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Family left penniless after losing out on £30k NHS payout following mum’s death

Judith Thorpe was desperate to protect her two teenage daughters from worrying about family finances during the cost of living crisis so she quit the pension to pay for their new school shoes and jumpers. She died, aged just 49, of COVID-19 weeks later, and has left her girls without a mother – and penniless too.  The family, of Longbenton, […]

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NHS England to increase beds and call handlers as winter crisis looms

NHS England has announced plans to boost its capacity this winter as the service, already struggling with a significant patient backlog and record delays in A&E departments, prepares for demand to increase. Health chiefs on Friday committed to creating the equivalent of 7,000 more beds through a mixture of new hospital beds, efforts to improve […]

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NHS on brink with 12 hour A&E waits as Sunak and Truss are blasted for ignoring its ‘demis

Monthly NHS figures also show that only 71 percent of patients in England were seen by doctors within the four-hour target. Last month 29,316 patients faced 12-hour “trolley waits” in emergency departments. At the same time 136,200 patients waited for more than four hours to see a physician. This is a massive increase from the […]

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The NHS is being squeezed in a vice

Since Covid-19 took its first English life in March 2020, the country has recorded around 120,000 more deaths than would have been expected over the same months of three typical, non-pandemic years. This is a huge number but one that, for the first year of the pandemic, was relatively straightforward to explain. A novel and […]

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Science

NHS crisis: Criminals issue ‘demands’ after accessing data – staff without patient records

Rishi Sunak urged to bring in £30 NHS GP no-show fines Patients’ data may now be in the hands of cyber criminals after the NHS’ software system supporting the 111 helpline, as well as electronic records, were hacked last week. The attack, which forced the system to shut down, has now raised the alarm for […]

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Bulletin: NHS nurses in Merseyside could go on strike, Beatles auction

NHS nurses to vote on strike action, Beatles autographs to go under the hammer, UK’s Favourite Park vote open. Sign up to our LiverpoolWorld Today newsletter 🧑‍⚕️ The Royal College of Nursing will ballot members working for the NHS in England and Wales on strike action, which involves a complete withdrawal of labour. The nursing […]

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NHS to face ‘very serious challenges’ this winter amid cost of living emergency and flu

Health Secretary Steve Barclay has warned that a “real sprint” will be needed to avoid disaster starting to set in by September. Giving his first interview since taking up the position, Mr Barclay added that decisions such as hiring more staff could not wait until a new Prime Minister enters office early next month. Speaking […]

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Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss blasted for ‘gimmicks’ on NHS as it calls for ‘dose of realism’

The confederation, which represents hospital trusts, has written an open letter to the leadership contenders accusing them of failing to appreciate the “huge pressures” facing the healthcare system and the need for “meaningful long-term solutions”. The organisation said demand facing the NHS now is akin to that usually seen later in the year – resulting […]

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Free prescriptions: Who is exempt from paying NHS medication charges?

The medication expert noted the importance of people inquiring about their eligibility for free prescriptions before thinking of paying anything. He added: “Consumers in England should first check if they can qualify for any free prescriptions – this can include Medical Exemption Certificates ‘MEDEX’ for conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroid and cancer. “Prescribed contraceptives are […]

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First national NHS scans for prostate cancer within a decade

Experts say tens of thousands of lives would be saved with a simple NHS scan to detect the killer ­disease early in the same way as breast cancer. The urgency to find the first ­reliable diagnostic tool will see Prostate Cancer UK spend £20million in a bid to replace the Prostate Specific Antigen [PSA] test, […]