Hostile environment policy leaving doctors without visas, say NHS officials

Earlier this year the Guardian reported that senior doctors from overseas appointed to fill key roles in UK hospitals were being blocked from taking up their jobs because their NHS salaries were too low under immigration rules. Doctors also claim they face deportation if they make errors on immigration forms.

Indebted NHS hospital trust should be dissolved and replaced, says report

“Neither through the extensive consultation responses nor via all the work that has been done have any viable alternative solutions or proposals been put forward to solve the challenges faced by SLHT. I have said repeatedly that the status quo is not an option and I believe these final, refined recommendations are the right ones, […]

NHS faces acute and growing staffing shortage, warns agency

“Shortages of this magnitude mean care for patients is suffering and staff are being stretched far too thinly. Unless something major happens quickly, more and more employees will quit, making a bad situation much worse,” said Sara Gorton, head of health at the union Unison.

NHS bosses remove £1.2million worth of Dyson fans from hospital wards over infection fears

NHS England said the guidance was issued in January and local teams must decide “how best to keep patients safe”.

Thousands of patients potentially harmed by undelivered NHS mail

The incident has prompted concern among GPs and patient representatives. “Patients who have attended these two hospitals will now be very worried about whether their care might have been compromised by this IT bungle”, said Rachel Power, the chief executive of the Patients Association.

PM urged to give NHS 100 new hospitals plus an extra £7bn a year

The cost of tackling the NHS’s backlog of maintenance has risen to £6.5bn in England, with half of those repairs deemed urgent on safety grounds, according to official estimates. NHS Providers’ report notes that ministers switched £4.46bn from the capital budget into the service’s revenue budget, which pays for its day-to-day running costs, during 2014-15 […]

NHS trust apologises for lack of clear signs after a suspected coronavirus patient walked into the CANCER unit and A&E before finding the ‘dirty’ makeshift isolation pod

Almost 1,900 people with the virus are now confirmed to have died and more than 73,000 have been infected. But experts predict the true number of people with the disease could be as high as 350,000 in Wuhan alone, as they warn it may kill as many as two in 100 cases.  Here’s what we […]

Transgender patients are ‘forced’ to buy hormones online to help them transition because NHS waiting lists are up to three years long

He said: ‘Gender identity clinics are a very specialised resource, and while people are waiting to be assessed they still have access to a full range of community mental health and well-being services appropriate to their situation and needs.’

Keller @ Large: James Pindell On What To Expect After The NH Primary

“It’s a stunning reversal of where he’s at, but clearly a win is a win for him,” he said. “If he had lost, this would be an entirely different race. Now that he won, he’s barely this way, but we have to call him the front-runner.”

Sexual abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

The measure was expected to bring countless new cases of molestation to light. But it has not satisfied victims’ groups because it doesn’t compel reporting of abuses made in confession nor does it force dioceses to tell authorities when abuses are reported.