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Care home companies face harder financial checks

Large providers of care homes in England are to have their financial records regularly checked in future to spot potential business problems.Under the government’s plans, the Care Quality Commission and local authorities will also ensure care continues if a company does go bust. It comes after provider Southern Cross collapsed, causing distress and anxiety to […]

Quarter of hospitals, clinics, care homes fail to meet basic standards of patient safety, quality of care

A quarter of hospitals, clinics and care homes in England are failing to meet basic standards for patient safety and quality of care, according to the most comprehensive study of its kind.The Care Quality Commission’s state of the nation report based on 14,000 unannounced inspections of dentists and NHS, private, and social care run facilities […]

More than half care home residents denied basic care

More than half of elderly and disabled people in care homes are being denied basic health services while staff are failing to to do enough to preserve their dignity, according to an official review.Some older people routinely have to wait up to three months for formal checks for painful conditions such as bed sores, according […]

Breast screening- are women over examined?

Are women being over examined by an over cautious health nanny state?In an uncertain world, we want to believe in the certainty of medicine: that it is omniscient and operates in absolutes. In reality, this is far from the truth. The world of medicine reflects the world we live in; constantly in flux with multifarious […]

Health regulator raises elderly care concerns as three hospitals fail reviews

Serious concerns have been raised by the NHS care regulator about the way some hospitals in England look after elderly patients. The Care Quality Commission said three had failed to meet legal standards for giving patients enough food and drink and treating them in a dignified way. The CQC, which carried out unannounced inspections, also […]

NHS hospitals where high death rates are failing the National Health Service patients

Nineteen hospital trusts were exposed as having alarmingly high death rates in a major report that also reveals how hundreds of people are dying needlessly because of substandard NHS care. The Dr Foster hospital guide, which the Observer published exclusively yesterday, disclosed that tens of thousands of patients were harmed in hospital last year when […]

Almost 100 victims of Staffordshire scandal receive £1 million payouts after unprecedented group claim

Nearly 100 bereaved relatives and victims of the Stafford NHS scandal are to be paid a total of more than £1 million following Britain’s largest ever group claim against a single hospital. In total, 97 families of patients who died and victims who survived “appalling” standards of patient care will receive compensation payments, of up […]

Nearly 1,000 care homes without Registered Manager finds health quango

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) health quango warned that nearly 1,000 residential care homes do not have a registered manager in place, despite this being a requirement of the new Health and Social Care Act 2008. Although it does not present a direct risk to the safety of residents, care homes without a registered manager […]

NHS fails to curb lethal painkiller errors

Health workers made more than 1,300 mistakes involving the use of strong painkilling drugs in less than a year, resulting in at least three deaths and severe harm to two other patients. Nearly one in five dosage errors involving morphine, diamorphine and similar opiate drugs resulted in some harm to NHS patients. Figures released under […]

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 […]