Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

Thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England, the health secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt said it was time to end the “historic imbalance” between mental and physical health services. The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21. But the Royal College of Nursing said the plans did not add up, and more “hard cash” would be needed…

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Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

Health regulator to investigate care home rape cover-up claims

The body which regulates health and social care in England admits it could have acted more quickly after a rape was reported at a home for people with learning disabilities in north London. The rape is alleged to have happened in November 2015 and the home closed a year later. An article in the Times on Thursday accused the Care Quality Commission of a cover-up. The CQC says it will now investigate what should have…

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NHS ranked 'number one' health system

NHS ranked 'number one' health system

The NHS has been ranked the number one health system in a comparison of 11 countries. The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival. The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, looked at countries across the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. The US came bottom. It is the second time…

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Mental health care 'risks being over-run'

Mental health care 'risks being over-run'

Mental health services in England risk being overwhelmed by a combination of rising demand and staff shortages, a survey of NHS trusts suggests. The poll by NHS Providers, which represents trusts, found seven in 10 mental health leaders expected demand to increase this year. But fewer than one in three was confident they had enough staff to deliver services. Ministers said extra money being invested would help improve care. It comes as an investigation by…

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Danger map reveals health threat zone

Danger map reveals health threat zone

South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threats than other mammals. The researchers hope the knowledge could be used to prevent the next HIV, Ebola or flu. Some of the most worrying…

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Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses

Health officials have named and shamed what they say are the most sugary breakfast cereals. Some, including Kellogg’s Frosties and Coco Pops, contain three-and-a-half sugar cubes or more per 40g serving, Public Health Liverpool (PHL) found. A seven to 10-year-old’s recommended maximum daily allowance is six cubes. Kellogg’s said it had recently reduced sugar in Coco Pops by 14% and added the recommended portion size for its cereals was 30g. How much sugar is hiding…

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Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust

Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust

Up to 20 deaths at an NHS-run mental health unit are being investigated as part of a police inquiry, the BBC has learned. It follows fresh investigations into the death of Matthew Leahy, who was found hanged at Linden Centre in 2012. His mother, Melanie Leahy, said her talks with Essex Police suggested the cases had taken place in the last 17 years. The Essex NHS Trust said patient safety was a “top priority”. Essex…

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Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking may be banned in new council homes, says health expert

Smoking could be banned in some new council homes in a bid to protect the health of children, a UK public health expert has said. Under the proposals, tenants would be asked to sign an agreement not to light up inside their home. President of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof John Middleton, says some councils and housing associations are already exploring the smoke-free housing idea. How would it work? According to the professor, the…

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