St Andrew’s Healthcare: Overhaul for ‘failings’ mental health charity

St Andrew's Healthcare: Overhaul for 'failings' mental health charity. Inspectors have raised a number of concerns about the way St Andrew's Healthcare is run A mental health hospital charity that made "repeated and systemic failings" in its leadership is to overhaul its current services. Several concerns were raised at St Andrew's Healthcare, based in Northampton, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The charity will replace its facility at Fitzroy House, which could hold 110 patients, for a smaller service. Chief executive Katie [...]

The doctor who worked at Spire Hospital accused of botched operations

The doctor who worked at the same firm as Ian Paterson accused of botched operations. Exclusive: Michael Walsh treated patients at a hospital run by Spire, which employed rogue breast surgeon Spire sacked Michael Walsh after colleagues and numerous patients raised concerns. Photograph: David Jones/PA A doctor who worked at the same private healthcare firm as the rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been accused of subjecting scores of his patients to unnecessary operations that left many in pain, traumatised and unable to work, [...]

Plan for Scotland’s first medical cannabis clinic in Aberdeen

Plan for Scotland's first medical cannabis clinic in Aberdeen. GOOGLE Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in 2018 Plans for Scotland's first medical cannabis clinic in Aberdeen have been unveiled. Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018, allowing doctors to prescribe it in certain situations. Sapphire Medical Clinic plans to be the first clinic to "prescribe medical cannabis for all conditions acknowledged to benefit". NHS Grampian said it was "concerning" a clinic using GP referrals could give treatments not available on [...]

Contaminated blood victims ‘no closer’ to support parity

Contaminated blood victims 'no closer' to support parity PA Northern Ireland victims of the contaminated blood scandal have said they are no closer to securing financial support that would bring them into line with victims in England. They met Health Minister Robin Swann on Thursday and urged him to address a disparity in payments. Victims in Northern Ireland are paid less than those elsewhere in the UK. They said the meeting was constructive but Mr Swann told them he was keeping his options open. Nigel [...]

Coronavirus – How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19

Coronavirus - How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19 Both the NHS and World Health Organisation are advising on how to protect yourself and others from getting coronavirus. Tips on how to avoid catching and spreading viruses The risk to the UK public posed by the new coronavirus has been raised from low to moderate by chief medical officers, although they stress the risk to individuals remains low. Both the NHS and World Health Organisation (WHO) have issued guidance on how to protect [...]