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  • Pregnant woman who dropped water bottle on her bump lost her baby and endured 20-hour labour because student nurse failed to refer her to obstetrician

    November 29, 2013 5:35 PM 83

    A pregnant woman won a six-figure pay-out after she accidentally dropped a bottle of water on her baby bump and lost her child - but was told by midwives that she was fine. Joanna Budzikowska, 28, visited midwives after the accident when she was 35 weeks pregnant, only to be told that everything was fine. But the High Court today ruled that she should

  • NHS staff assault figures show rise

    November 29, 2013 5:34 PM 28

    The number of physical assaults against NHS staff has risen 6% in the last year, according to new figures. Data from NHS Protect shows there were 63,199 reported assaults in 2012/13 across England, up from 59,744 in 2011/12. The number of criminal sanctions against people as a result of assaulting staff has risen by 201, from 1,257 to 1,458 - a 16% increase

  • Care Connect site to be made a national source of patient feedback

    November 29, 2013 5:05 PM 41

    [England, UK] - NHS England is to go ahead with ‘TripAdvisor′ style hospital ratings to aid the public - extending to national levels its current ‘Care Connect′ pilot. The three month pilot, which has involved 20 Trusts, has collected complaints and such ‘reviews′ in London and the north-east, but will be rolled out nationally in 2014. The news came via an interview

  • Urine Tests May Help Identify Aggressive Bladder Cancer

    November 29, 2013 11:59 AM 25

    Urine tests may recognize aggressive and less aggressive bladder cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers said that urine tests could help doctors identify patients with the most advanced and aggressive forms of bladder cancer so they could speed up their treatment. The latest study measured the levels of a protein shed by the bladder tumor in 600 patients

  • More hospitals facing Savile checks

    November 29, 2013 11:30 AM 25

    A further 19 hospitals are to be investigated over links to serial sex attacker Jimmy Savile, the government has confirmed. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected reports examining visits by the late DJ to those hospitals to be delivered by next June. The former BBC presenter of Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It died aged 84 in October 2011 - a year before

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    November 29, 2013 12:06 AM 54

    RECORD numbers of carers are missing £100m in vital financial support in Yorkshire, campaigners warn today. More than 32,000 people in the region are failing to claim the Carer’s Allowance because they lack of information and help which, combined with further changes to benefits and rapid rises in the cost of living, is increasing their risk of long-term

  • Medway NHS trust faces new action

    November 28, 2013 6:32 PM 52

    An NHS trust that has already been placed in special measures has been told it must take urgent action or face leadership changes. Medway NHS Foundation Trust was put in special measures after the Keogh review this year found it had major failings. Health regulator Monitor has now found problems are broader than first thought and has imposed new conditions

  • Lottery cash to help Alzheimer's sufferers in north Wales

    November 28, 2013 12:06 PM 36

    New courses to help people with dementia in north Wales are being launched, thanks to a £720,000 Big Lottery Fund grant. The Life Not Just a Service scheme will run across the six north Wales counties and will teach subjects ranging from art and drama to quilt making. Six-week courses will be available to people with Alzheimer's and their carers

  • Killed by bingeing on Benzo bomb: Drug support worker died a month after ban began

    November 28, 2013 8:01 AM 40

    A trainee psychologist died from a cocktail of drink, cocaine and psychedelic legal highs as she celebrated landing her first job – helping patients who abuse drugs. Support worker Jennifer Whiteley, 27, began sweating profusely and became ill after she and boyfriend Andrew Tunnah took ‘bombs’ of Benzo Fury at her family home while her parents were on holiday

  • Number of patients accessing their healthcare online set to soar in the next 10 years, expert predicts 

    November 28, 2013 7:00 AM 32

    The number of patients who access healthcare online will grow 'exponentially' in coming years in line with increases in internet shopping and banking, a leading medic has said. There will be a rapid rise in the number of patients who have online consultations with family doctors, the former chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners has predicted