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NHS struggles to recruit thousands of healthcare professionals

More than two thirds of NHS trusts and health boards are struggling to recruit qualified healthcare professionals. Data from a BBC Freedom of Information request shows that on 1 December 2015, the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had more than 23,443 nursing vacancies – equivalent to 9% of the workforce. In comparison, the […]

David Bowie thanked by end of life care doctor

A doctor specialising in end of life care has  thanked David Bowie helping people to talk about death. Dr Mark Taubert, palliative care consultant at Velindre NHS Trust in Cardiff, said it prompted a “weighty” discussion with a dying woman. His letter, published on the blogs website page of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), has […]

Overseas nurses denied NHS jobs

Thousands of nurses were denied permission to work in England last year- despite hospitals facing staff shortages. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has found that the refusals have hit high profile hospitals in Cambridge, Newcastle and Manchester. A Freedom of Information request to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) found more than 2,341 refusals. The […]

Target of four week cancer diagnosis plan

More details of plans to improve cancer care in England have been revealed. They include a target that 95% of people should be given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by a GP, by 2020. Implementing it will cost £300 million a year until then. The target – recommended by […]

Assisted Dying Bill- MPs reject right to die law

MPs have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. In a free vote in the Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. In a […]

National Living Wage will damage care homes

The National Living Wage could result in a “catastrophic collapse” in the number of care homes, according to the five biggest providers. In a letter to the chancellor, they say staffing accounts for 60% of the cost of care. The companies said they supported the National Living Wage, but efforts would be needed to rescue […]

Stepping Hill nurse guilty of murder

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua has been found guilty of murdering patients. A nurse has been convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at a Greater Manchester hospital. Victorino Chua killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules. These […]

New government should boost nurse numbers

Immediate action must be taken by the next government to increase the number of NHS nurses, a report has warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said there were fewer nurses now than in 2010 if midwives, health visitors and school nurses were not included. It said government cuts to nurse training places in 2010 […]

First UK hospital to go paperless

Addenbrooke’s Hospital is the first paperless healthcare system in the UK to go live. A £200 million electronic patient record system that will eventually make two hospitals paperless has gone live. The system at Addenbrooke’s and Rosie hospitals in Cambridge means nurses can access patient records on handheld devices instead of waiting for notes. Chief […]

People dying at home lack expert support

The NHS is failing to provide expert 24 hour support for the majority of patients dying at home in England. Around 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do not provide round the clock telephone help lines, the charity Sue Ryder said- even though there are half a million carers for terminal patients in England. […]