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Category Archives: NHS

NHS in crisis: GP levels unsafe

NHS in crisis: GP levels unsafe The BBC reports that the NHS is experiencing the first sustained fall in GP numbers in 50 years. Nuffield Trust think tanks carried out analysis on behalf of the BBC. And they found that there is now only 60 GPs per 100,000 people in the UK. In 2014 it…
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Patient safety needs to be same at Private hospitals

Patient safety needs to be same at Private hospitals The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said that private hospitals must do more for patient safety. With referencing the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson, the RCS say that private hospitals need to prevent harm coming to people. Ian Paterson carried out unnecessary breast surgery operations. And…
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Bowel Cancer Awareness

April is bowel cancer awareness month. Talking about poo, bowel movements, tummy troubles, number 2s - whatever you want to call them, is embarrassing. We tend to not talk about it. And find it hard to seek help when we have concerns. However, This month is dedicated to raising the awareness of bowel cancer. The…
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Inquest finds hospital failings contribute to death

Inquest finds hospital failings contribute to death An inquest into the death of a mental health patient has found that there were hospital failings. These failing contributed to the suicide of Claire Greaves from Pontypool in February 2018. The inquest records an open verdict in the death of Claire. The mental health hospital she was…
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Stillbirth to be investigated by coroner?

Stillbirth to be investigated by coroner? Stillbirths in England and Wales could be investigated by coroners say ministers. The government is consulting on this to help get devastated parents answers on what happened. It could also provide learning opportunities to help reduce stillbirths. Whilst hospitals conduct investigations into stillbirth from healthy pregnancies, the coroner would…
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Is the NHS crumbling?

The NHS faces relentless strains, but is it crumbling? We continue to hear on the news that diagnosis and treatment times are falling behind with more and more claims against the NHS being made by patients and their families. Cancer diagnosis and treatment is in dire straits and our A&E’s are not performing. We struggle…
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Is high-strength cannabis causing mental health issues?

Is high-strength cannabis causing mental health issues? A large study finds that high strength cannabis is taking a toll on people’s mental health. One of the largest studies to occur in this field states that it is having a  severely negative impact on users. The study says it should be acted on by Government imminently.…
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New targets for emergency mental health

NHS England has announced new targets for emergency mental health. Mental health patients presenting at A&E departments and being referred need to have a response from the psychiatric team within an hour. Those accessing urgent and emergency mental health services in the community need to be receiving care within 24 hours. These new standards will…
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Wrong metal plates used for fractures

Wrong metal plates used for fractures The NHS has said that the wrong metal plates may have been used for fractures. Patients may have had the wrong metal plates put in to mend their broken bones. It has come to light that at one trust a flexible metal plate has been used instead of a…
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Large numbers potentially affected by hernia mesh complications

Large numbers potentially affected by hernia mesh complications Up to 170,000 people who have had hernia mesh implants in England in the past six years could face complications. Hernia repairs are very common as 1 in 10 people will develop a hernia. There have been between 90,000 and 100,000 hernia mesh operations in England each…
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