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Jan 2016

It is important to choose your executors wisely

It is an executor’s responsibility to deal with the administration of your estate after your death and it is usually recommended you appoint at least two executors in case one of them is unable to act due to their age, health or geographical location. Anybody aged 18 or above can be an executor of your…

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19
Jan 2016

Many waiting time targets still being missed by NHS in England

Official figures released by NHS England have shown that for the month of November, many waiting time targets were missed by hospitals in England. Key targets missed included cancer services, ambulances and the 111 telephone service, with A&E departments only seeing 91.3% of patients within the four hour waiting time target, which is the worst…

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12
Jan 2016

Many GP surgeries in England at ‘breaking point’

An investigation by the BBC has discovered that many English GP surgeries have stopped or applied to stop taking on new patients. According to the British Medical Association, many have reached “breaking point” as they are having difficulty filling staff vacancies. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that in the year 2014-15, more than…

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12
Jan 2016

Midwife drugged 15 expectant mothers to ‘serve her own interests’

A midwife has been found guilty of deliberately drugging 15 patients, apparently in order to make her work easier, which left 13 of the patients needing to undergo caesarean sections to save the lives of their babies. The patients were administered with Syntocinon, a labour-inducing drug, which resulted in the heartbeats of some of the…

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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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