Latest NHS news

Yarl's Wood Guard Suspended After Secret Film

Yarl's Wood Guard Suspended After Secret Film

A member of staff at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre has been suspended after an undercover TV investigation filmed gu…

  • Clegg makes NHS funding pledge
    Clegg makes NHS funding pledge Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The NHS would receive billions of extra funding if the Liberal Democrats have a hand in the next UK government, Nick Clegg has told his party faithful. More »

  • Savile lessons 'still not learned'
    Savile lessons 'still not learned' Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NHS hospitals have still not fully learned the lessons of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, a damning new report into his sordid crimes spanning 50 years has revealed. More »

  • Reports: NHS Failings Let Savile Abuse Children
    Reports: NHS Failings Let Savile Abuse Children Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A series of damning reports are expected to confirm institutionalised failings which allowed Jimmy Savile to abuse vulnerable children at NHS hospitals. The long-awaited report from the Department of Health will address the "lessons learned" from the Savile scandal, but is unlikely to lead to managers or staff being held to account for failing to stop his abuse. A report from Buckinghamshire NHS Trust will focus on his offending at one of Savile's favoured hospitals, Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Paralympics. The privileges and access afforded to Savile at Stoke Mandeville included a bedroom in the nurses' accommodation. More »

  • Councils 'to control NHS budget'
    Councils 'to control NHS budget' Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Full control of £6 billion a year of health spending is to be handed to Greater Manchester as part of a significant extension of devolved powers, it was reported. More »

  • Copycat drug may save NHS millions
    Copycat drug may save NHS millions Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A copycat drug launched in the UK today could dramatically improve patient access to targeted medicines for inflammatory diseases, it is claimed. More »

  • UKIP Makes £3bn Extra NHS Funding Pledge
    UKIP Makes £3bn Extra NHS Funding Pledge Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    UKIP has pledged £3bn of additional funding for the NHS and a clampdown on "health tourism" as it outlined its commitments to the health service ahead of the general election. "Only once they have contributed through taxation for five years, will their requirement for health insurance expire. More »

  • Ukip vows £3bn more for 'free' NHS
    Ukip vows £3bn more for 'free' NHS Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Nigel Farage has insisted that the NHS will be completely free at the point of access for British citizens as he outlined Ukip's plan to invest an extra £3 billion a year in the health service. More »

  • Eating Disorders Costing UK Economy £8bn
    Eating Disorders Costing UK Economy £8bn Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Eating disorders are estimated to cost the UK economy £8bn, according to a new report. Around one in five sufferers wait more than a year for NHS treatment, with over a third waiting more than six months. Statistics show that timing is crucial when treating eating disorders, which include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Susan Ringwood, chief executive of Beat , said referrals within health services often take too long. More »

  • Farage outlines Ukip health policy
    Farage outlines Ukip health policy Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Nigel Farage will tomorrow set out Ukip's plans to invest an additional £3 billion in front-line NHS services in the party's first big policy launch of the general election campaign. More »

  • Dementia gets £300m and training
    Dementia gets £300m and training Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    More than £300 million is to be spent by the Government on research into dementia while all NHS staff will have to undergo training in the condition, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. More »

  • PM Pledges £300m In Fight To Defeat Dementia
    PM Pledges £300m In Fight To Defeat Dementia Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    More than £300m is to be spent over the next five years on research, medical trials and training to tackle dementia, the Prime Minister has announced. David Cameron plans to set up an international dementia institute in England in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research and medical trials. A separate multimillion-pound fund will be launched to help establish an international investment scheme to discover new drugs and treatments that could slow down the onset of dementia or even deliver a cure. Some 1.3 million NHS workers, from surgeons to hospital porters, will be given training in how to give those with dementia the best possible standards of care. More »

