NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

NHS ‘haemorrhaging’ nurses as 33,000 leave each year

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS is “haemorrhaging” nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show. More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services. The figures – provided to the BBC by NHS Digital – represent a rise of 20% since […]

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Cost legacy of decades-old NHS blunders begins to rise

Image copyright HORD FAMILY Image caption Thomas Hord’s family fought for seven years to win a six-figure payout for his life-long care needs NHS medical blunders dating back more than two decades are still costing millions of pounds a year in compensation, it has emerged. The negligence bill for mistakes made before 1995 – mainly […]

Measles outbreak in five English regions

Measles outbreak in five English regions

Image copyright SPL Image caption Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of contracting measles Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in five areas of England and now total more than 120 cases. Public Health England says the cases in West Yorkshire, Cheshire and Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester are linked to ongoing […]

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze

Image copyright Getty Images Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning. Medics in Leicester treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare and […]

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace

Media captionWhat’s the menopause really like? Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific policies but experts said for many it […]

Manchester Children’s Hospital: ‘Dangerously low’ staffing levels reported

Manchester Children’s Hospital: ‘Dangerously low’ staffing levels reported

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One medic fears a patient will have to die before staffing concerns are addressed Medical staff at Manchester Children’s Hospital have warned “dangerous staffing levels” have put patients at risk in its critical care unit. They listed their concerns in an “honesty box”, a letter leaked to the Manchester […]

‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’

‘Being a teenage mother is so lonely’

Media captionShannon says having Harvey, two, has given her life direction Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still among the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the numbers further. Shannon was 14 and her boyfriend Ethan 17 when she […]

London’s January air quality ‘best in 10 years’

London’s January air quality ‘best in 10 years’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The capital has breached air pollution limits by 6 January every year since 2008, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said London’s air quality is within legal limits in mid-January for the first time in 10 years, City Hall has said. The capital breached limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 6 […]

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

Coca-Cola to cut bottle size but increase price in face of sugar tax

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca-Cola has confirmed the price of its larger bottles, including 500ml, will rise in March Coca-Cola has announced it will cut the size of a 1.75l bottle to 1.5l and put up the price by 20p in March, because of the introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks […]

A&E volunteer students ‘will work within capabilities’

A&E volunteer students ‘will work within capabilities’

Image copyright PA Image caption The BMA said hospitals were resorting to “desperate measures” to cope with increased demand Medical students who volunteer to relieve winter pressure on A&Es will not work beyond their capabilities, say health bosses. The British Medical Association said it was “extremely worrying” two medical schools had urged students to help […]