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Safe staffing laws needed in England and all settings, warn nurses

Safe staffing laws should be introduced across the whole of the UK and in all health and care settings, nurses have urged as they committed to lobby government more on the issue.

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Drug pricing scheme ‘must be more transparent’, says commissioning chief

The deal struck between the government and the pharmaceutical industry to limit the amount the NHS spends on branded drugs must become ‘more transparent’, the director of NHS Clinical Commissioners has said.

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English trust to take hard line on payments for Scottish, Welsh and Irish patients

One of England’s largest specialist providers is to take a stricter approach to accepting patients from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, after struggling to secure payments from commissioners.

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HSJ Awards 2014 winners revealed

The winners of the 2014 HSJ Awards have been revealed at a ceremony in central London

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Scottish health chief backs yes vote

The chair of NHS Orkney has said he will back independence to protect the health service.

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Patient safety scheme piloted

A “ground-breaking” scheme which aims to improve patient safety by ensuring better communication between GPs and pharmacists is to be piloted by health boards in Scotland.

UK performance gap closing, study reveals

The performance divide between the NHS in England and the rest of the UK has narrowed in recent years despite diverse policies in each country, a wide-ranging report found.

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Scottish NHS coping better this winter: Neil

The NHS in Scotland is coping “much better” with winter pressures than it did last year, Scottish health secretary Alex Neil said.

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Boards told to curb use of independent providers

Scottish health boards have been told to clamp down on their use of the private sector for treating NHS patients.

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Eight hundred data breaches in Scotland over five years

There have been more than 800 incidents of data loss by health boards in the last five years, figures have revealed.

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Organ donation rates vary across UK

There are “striking” geographical variations in the numbers of people who donate kidneys after they die, a study has found.

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Legal move over hospital asbestos

A Scottish health board is facing legal action due to asbestos being found at a hospital.

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Hospital boarding should end says study

Forcing hospital patients into other wards because of overcrowding should be eliminated in the NHS to improve standards of care, according to a report by senior medical professionals.

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Health board IT failure looked at

Computer problems which seriously disrupted hospitals in a major health board area for two days at the beginning of October are now being investigated.

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Scottish health secretary says English NHS 'being handed to profiteers'

The NHS in England is being handed to “profiteers” while its patients are struggling to pay for prescription charges which are “a tax on ill health”, according to Scottish health secretary Alex Neil.

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No NHS pay rise freeze, Neil says

The Scottish government has said it will not freeze pay rises for NHS staff following moves to halt increases south of the border.

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Scotland to review NHS IT after Glasgow system failure

A review has been ordered of Scottish NHS IT systems after a failure forced a major health board to cancel hundreds of appointments.

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Scottish health boards 'must do better'

Every Scottish health board reviewed so far on how they deal with serious incidents have been told they must improve.

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Scottish Tories call for action on dementia

The Scottish government needs to be prepared for an “intensifying” dementia crisis, Tories have said.

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Scottish NHS incidents go public

Reports of serious incidents that occurred in Scottish hospitals have been made public for the first time.