  • Britain's outsourcers target healthcare in new growth push
    Britain's outsourcers target healthcare in new growth push Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    (This January 19 story was corrected to fix name of company in reference to 800 million pound contract)) By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - Sitting on a plush sofa in a cheery room in a modern apartment block set in the leafy surroundings of a former British military academy, 72-year-old Gloria Lafferty is looking forward to a traditional British meal of fish and chips with her family. The scene is far removed from the care home horror stories that have played out in the British media over recent years, for Colebrook House is an assisted-living scheme that its operator holds up as an example of what the private sector can contribute to a national health service creaking under the strain of an ageing population and limited funds. "It's different here, lots of smashing carers," Lafferty said of the scheme that support services company Mears Group runs on behalf of local government and a housing association. The provision of care for those who can no longer look after themselves but do not need hospital treatment is one of the biggest problems facing Britain's state-funded National Health Service (NHS). More »

  • NHS foundation trusts deficit rises
    NHS foundation trusts deficit rises Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    NHS foundation trusts have reported a deficit of £321 million - five times more than planned, a health regulator has said. More »

  • NHS Misses A&E Target For 20th Week In A Row
    NHS Misses A&E Target For 20th Week In A Row Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Accident and emergency departments across England have failed to see 95% of their patients within four hours for 20 weeks running. In comparison, 92.9% of casualty patients were treated in line with NHS England's expectations in the seven days to 8 February. "Last week saw a sharp increase in A&E attendance and emergency admissions - up by nearly 15,000 on the week before. These are the highest levels since Christmas and are also up on the same week last year," said Dr Barbara Hakin of NHS England. More »

  • Expensive drugs 'harming the NHS'
    Expensive drugs 'harming the NHS' Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    More harm than good is being done to NHS patients overall by the approval of costly drugs, research has suggested. More »

  • 'Righteous anger' plea over NHS
    'Righteous anger' plea over NHS Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The public should feel "righteous anger" at the state of the health service, the chief executive of NHS England has said. More »

  • 'No more games' on NHS, urges BMA
    'No more games' on NHS, urges BMA Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    The crisis at the heart of the NHS will never be solved if politicians continue their game-playing tactics in the run-up to the general election, the chairman of the British Medical Association's board has warned. More »

  • TV's Carol reveals cancer battle
    TV's Carol reveals cancer battle Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Former Loose Women star Carol McGiffin has revealed her ordeal at being diagnosed with breast cancer and said NHS staff who treated her "deserve a medal". More »

  • NHS Patients 'Feel Ignored And Sidelined'
    NHS Patients 'Feel Ignored And Sidelined' Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    The NHS is failing some the country's most vulnerable patients by ignoring complaints and failing to show compassion, according to a new report. The Patients Association says many are left "uninformed" about their treatment, but are scared to complain because they fear recriminations. Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: "Today's themes report demonstrates that too often patients and their families are treated without compassion, are uninformed about treatment and next steps, feel ignored and sidelined when they raise concerns or complaints. "In our report, Why our NHS should listen and be human, we have identified that patients are still being shown a lack of care, compassion and dignity. More »

  • NHS 'showing lack of compassion'
    NHS 'showing lack of compassion' Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    The NHS is "failing" Britain's most vulnerable patients by ignoring complaints and showing a lack of compassion, a major new report has said. More »

  • Plea from cystic fibrosis sufferer
    Plea from cystic fibrosis sufferer Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    A cystic fibrosis sufferer says he feels like there is a "carrot dangling in front of me" due to being denied a life-changing drug on the NHS. More »

  • Labour slams 19,000 axed operations
    Labour slams 19,000 axed operations Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    More than 19,000 operations were cancelled by the NHS in the final three months of 2014, the largest number over the period since 2001. More »

  • A&E wait times still missing target
    A&E wait times still missing target Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Waiting times in accident and emergency departments at NHS hospitals in England improved slightly last week, but still failed to meet the target of 95% of patients seen within four hours. More »

  • Report: NHS Whistleblowers Considered Suicide
    Report: NHS Whistleblowers Considered Suicide Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    NHS staff who raised the the alarm over poor patient care were driven to the brink of suicide, a major review into the treatment of whistleblowers has found. The report's author, Sir Robert Francis QC, said he repeatedly heard horrific stories of workers' lives being destroyed because workers had tried to do the right thing for people in their care. More »

