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Increase in paramedics quitting NHS jobs

Increasing numbers of paramedics are leaving NHS ambulance services, according to new research. Senior staff say remaining paramedic crews are under greater pressure than ever before to meet demand. At least 1,015 paramedics left their job in 2013-14, compared with 593 in the same period two years earlier. London Ambulance Service saw 223 paramedics leave […]

St John Ambulance abandoning volunteers over restructuring

St John Ambulance, the charity, has been accused of abandoning its volunteers as it attempts a widespread restructuring project.The first aid organisation has announced plans to streamline its management amid financial woes. It is set to embark on a major restructuring exercise to rebalance its books, which includes setting up eight regional boards and merging […]

Children drink related hospital admissions up by third

The number of under-18s admitted to hospital because of drinking has increased by a third, according to a new report.The figure went up by 32 per cent between 2002 and 2007, with 36 children a day being admitted for alcohol related conditions, the study by the charity Alcohol Concern found. Over the last five years, […]

Quarter of NHS trusts failing hygiene tests

A quarter of health trusts failed to meet standards over hospital infections while five were warned over blood-spattered walls and mouldy instruments under a toughened regulatory regime. Of particular concern was the state of ambulances, which were inspected for the first time. Investigators found dirty forceps stored in some vehicles as well as bloodstains. The […]

Ambulance ‘waiting rooms’ cost NHS £11m

The NHS has wasted more than £11m using ambulances as “waiting rooms” to get around Labour’s target that patients should be treated within four hours of entering casualty. New figures reveal the time spent by crews waiting outside hospitals for their patients to be admitted last year was the equivalent to funding 31 fully staffed […]