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23
Dec 2015

Baby death rates to be reviewed at 20 NHS trusts and health boards

A team of experts from MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk Through Audits and Confidential Enquiries) has called for a review by NHS health boards and trusts into their maternity care to see whether deaths amongst babies were due to mistakes. Out of 162 trusts and boards, 21 were red flagged and told that a…

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22
Dec 2015

Hospital death rates affected by staffing levels

A study, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, has suggested that fewer patients undergoing emergency surgery die in hospitals that have higher staffing levels. The research, which analysed data relating to nearly 295,000 patients, also found that patients were more likely to die after a weekend admission. They said this showed that staffing had…

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22
Dec 2015

NHS financial problems becoming ‘endemic’

According to public spending watchdog The National Audit Office, the NHS is facing an unprecedented funding black hole and this year, trusts in England are expected to accrue deficits in excess of £2.2 billion. The financial positions of NHS and foundation trusts have deteriorated substantially since 2014-15 when they stood at £843 million. The Government…

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22
Dec 2015

West Yorkshire hospital trust deemed ‘inadequate’ in terms of safety

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission has raised serious concerns over shortages of nursing staff at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and the trust has been rated ‘inadequate’ in terms of safety. The trust also received criticism over concerns about poor infection control and uncleanliness, and was given an overall rating of “requires improvement”. The…

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16
Dec 2015

Pioneering Leeds-based bar group North Bar Ltd and the successful team behind Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House have joined forces

Pioneering Leeds-based bar group North Bar Ltd and the successful team behind Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House have joined forces to open a 15bbl brewery with a 200 person capacity tap room in Leeds.   The new brewery opened on November 28th at Taverner’s Walk Industrial Estate on the fringe of Leeds City Centre…

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10
Dec 2015

Patient complaint handling by hospitals slammed by NHS watchdog

The NHS ombudsman has warned that three quarters of hospital investigations into patient complaints, in which avoidable injury or death has taken place, do not identify serious failings in care and families are being left in the dark. Many complainants are being met with “a wall of silence from the NHS”, partly due to often…

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