Due to a severe shortage of NHS mental health beds in England, the NHS has been left with no option but to pay private institutions such as the Priory increased sums to provide residential rehabilitation each year.
“The NHS is paying private firms an “eye-watering” £181m a year to look after people with serious mental health problems in units often hundreds of miles from their homes.” – The Guardian.
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An online campaign survey has revealed huge support for an overhaul of the current procurement requirements within the NHS and to free the NHS from overly rigid procurement requirements.
A survey run by 38 Degrees asked “to what extent do you agree that the law should be changed so that contracts to run NHS services no longer have to be put up for auction?” In response to this, 89% expressed that they strongly agreed.
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The NHS has this week launched an online portal to assist
NHS hospitals in identifying care home places for patients upon discharge.
Elderly and infirm patients are often delayed in being
discharged from hospital due to the lack of availability of a suitable care
home for them to be discharged to. Often,
their care needs will have changed since their admission to hospital. The fact that patients remain in hospital
after they are medically fit for discharge – but cannot return to their
previous home – places a strain on the NHS.
In 2018, the NHS estimated around 250,000 hospital beds days were taken
up by patients well enough to be discharged but with no care home to go
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One of the nurses who provided care to the late Professor
Stephen Hawking has been struck off the nursing register by the Nursing and
Midwifery Council (“NMC”). Patricia
Dowdy worked for Professor Hawking from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2013 to
2016. An interim suspension had been put
in place in 2016.
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