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Dec 2014

Wakefield was Closed For Business on Thursday 11th December when the WACCL came to town, raising £23,500 for Wakefield district Children and young people.

Launched in 2013, the Wakefield Annual Charity Christmas Lunch (WACCL) provided much needed funds to support the Theatre Royal Wakefield Performance Academy providing bursaries for those who would not ordinarily be able to attend.  The charities remit is to support dis-advantaged children from the Wakefield District.  In 2013 WACCL raised £13,500 for Theatre Royal Wakefield’s…

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12
Dec 2014

New complaints provoked by NHS ombudsman

Over 140 families have voiced concerns just weeks after a report raising the alarm about how the NHS ombudsman handles complaints made by patients. The Patients Association, the charity which put the report together, said it had received a high volume of calls from patients who said they felt badly let down by the service,…

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10
Dec 2014

Exodus of senior nurses from NHS leads to warning of skills gap

Over 1,000 matrons and 3,400 other senior nurses have been lost by the NHS in England in the last four years, thought to be brought about by a combination of cuts to staffing and an ageing workforce. These new figures have led to warnings that there may be a lack of “vital experience and knowledge”…

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08
Dec 2014

NHS hospitals missing cancer diagnoses and patients being sent home too early

According to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor, patients are being sent home too early from hospital, and in many cases before it is safe for them to leave, putting them at serious risk and adding a “massive cost” to the NHS for emergency readmissions. She added serious failings such as missed cancer…

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08
Dec 2014

£2.5bn spent on agency staff to meet increasing demand on NHS

In an attempt to improve patient safety, new figures have shown that £2.5bn was spent last year on part-time agency staff by NHS hospitals. The overspend has been driven by hospital bosses employing more nursing staff in an attempt to improve patient safety in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire care scandal, and also by…

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05
Dec 2014

Honesty being put at the heart of healthcare under new guidelines for doctors, nurses and midwives

A public consultation on draft joint guidance has been launched by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to encourage doctors, nurses and midwifes to be open and honest about mistakes. The guidance covers the need to learn from when something goes wrong and a patient is harmed in some way, as…

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