£500m NHS bail-out for A&E will make ‘little difference’

£500m NHS bail-out for A&E will make ‘little difference’

A £500million bail-out for NHS emergency services departments will make “little difference” unless it is targeted at wards, leading doctors have warned.

 

David Cameron has announced that a £500million rescue package, spread over two years, is to be given to dozens of hospitals. However, the money is also being spent on helping social services departments run a seven day operation…

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Berwick report recommends NHS staff face jail in cases of neglect

Berwick report recommends NHS staff face jail in cases of neglect

A review of patient safety in the NHS by acclaimed US expert and former adviser to President Obama, Professor Don Berwick, has recommended the criminalising of abuse and neglect in the NHS, suggesting that staff found guilty of wrongdoing could face up to five years in prison.

 

Berwick, director and co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, stopped short of recommending a minimum safe staffing level…

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Medical Negligence Monday round-up

Medical Negligence Monday round-up

Inquest to investigate care home deaths
 

An inquest is being launched into 19 deaths at a care home which had temporarily been closed following allegations of poor care and neglect.

 

Jean Halfpenny was one of 19 pensioners who died while staying at the Orchid View home in West Sussex. She had allegedly been administered “dangerous” levels of the drug Warfarin in the days leading up to her death in…

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NHS 111 helpline ‘in turmoil’

1 NHS 111 helpline ‘in turmoil’

The head of the Royal College of Nursing has said parts of the NHS 111 helpline have descended into chaos and that urgent action is needed to prevent tragedy, after NHS Direct announced that it intends to pull out of contracts covering more than one third of the country.

 

NHS Direct has said it is seeking to terminate nine contracts – having already pulled out of plans for…

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Named and shamed: First wave of results from the NHS ‘Friends and Family’ test

Named and shamed: First wave of results from the NHS ‘Friends and Family’ test

Thirty-six NHS wards across England failed the Government’s flagship ‘friends and family test’ last month, according to figures released for the first time. The scores, collected from 4,500 NHS wards and 144 A&E services, represent the first wave of results from the new test, which asks patients whether or not they would recommend their hospital to loved ones.

 

David Cameron launched the test last year and it is…

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