NHS and private hospitals join forces to fight coronavirus crisis

NHS and private hospitals join forces to fight the coronavirus crisis. Ten more people in the UK die as hundreds of scientists warn that government’s ‘herd immunity’ strategy is risking too many lives • Coronavirus – latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverage An NHS public health warning on TV screens at the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA. The NHS is to join forces with the private health sector this week in an emergency plan to combat the coronavirus crisis, [...]

Maternity review highlights patient ‘safety risks’

Maternity review highlights Elgin hospital patient 'safety risks' A review was carried out into Dr Gray's in Elgin Concerns of a "risk to patient safety" have been raised in a report into maternity services at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin. The review described clinical governance as "not fully functional", and also described "dysfunctional and damaged" working relationships. But it found "no evidence of a trend in adverse outcomes for patients". NHS Grampian said it was working to find a "safe and sustainable" model of [...]

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, [...]

Hospital in bullying claims did not monitor at-risk patients

Hospital in bullying claims did not monitor at-risk patients. West Suffolk NHS trust failed to heed warning over patients with aneurysms, raising questions about management. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, at West Suffolk NHS foundation trust, which is his local hospital and is accused of bullying staff to identify a whistleblower. Photograph: Twitter @SteveDunnCEO A hospital accused of bullying its staff is facing new claims that it failed to act on a leading doctor’s warning about a potentially fatal failure to monitor [...]

Child mental health unit failings criticised by parents

Child mental health unit failings criticised by parents MICHAEL HARNETT Christie Harnett died on 27 June 2019 The parents of a girl who killed herself at a mental health inpatient unit say failings have left them "devastated". Christie Harnett was a patient at West Lane CAMHS unit in Middlesbrough when she died aged 17. "If she wasn't in there she'd probably still be alive," her stepdad said. The BBC found at least 16 young people have killed themselves in England's Children and Mental Health Services [...]