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Blackpool hospital medic held over ‘poisoning’ claims

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Police said the investigation was at a very early stage A healthcare professional at a hospital has been arrested over the alleged administration of poison or a noxious substance to patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said. The […]

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Peanut allergy treatment ‘in sight’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeanut allergy sufferer Emily says she can now eat birthday cake Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a […]

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Hospital noise levels growing worse, say researchers

Image copyright PA Noise levels in hospitals are getting worse, research suggests. Anyone who has ever stayed overnight in a hospital will know how difficult it can be to sleep, surrounded by staff, machinery, trolleys and telephones. In the UK, 40% of hospital patients are bothered by noise at night, according to in-patient surveys. But […]

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Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

Image copyright Science Photo Library A major UK home care provider, offering support to 13,000 older and disabled people, is seeking to transfer or sell all its contracts to other providers. Allied Healthcare was warned this month by the care regulator about its financial sustainability. Since then, some local authorities have already taken steps to […]

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NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk. NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed. Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and bowel cancers. On Wednesday, it […]