Better care in our dying days

Better care in our dying days

The government has this month launched a long awaited enquiry into end of life care in the United Kingdom.

 

Our final days should be spent in comfort and with dignity. Sadly however, this is not always the patient experience.

 

The government’s rethinking of the approach to palliative and end of life care comes after the use of the controversial Liverpool Care…

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Colchester Hospital Care Crisis

Colchester Hospital Care Crisis

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has this week raised concerns over the state of care at Colchester Hospital. A surprise inspection was carried out at the hospital and it revealed that the hospital was struggling to cope with the demands being placed on their health services.

 

There were reports of patients being inappropriately restrained and sedated without their consent and do not resuscitate orders being ignored. Also 18…

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Dissolution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust signifies the end of an era

Dissolution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust signifies the end of an era

An Order made in October 2014 by The National Health Service to dissolve the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust came into force on 1st November 2014.

 

As of 1st November 2014, Stafford Hospital and City General in Stoke are now run by the University Hospitals of North Midlands. Stafford Hospital has been renamed County Hospital. City General has been renamed Royal Stoke University Hospital and Cannock Hospital, which…

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Care plan to improve the NHS

Care plan to improve the NHS

It has been noted across the UK that our hospitals are yet again failing to keep up with the demand on its services. Hospitals across the board still have A&E waiting times of 4 hours or more, despite the fact that the NHS are supposed to working on reducing this time. There are also reports that patients are waiting up to 18 weeks for routine operations such…

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126 devastating NHS failures published by Health Service Ombudsman

126 devastating NHS failures published by Health Service Ombudsman

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has published 126 case summaries of investigations it carried out between April and June this year into complaints about healthcare services.

 

The Ombudsman Service investigates complaints about the NHS in England, UK government departments and their agencies.

 

Speaking on BBC 5 Live Breakfast, Dame Julie Mellor, Head of the Ombudsman Service explained, “These cases illustrate the devastating impact that failures in public services…

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