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Agency nurses ‘can cost Northern Trust £100K a year’

Agency nurses ‘can cost Northern Trust £100K a year’

Image caption The Northern Health Trust said it “simply cannot afford” to continue paying the higher rates Hiring an agency nurse when no NHS staff nurses are available can cost up to £100,000 a year, the head of a Northern Ireland health trust has said. That is almost four times the annual salary of a […]

England to consider optout organ donation

England to consider optout organ donation

Image caption At present, anyone who wants to donate organs after death must “opt in” to the system A consultation on introducing an optout system for organ donation is to be held in England, ministers say. Currently anyone who wants to donate their organs after death has to “opt in” through the donor card scheme. […]

Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test ‘universal’ jab

Flu vaccine: NHS patients wanted to test ‘universal’ jab

Image copyright Getty Images Researchers are seeking about 500 NHS patients to try out a new “universal” vaccine against seasonal flu. The experimental vaccine works differently from the one currently available, which has to be remade each year based on a “best guess” of what type of flu is likely to be about. The new […]

Calls for Amazon to ban ‘anorexia hoodie’

Calls for Amazon to ban ‘anorexia hoodie’

Image caption Beth Grant, who has lived with anorexia for 13 years, said selling the product was “absolutely disgraceful” Amazon has been described as “irresponsible” for selling a hoodie that describes anorexia as “like bulimia, except with self control”. One woman living with anorexia said it could “damage” the mental health of those with the […]

NHS ‘not fit for 21st Century’, says chief hospital inspector

NHS ‘not fit for 21st Century’, says chief hospital inspector

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is not fit for the 21st Century, the new chief inspector of hospitals in England has said. Professor Ted Baker, who started the role last month, said the system had not adapted to deal with the growth in the population. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said: […]

NHS ‘not fit for 21st Century’, says chief hospital inspector

NHS ‘not fit for 21st Century’, says chief hospital inspector

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is not fit for the 21st Century, the new chief inspector of hospitals in England has said. Professor Ted Baker, who started the role last month, said the system had not adapted to deal with the growth in the population. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said: […]

Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem

Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem

Image copyright Other At any one time, a sixth of the population in England aged 16 to 64 have a mental health problem, according to statistics body NHS Digital. Whether it is family or friends, neighbours or work colleagues, the chances are we all know someone who is affected. And bearing in mind the figure […]

Schools allowed to keep spare allergy pens under new law

Schools allowed to keep spare allergy pens under new law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allergy pens contain adrenaline for treating life-threatening allergic reactions All schools in the UK will be allowed to buy spare adrenaline auto-injectors for use on children with serious allergies in emergencies, following a change in the law. At present, children need a prescription to have one in school. The […]

‘Mentally impaired’ missing out on council tax discount

‘Mentally impaired’ missing out on council tax discount

Image caption Vivien eventually qualified for a full council tax back payment of £6,000 Tens of thousands of vulnerable people could be missing out on a council tax discount that could save them thousands of pounds, research suggests. Those diagnosed as “severely mentally impaired” don’t have to pay the tax and two-person households, where one […]

NHS agrees to fund ‘life-changing’ drug for seven-year-old

NHS agrees to fund ‘life-changing’ drug for seven-year-old

Image caption If the seven-year-old boy ate “normally”, protein would accumulate in his blood in dangerous concentrations NHS England has agreed to fund a drug costing about £100 a day for a seven-year-old boy whose condition could cause brain damage, after being told by a judge to reconsider his case. The child, “S”, has a […]