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Accident and emergency attendances have been at their highest between April to June every year since 2008-09, according to a report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
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An independent inquiry will be carried out into the safety of blood donations following fears of infection from vCJD, the human form of “mad cow disease”, it has been reported.
HSJ analysis of the 53 trusts due to receive a share of the Department of Health’s £250m winter pressure fund shows many are prioritising improvements to the care of the frail elderly.
Up to 100,000 NHS patients with cancer and rare diseases are to have their genetic codes mapped by 2017 under new plans announced by health minister Lord Howe.
Mopping up MRSA toxin with a sponge may be a new way to defeat the antibiotic-resistant superbug, research has shown.
At least one medical director has already “fallen on their sword” following a visit from one of the Care Quality Commission’s new inspection teams, the chief inspector of hospitals has said.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision to caution former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust chief nurse Jan Harry is being challenged in the High Court on the grounds it is “unduly lenient”.
A deliberate slowdown in the treatment of people with less serious ailments and the discovery of groups of patients who were not previously recorded in national statistics could be behind growing waiting lists, experts have said.
Almost half of lung cancer patients have experienced delays at some stage of their care, according to a new report.
Basildon and Thurrock Hospital Foundation Trust is making “solid progress” against the recommendations set out by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, according to commissioners.
Some acute hospitals provide a third less nursing care per occupied bed day than their peers, HSJ analysis suggests.
England’s hospital sector will have largely completed a reconfiguration of surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysms by April, HSJ analysis shows.
The government’s additional £250m funding for accident and emergency this winter will be spent on more than 2,000 extra beds and extra staff, Jeremy Hunt has said.
Four out of 10 doctors do not think inquiries into NHS failings - such as at Mid Staffs - will have a positive impact on the way their hospital works, according to a survey.
The largest single patient safety improvement programme in the world will be created by NHS England in response to the Francis report, the director overseeing it has explained.
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