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NHS maternity units closed almost 300 times in 2017

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Freedom of Information requests have recently confirmed that almost half of all maternity units in England were forced to turn away expectant mothers in 2017. Maternity units were closed 287 times usually due to lack of capacity and staffing issues. This...

Gross negligence manslaughter in the NHS

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A review commissioned by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has provided recommendations for when patients die following NHS treatment. Professor Williams’ review recommends that patient deaths which aren’t referred to a coroner...

Cheap cosmetic surgery comes at a price for the NHS

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It has been reported recently that the NHS is spending millions of pounds every year correcting mistakes made by plastic surgeons abroad. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) have reported that four out of five of...

Royal College of Midwives to end campaign promoting "normal births"

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Since 2005, the Royal College of Midwives has run a campaign to try to encourage expectant mothers to have what was deemed “normal births”. The Royal College has recently confirmed that they will alter the language used for mothers who need to...

Misdiagnosis of broken bones in our A&E departments

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A study in the Medico-Legal Journal has recently demonstrated a worrying trend of patients being sent home from A&E departments with undiagnosed fractures, particularly of the hand and hip. A delayed diagnosis of a fracture can lead to non-union of the...

Criminal convictions for "rogue" breast surgeon

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The Criminal Trial relating to the disgraced former NHS Surgeon, Ian Paterson, has now concluded with a jury finding him guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three further wounding charges. Paterson was a Consultant Breast Surgeon working at...

Shocking inspection results from private hospital

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The CQC has recently published a damning report on the Oaklands Private Hospital in Manchester. Two senior managers have lost their jobs following a Care Quality Commission report which branded the hospital as “inadequate” and states that...

NHS data error may have caused harm to patients

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The Guardian have today reported on a significant data protection error which has potentially harmed hundreds of thousands of patients. It has been reported that more than 500,000 individual pieces of patient correspondence were not delivered from 2011 and...

NHS accident and emergency services in crisis

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The increasing problems suffered by the NHS have been well-publicised this New Year with the Red Cross going as far to say that the NHS was suffering a “humanitarian crisis”. The Government has made every effort to play this down, however,...

Hospitals failing to investigate unexpected deaths

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A report from the Care Quality Commission has this week revealed that the NHS is failing to properly investigate deaths in hospitals. This failure is, in turn, preventing hospitals from learning from their mistakes and ensuring that they are not repeated. ...

Maternity services at crisis point

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The Royal College of Midwives, which is holding its annual conference this week, have made a number of stark warnings to the government about unsafe care due to dwindling resources. A poll of senior midwives has revealed that one in three maternity units...

Successful first 6 months for Welsh deemed consent to organ donation

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Last December, the Welsh Government switched from an “opt in” to an “opt out” approach to organ donation - Change in law to increase number of organ donations in Wales . Now 6 months in to the new system, 60 organs have been...

Do you want Google to access your private medical records?

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Deepmind, a company owned by Google, has been given access to the private healthcare records of up to 1.6 million patients from Barnet, Chase Farm and Royal Free hospitals. This information is being provided as part of an agreement with the Royal Free Trust...

Nurses could reduce the strain on GPs

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A recent report from the think-tank, Reform, has concluded that one in three visits to a GP practice could be dealt with by the practice nurse rather than the GP. The estimated saving of this, which would also allow more patients to be seen rather...

Doctors to examine all hospital deaths with a 'second look'

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The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is due to announce that all deaths in hospital will, from 2018, be examined by a second doctor who was unconnected to the deceased’s care. This move is intended to improve care and to provide answers to bereaved...

Thousands of patients recalled due to hepatitis C scare

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Over 8000 patients have been contacted by the NHS advising them to have a blood test following reports from Lanarkshire Health Trust that two patients have probably been infected with hepatitis C from a former NHS clinician. It has been reported that an...

Growing concern on the 'privatisation' of the NHS

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Leaders of trade unions representing NHS workers have recently voiced concern about the growing number of private companies providing NHS care. Union leaders believe that this may threaten one of the core principles of the NHS: that treatment is to be...

Ten per cent drop in deaths from cancer

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Figures from Cancer Research UK have revealed that death rates from cancer have dropped ten per cent in ten years, but the number of actual deaths continues to rise. In 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer, a drop from 312 in...

Landmark corporate manslaughter case begins against NHS Trust

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A criminal trial relating to the tragic death of Frances Cappuccini, in October 2012, began yesterday (13 January 2016). Mrs Cappuccini died within hours of giving birth to her second child by an emergency caesarean section. It is the prosecution’s...

700,000 more cancer cases in the next 20 years due to obesity

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A study recently published by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum has predicted that there will be more than 700,000 more cases of cancer as a result of obesity in the UK over the next 20 years. If current trends are maintained, almost three quarters...

Wide variation in the care of patients following heart attacks

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A report has recently been released which has revealed a large variation in the use of life-saving stents in English hospitals. The ten year study shows that patients were twice as likely to receive stents at hospitals with a seven-day service and 30...

Change in law to increase number of organ donations in Wales

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From 1 December 2015, the Welsh Government has switched to an “opt-out” system for organ donation. This means that if you live in Wales and do not want to be an organ donor after you die, you have to opt out by telephone or online. You can still...

Hundreds of babies could be saved from stillbirth

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A report has recently revealed worrying statistics on the prevalence of stillbirths in the UK. More than 1000 babies without any congenital abnormality die before labour begins every year, one of the highest rates in Europe. The report, commissioned by...

Call for greater transparency and safety at private hospitals

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The BBC are currently reporting on the safety of private hospitals following a report from the Centre for Health and Public Interest that estimated that around 6,000 patients a year are admitted from private to NHS hospitals of which 2,500 are emergency...

Thousands more NHS midwives needed

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The Royal College of Midwives release report demonstrating worrying figures about the number of UK midwives. It has been revealed that the NHS currently requires 2,600 midwives, a number which is set to rise as those at the end of their careers...

Efficiency savings could save the NHS billions every year

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Lord Carter has recently released some further proposals on how to save the NHS £22 billion per year by 2020. His ideas detail a commonsense approach to savings, including ensuring that all hospitals adopt practices which provide the best value for...

Do we need a seven day NHS?

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The magazine for GPs, Pulse, has revealed that nearly half of the GP surgeries that began opening during the evenings and at weekends, as part of a pilot scheme, have cut their hours. Eight of the 18 pilot areas, which were given shares of...

The UK's ageing population may cause health crisis

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It has been reported this week that one in three people born in 2015 will develop dementia during their lifetimes. Research has revealed that, due to longer life expectancies, 27 per cent of boys and 37 per cent of girls will develop the condition....

"No apology" reason why most NHS patients complain

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The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has revealed that the most common reason that patients escalate NHS complaints is due to the lack of a proper apology from Trusts when things go wrong. It was named as the reason for 34 per cent of...

Deaths from hospital viruses falling

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The Office of National Statistics has recently confirmed that the number of deaths from the viruses MRSA and Clostridium difficile, or C.diff, is continuing to fall. Deaths from MRSA fell by 20% from 364 in 2011 to 292 in 2012 and there were 1,646 deaths...