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19 hours ago
Dr Valerie Murphy was responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk’s care when the 18-year-old drowned in a bath at NHS care unit in 2013A senior psychiatrist has been suspended for 12 months following the death of a vulnerable teenager who suffered an epileptic fit and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit[...]
Health and CareGerontologyMental HealthGovernment Policy
21 hours ago
Shortage of almost 100,000 staff is affecting performance, says NHS ImprovementOne in 11 posts in NHS England are currently unfilled, equivalent to almost 100,000 vacancies, official figures show. The number of vacancies was published for the first time in NHS Improvement’s quarterly performance r[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
23 hours ago
Health secretary admits official failings over a number of medical treatment issuesJeremy Hunt, the health and social care secretary, has launched a nine-month review into how the NHS addresses concerns about medical treatments, including vaginal mesh devices.Speaking in the Commons, he admitted the[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Report showing NHS facing £900m deficit delayed after health department intervenedThe NHS’s financial regulator has delayed publishing new information about the health service’s serious shortages of both money and staff after lobbying by the government, the Guardian can reveal.The figures show [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Academics call for investigation into effects of NHS underfunding and austerity politicsThe Department of Health and Social Care has been accused of ignoring repeated warnings about stagnating life expectancy, from academics who are demanding an urgent inquiry into whether austerity policies could b[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
The need for a cure for dementia is pressing, but practical solutions to benefit those with the condition are also vitalSocial care faces an annual funding gap of £2.3bn by 2021 – by which time nearly a million people in the UK will be living with dementia. With no way to slow or stop the disease[...]
PolicyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
The latest NHS reorganisation has reawakened fears of privatisation. Only a Labour government can bury them once and for allAfter Brexit, David Cameron’s second worst legacy is his assault on the NHS. His explosive 2012 Health and Social Care Act was designed to privatise it into sm[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 days ago
Seriously ill patients having to wait for hours for paramedics to arrive, says NHS boss

Patients who have a stroke or heart attack are at risk of harm because so many ambulances are stuck at A&E units that they cannot respond quickly enough to 999 calls, an NHS boss has said.The admission[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
5 days ago
Health economist who had a major impact on policy and practiceAlan Maynard, emeritus professor of health economics at the University of York, who has died aged 73, was crucial in the development of his discipline into an international profession. He also had a real impact on policy, not just in the [...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
5 days ago
Sarah Wollaston tells health secretary medical businesses and services ‘remain in dark’A delay in agreeing a Brexit transition deal could harm NHS patients, a senior MP has warned.
In a letter to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the chair of the Commons health committee, Sarah Wollaston, sa[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
6 days ago
Panelists at a recent Guardian event outlined the technological problems facing the NHS – and pointed the way forward
“It’s archaic, slow, fragile and not streamlined.” So says junior doctor Nadia Masood of the chaotic and fragmented state of NHS information technology.She described the [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Hospitals struggling to keep to 15-minute wait limit for emergency department patientsAlmost 150,000 patients in England have waited more than 30 minutes before being admitted to A&E this winter, according to NHS figures.Data from the end of November to 11 February showed the number of people wa[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Labour warns of impact on staff and standards of ‘back-door privatisation’Nineteen trusts have transferred non-clinical NHS staff into subsidiary companies, via a process previously described as akin to “back door privatisation”, and another 16 have plans to do so, an investigation has found[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
f course, for the Republicans that dilemma is a major side benefit: cut taxes, increase defense spending, then dismantle social services, Social Security and Medicare in order to service the deficit. And many of the Democrats are ahead of the curve when ...
General Social WorkHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Step into Health works with 50 trusts to match the skills of former military personnel to careers in the health serviceRichard Lloyd had dedicated 28 years to the armed forces when he moved with his family to Cumbria to run a guesthouse. But after four years he found something was missing. “I miss[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
hat’s politics, but it doesn’t add up for future generations and near retirees. The combination of massive debt and fewer social services for an aging population is a sure recipe for disaster.
General Social WorkHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Age UK says many people do not have individual care package to which they are entitledMore than one in three people in England diagnosed with dementia are not getting the follow-up care they are entitled to, a charity has said.The NHS specifies that everyone diagnosed with the condition should have [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Becca had to relocate to get treatment after being told she would be put on a waiting list Eating disorders: NHS reports surge in hospital admissionsEven though an eating disorder has disrupted many aspects of Becca’s life, she never expected to have to relocate because of it. But after a spell in[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Exclusive: Experts say NHS services are failing those in need of help as admissions nearly double in six years‘People shouldn’t have to move away’: getting care for an eating disorderThe number of admissions to hospital of patients with potentially life-threatening eating disorders has almost [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Stay Well Pharmacy campaign aims to relieve pressure on GPs and A&E for minor complaintsA health campaign is urging parents to treat their pharmacist as their first port of call for their children’s minor illnesses instead of visiting their GP or A&E.NHS England said there were 18m GP appo[...]
HealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Observer poll finds 65% support an extra penny in the pound ring-fenced for healthcareAlmost two thirds of voters back putting an extra 1p on income tax to solve the funding crisis engulfing the NHS and social care, a new poll for the Observer has found.The Opinium survey found that 65% would be hap[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
If staff do not feel able to speak out about their concerns, something is rotten at an organisation’s coreThe two most shocking revelations to emerge from the investigation into Liverpool community health NHS trust are that every part of the system failed, and it happened even as the trust was con[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Patients suffered ‘significant harm’ and staff who raised concerns were bullied, inquiry concludesPatients suffered “significant harm” because of multiple serious failings by a “dysfunctional” NHS trust, an independent inquiry has found.Liverpool Community Health NHS trust (LCH) provided[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Doctors speak out as figures show NHS England has recorded its worst ever performancePatients are suffering as a direct result of the NHS’s inability to meet key waiting-time targets, doctors have warned.Doctors’ leaders spoke out after figures showed that the NHS in England recorded its worst e[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Family say they delayed taking in Melissa Whiteley, 18, following advice not to attend A&E unless it was an emergencyA young engineering student reportedly died of flu after her family followed NHS warnings over Christmas not to attend A&E unless it was an emergency.Melissa Whiteley, 18, was[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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33 weeks ago
By Alison Laurio, News contributor A year ago Heidi L. Allen’s sister died. “She lived in Idaho, which did not expand Medicaid under the ACA” (Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare), said Allen, an associate professor of social work at Columbia University in New York whose focus is low-in[...]