  • Whistleblower culture change urged
    Whistleblower culture change urged Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    New proposals to make NHS staff feel they can safely speak out following a damning report into the treatment of whistleblowers are being fast-tracked by the Government for legislation, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. More »

  • NHS Whistleblowers Set To Get Protection
    NHS Whistleblowers Set To Get Protection Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    NHS staff who blow the whistle about poor patient care are to be protected by sweeping reforms that will bring an end to the cover-up culture in hospitals. The measures will be announced in Parliament by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in response to a review that he commissioned into the treatment of staff who speak out. The review by Sir Robert Francis, who led the inquiry into the Mid-Staffs scandal, has been delayed by two months because he received more than 18,000 responses, many of them from doctors and nurses who were sacked for sounding the alarm. Sir Robert is expected to warn that poor care at failing hospitals went undetected for many years because staff concerns were suppressed. More »

  • Patients 'frightened to complain'
    Patients 'frightened to complain' Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Patients are left in fear of complaining about their treatment on the NHS in case it affects their continuing care, charity bosses have claimed. More »

  • Lung Cancer 'Breathalyser' To Go On Trial
    Lung Cancer 'Breathalyser' To Go On Trial Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A "breathalyser" that can diagnose lung cancer will be used in two NHS hospitals this summer as part of a £1m clinical trial. The device was originally invented by engineer Billy Boyle to detect explosives in airports and on the battlefield, but he refocused on medical applications after his wife Kate Gross, then 34, was diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2012 . Mrs Gross, who after leaving Oxford University had become a high-flying civil servant, advising prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, was given a 5% chance of survival. More »

  • Cancer breath test device on trial
    Cancer breath test device on trial Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    A breath test that could detect lung cancer is to undergo clinical trials in NHS hospitals. More »

  • Girl Among Four Dead As Truck Careers Down Hill
    Girl Among Four Dead As Truck Careers Down Hill Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The pedestrian is in a "very critical" condition according to Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters. It then continued downhill and struck a number of vehicles, killing three adults who were in the same car in Lansdown Lane, Upper Weston, just after 4pm on Monday. Four people were also injured and have been taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath and Southmead Hospital in Bristol. A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: "We can confirm that we have taken one patient by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. More »

  • New technology 'can save NHS £2bn'
    New technology 'can save NHS £2bn' Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The NHS can save £2 billion by 2020 by getting people more involved in their own healthcare by using new technology and the private sector, a study has claimed. More »

  • NHS To Probe Thousands Of Patient Deaths
    NHS To Probe Thousands Of Patient Deaths Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Jeremy Hunt said: "I'm determined to go even further in rooting out poor care. The announcement comes as a new analysis revealed that 11 hospital trusts put under 'special measures' 18 months ago because of their high death rates have dramatically improved their care. Extra staff, management changes and mentoring by more successful NHS organisations cut death rates at the 11 hospitals by more than 9% - three times more than the national average. Roger Taylor, who led the research, said: "We were not expecting to find such a strong result. More »

  • Patients 'Failed' By NHS Complaints System
    Patients 'Failed' By NHS Complaints System Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's investigation looked into 150 complaints regarding allegations that patients had died or suffered avoidable harm because of failings in their care. It found that 28 of the 150 cases should have been investigated by the NHS as a Serious Untoward Incident (SUI), which is triggered to allow doctors to learn from past mistakes. Patients groups said the findings are "worrying" and suggest the lessons from recent hospital scandals have not been learnt. Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor said: "Investigations weren't carried out when they should have been and when they were carried out they did not find out or explain why failings happened. More »

  • Care complainants 'failed' by NHS
    Care complainants 'failed' by NHS Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Patients who complain about their care are being let down by "appalling" NHS investigations, a highly critical review has found. More »

  • Cold snap adds to A&E pressures
    Cold snap adds to A&E pressures Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The number of patients waiting for more than four hours in English NHS casualty departments went up last week as snow and cold weather pushed up A&E attendances. More »