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NHS waste handler stripped of contracts

NHS waste handler stripped of contracts

Image copyright Getty Images Healthcare Environment Services (HES) has been stripped of NHS contracts after hundreds of tonnes of waste from hospitals was allowed to pile up at its sites. Health Minister Stephen Barclay said new arrangements have been made with Mitie to replace the service. “NHS services continue to operate as normal”, Mr Barclay […]

‘Fry and Turnbull effect’ on prostate cancer

‘Fry and Turnbull effect’ on prostate cancer

Media captionStephen Fry: “It’s a bit of a business having an operation like that” Hospitals are seeing and treating more men with prostate cancer, partly thanks to celebrities raising awareness of the disease by speaking out about their own experiences, says the head of the NHS. NHS chief Simon Stevens will today thank former BBC […]

Mesh ‘last option’ for incontinence

Mesh ‘last option’ for incontinence

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs Women who need treatment for urinary incontinence should only be offered mesh surgery as a last resort, new draft guidelines for the NHS advise. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says non-surgical options, like pelvic muscle exercises, are […]

Life is a ‘tremendous gift’, says Katie

Katie and her parents describe what it has been like adjusting to life since she underwent a face transplant last year. Colm Flynn interviewed the family in Cleveland, where the 22-year-old is recovering. Edited by Angélica M Casas Life is a ‘tremendous gift’, says Katie

Mental health waiting lists ‘stole my youth and teenage years’

Mental health waiting lists ‘stole my youth and teenage years’

Image copyright Kerean Watts / Getty When Kerean Watts was 13 years old, he knew something was wrong with his mental health. Kerean was experiencing “persistently dark moods” but when he visited his GP he was told his problems were hormonal and something he would grow out of. “Every time I would go with this […]

Boots investigated over great-grandfather’s fatal pharmacy error

Boots investigated over great-grandfather’s fatal pharmacy error

Image copyright Gail Pickles Image caption Tony Lee had been coping well with the death of his wife just months before, his family said Regulators are investigating the actions of Boots after the death of a great-grandfather who was sent duplicate packs of prescription drugs. Richard “Tony” Lee took a week of extra pills dispensed […]

NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe launched

NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe launched

Image copyright Getty Images A criminal investigation has been launched after a backlog of medical waste was allowed to build up at several disposal sites. It emerged on Thursday that the waste from hospitals had not been disposed of in a timely fashion by contractor Healthcare Environmental Services. The Environment Agency said the firm was […]

Staff ‘afraid to question care’ at Shropshire baby death trust

Staff ‘afraid to question care’ at Shropshire baby death trust

Image caption There had been a “bullying, intimidatory culture” at the trust, a former nurse has claimed Junior staff at a health trust undergoing a review into its maternity care were frightened to raise concerns, a former nurse has claimed. The nurse, who worked in the maternity department at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust […]

Vitamin D pills – what’s the truth?

Vitamin D pills – what’s the truth?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vitamin D supplements can be bought at pharmacies and other shops You may have seen headlines saying that vitamin D supplements do not improve bone health or prevent fractures and falls, even though official advice says everyone should consider taking them – particularly during autumn and winter. So what’s […]

NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe over body parts ‘pile-up’

NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe over body parts ‘pile-up’

Image copyright Getty Images A criminal investigation has been launched after a backlog of medical waste including body parts was allowed to build up at six UK disposal sites. It emerged on Thursday that the waste from hospitals had not been disposed of in a timely fashion by contractor Healthcare Environmental Services. The Environment Agency […]