five-year drug trial (7 April 2015)

A student who needs a specific drug to enable him to live and lead a normal life is pleading with NHS bosses to prescribe it for him.  Read more...

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Disciplinary hearing told paramedic “went shopping” while pensioner waited in ambulance (24 March 2015)

A disciplinary hearing has heard how a paramedic on call shopped in Marks and Spencer while an elderly patient with sepsis was waiting in an ambulance to be taken to hospital.  Read more...

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A&E targets missed 24 weeks consecutively (23 March 2015)

New figures from NHS England have shown that target waiting times for A&E patients have fallen to below the minimum level of 95% of patients seen within fours hours for the 24th consecutive week.  Read more...

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Council leader warns of more births before admission if local maternity unit closes (20 March 2015)

The leader of Ealing Council Julian Bell has warned that closing a local maternity unit in west London could mean more women having to give birth at home if ambulances could not reach them on time.  Read more...

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NHS dental patients test positive for Hep C, after dentist is suspended for infection control failures (18 March 2015)

An investigation into patient safety among patients of a dentist who refused to follow NHS infection control guidelines has found that five dental patients have tested positive for hepatitis C.  Read more...

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Pharmacy apologises over alleged prescription error (17 March 2015)

A disabled woman whose prescription was mixed up with her husband’s says that her health was put at risk as a result of the blunder.  Read more...

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NHS England missing cancer targets, say MPs (16 March 2015)

The Commons Public Accounts Committee has said cancer care in England has lost momentum and the NHS is struggling to meet waiting targets.  Read more...

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£5.25m for birth injuries after 16-year battle for compensation (13 March 2015)

A woman whose baby suffered brain injury during delivery has been awarded £5.25 million after a 16-year battle for compensation.  Read more...

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Furness Hospital failings “a small scale Mid-Staffs” (4 March 2015)

An investigation into Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has found that the deaths of 11 babies and one mother at the hospital were the result of major failures in care.  Read more...

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Study finds NHS dementia diagnosis increases sevenfold, raising fears that some patients are being misdiagnosed (25 February 2015)

Researchers at the University of Sheffield say that concerns over the government’s NHS drive to diagnose more cases of dementia have been realised, with some patients who have depression – or simply have a fading memory due to old age – potentially being misdiagnosed with dementia.  Read more...

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US team develops cancer diagnosis pill (24 February 2015)

US researchers at Stanford University in California have developed a pill which they hope may replace biopsies in cancer diagnosis.  Read more...

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Gallbladder operation leaves patient in agony after tube on liver is severed (16 February 2015)

A woman who suffered injury as a result of surgical error during a routine gallbladder operation has spoken of how she was left writhing on the floor in agony after surgeons severed a tube leading to her liver.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for paramedic who failed to treat dying man (13 February 2015)

Wolverhampton Crown Court has given a former paramedic an eight-month suspended prison sentence, after he failed to assist a man he saw collapsed on the ground in front of Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands.  Read more...

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NHS patients fear reporting medical negligence will have no effect – or make things worse (11 February 2015)

A culture of fear is preventing NHS patients who receive poor medical care from reporting concerns or making complaints about NHS care, in case it makes the situation worse.  Read more...

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High Court ruling means heart failure patient can sue GP (9 February 2015)

The High Court in London has ruled in favour of a man who suffered serious health impairment after his GP failed to recognise symptoms of heart failure.  Read more...

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Investigation into ambulance delay in fatal accident in which 16-year-old died (9 February 2015)

An investigation has been launched into why it took an ambulance more than 25 minutes to reach a badly injured teenager whose scooter had been involved in a collision with a car.  Read more...

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Think tank’s report labels NHS reforms as “disastrous” for patient care (6 February 2015)

A report into the health service by think tank the King’s Fund has said that the reorganisation of the NHS had been “disastrous” – and had distracted the health service from patient care.  Read more...

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MP calls for ban on “designer vagina” cosmetic surgery (5 February 2015)

Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz MP is calling on a ban on cosmetic surgery involving “designer vagina” procedures.
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