Over half of A&E units providing substandard care

The CQC has claimed that 44 per cent of emergency departments in England required improvement, with eight per cent rated inadequate.

‘Good’ ratings for Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has received ‘Good’ ratings from its recent Care Quality Commission inspection.

Staffing pressures creating mental health ‘perfect storm’

Increasing pressures on access and staffing risk creating ‘perfect storm’ for people using mental health and learning disability services.

£500m Heating and Renewables Framework launched

Fusion21 has announced the launch of its national Heating and Renewables Framework – worth up to £500 million over a four-year period.

Rural hospitals struggling to recruit senior medical staff

A new report seen exclusively by the Observer has revealed that hospitals in rural and coastal Britain are ‘worryingly under-doctored’.

Extra support for Midland Metropolitan hospital

The Chancellor has announced £350 million in funding to ensure the construction of the Midland Metropolitan hospital is finished.

NHS mental health outreach to benefit homeless

Towns with high rates of homelessness are set for investment in specialist mental health care, as part of NHS services for rough sleepers.

100 million plastic utensils to be cut from hospitals

The NHS will slash the use of plastic in hospital canteens as part of its drive to reduce waste and make hospitals healthier for patients and staff.

Severe obesity among children at record high

Official figures indicate that levels of severe obesity among children in the last year of primary school have hit an all-time high.

Worst summer on record' for A&E waits

NHS figures show that this summer was the worst for A&E waiting times in England since the four-hour target was introduced.

NHS taskforce to transform children’s mental health services

A new taskforce will improve current specialist children and young people’s inpatient mental health, autism and learning disability services.

Six in ten hospital trusts launch NHS rainbow badges

Six in ten hospital trusts in England are introducing NHS rainbow badges for their staff to support LGBT+ patients.

Mental health crisis plan access to go live

Paramedics will soon be able to access the mental health crisis plans of emergency patients while on the move.

Lack of data may put overweight children at surgical risk

A lack of data on overweight children presenting for surgery in the UK may be putting them at greater risk of complications.

Consultation launched ion smoking outside of hospitals

A consultation on the introduction of a legally enforceable no-smoking area around hospital buildings has launched by the Scottish government.

Half of same day emergency care units ‘impaired

Half of units set-up across the NHS to deliver same day emergency care have been ‘impaired’ due to pressures on hospitals for extra beds.

Doctor recommends banning snacking on public transport

Dame Sally Davies has said that snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity.

Hancock wrong on compulsory child vaccinations

A leading doctor has warned that Matt Hancock is wrong to think compulsory child vaccination will help tackle falling immunisation rates.

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