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NHS maternity units closed almost 300 times in 2017

Gemma Crompton
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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...

Sepsis - what are the causes, symptoms and treatments?

Laura Sheehan
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If you ask the general population, many won’t know or have even heard of it, yet according to the UK Sepsis Trust, it’s one of the most common causes of death in the UK, responsible for killing up to 44,000 people a year. It’s...

Top tips for living with an acquired brain injury

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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Brain injuries can occur at any stage of life and can have a long-lasting and life altering effect on those who suffer from them and their families. Read our top ten tips for those who have or those who care for someone with an acquired brain...

Gross negligence manslaughter in the NHS

Gemma Crompton
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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...

Cancer screening scandal: My mum's story proves technology cannot replace one-to-one care

Judith Thomas-Whittingham
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Are we becoming over reliant on IT systems and simply ignoring human observations? On Wednesday, it was revealed that up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening, due to an...

Cheap cosmetic surgery comes at a price for the NHS

Gemma Crompton
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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...

Guidelines updated for the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer

Kelly Withers
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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have updated their guidance on diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in the UK. It mainly affects people who are between...

Man dies from sepsis hours after attending his GP surgery

Carla Duprey
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The Manchester Evening News has covered an inquest of a man (Paul Hardy) who died from sepsis ten hours after attending his GP surgery. Paul had fallen ill in February 2016 with cold-like symptoms. He attended his GP surgery on 17 th February...

The Care Quality Commission demands improvements to detox clinics

Kelly Withers
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a briefing, developed with Public Health England (PHE) on 30 November 2017, demanding improvements to residential detox clinics. They raised serious concerns that people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs...

MPs accuse NHS of reluctance to admit mistakes

Kelly Withers
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MPs have accused the NHS of causing the costs of clinical negligence claims to spiral because there is a reluctance to admit mistakes when they have been made. The Law Society Gazette reports that cases now take, on average, 426 days to resolve, whereas...

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