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Lives at risk from long ambulance waits, say paramedics.

  Sick people’s lives are being placed at greater risk because patients are facing unacceptably long waits for an ambulance after making a 999 call , according to the professional body for ambulance services, the College of Paramedics. The...

Having Covid-19 may heighten risks of still and premature births.

  Having coronavirus around the time of having a baby may increase the chance of stillbirths or premature births, although the overall risks remain low, according to a large UK study. Scientists say while most pregnancies are not affected, their...

Patient wrongly diagnosed with Crohn's disease had avoidable surgery, ombudsman says.

  A man, who suffered internal bleeding from surgery following an incorrect diagnosis, says he still has nightmares about how he was treated. The public services ombudsman for Wales has said that the surgery was "completely avoidable" and...

Coroner condemns 'woefully inadequate' care for gambling addict

  A coroner has described the information and treatment available for a 24-year-old problem gambler who took his own life in Vietnam as “woefully inadequate.” Yorkshire South West acting coroner, David Urpeth, delivered a narrative verdict...

Somerset care home closes nursing services after regulator rating of 'Inadequate'.

  A care home has closed its nursing services after an inspection by health and care regulators rated it ‘Inadequate.’ The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Priory Court Nursing Home, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, had not been able to recruit...

Remote GP calls may have contributed to five deaths, says coroner.

  Remote GP appointments may have been a contributing factor in the deaths of five people who were not given face-to-face GP appointments, a coroner has concluded. Senior coroner for Greater Manchester South, Alison Mutch, said important information...

Women 32% more likely to die after operation by male surgeon, study reveals.

  Women operated on by a male surgeon are far more likely to die, experience complications and be readmitted to hospital than when a woman performs the procedure, according to new research. Women are 15% more liable to suffer a bad outcome, and 32%...

Footballer Emiliano Sala died after plane broke up mid-air, inquest rules

  Footballer Emiliano Sala died instantly from "head and trunk injuries" when the plane he was in crashed after breaking up mid-air, an inquest jury has found. The jury also concluded he was likely to have been "deeply unconscious"...

Whistleblower claims maternity services at York hospital trust are unsafe

  Maternity services at York and Scarborough NHS Trust are “so unsafe as to be putting women and babies’ lives in danger every day”, a whistleblower has claimed. Staff shortages have meant that community midwives were working 24-hour...

Transplant surgeon who branded patients' livers struck off medical register.

Transplant surgeon who branded patients’ livers struck off medical register A surgeon who burned his initials on to the livers of two patients during transplant surgery has been struck off the medical register. Simon Bramhall, 57, admitted using an...
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