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14
Sep 2021

Section: Medical Negligence

Long waits continue for ambulances in England

Latest figures from NHS England show that patients needing ambulances for life-threatening calls are often waiting longer than they should.   The figures revealed that the average response time in August was around eight and a half minutes – the target for urgent calls is seven minutes.   Data also reveals the number of patients…

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14
Sep 2021

Section: Medical Negligence

Charity says cancer nurse numbers in Northern Ireland short of care target

A charity has warned that the number of clinical nurse specialists in Northern Ireland needs to almost double if it is to meet a proposal to pair cancer patients with their own nurse.   Macmillan Cancer Support said the workforce is in crisis across the UK due to Covid-19.   A spokesperson from the Department…

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14
Sep 2021

Section: Medical Negligence

Health board issues apology over failure to monitor prostate cancer patients

The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has found that failures by a health board led to eight cancer patients not being properly monitored or included in treatment targets after being referred to England.   Of the 16 patients on Betsi Cadwaladr health board’s prostatectomy waiting list in August 2019, eight were referred to England for…

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14
Sep 2021

Section: Medical Negligence

Compulsory jabs for health staff being considered in consultation

Mandatory Covid and flu jabs for frontline NHS and care workers in England are being considered in a government consultation, and plans are already in place to make it mandatory for care home workers in England to be fully vaccinated.   However, some care organisations and unions are warning that making the jabs compulsory will…

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14
Sep 2021

Section: Medical Negligence

Study finds transport noise linked to increased dementia risk

According to the largest study of its kind, exposure to noise from railways and road traffic is associated an increased risk of dementia.   Although research has consistently linked transport noise to health conditions including diabetes, obesity and heart disease, studies on transport noise and dementia have been scarce and small, and findings inconsistent.  …

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14
Sep 2021

Section: Medical Negligence

Kidney cancer drug shown to speed up heart attack recover and prevent second attack

Experts are saying a cancer drug could help speed up recovery in heart attack patients and cut the risk of a second attack.   Researchers at Cambridge University have found that an injection of aldesleukin increases levels of a rare white blood cell that protects the heart, and experts are now trialling the drug, which…

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