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VODAFONE CONNECTS SOUTH CENTRAL AMBULANCE SERVICE FIRST RESPONDERS TO BOOST PATIENT RESPONSE

Vodafone UK announced today that it is to provide South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) with mobile devices and a bespoke app to improve efficiency and response times for its 1,200 Community First Responders (CFRs) and Co Responders (Police, Fire & Military) in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. CFRs and Co Responders are volunteers trained to…

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North East Ambulance: £6.5m investment for 100 more staff in North East Ambulance Service

More than £6.5 million will be invested in the North East Ambulance Service over the next four years to recruit 100 more staff to meet new national response time standards and improve services to patients. An additional £9 million worth of efficiencies and productivity savings have also been agreed with support from the regional health…

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BHIVA calls for accelerated efforts to prevent and cure hepatitis C infection

The British HIV Association (BHIVA) calls for accelerated efforts to prevent and cure hepatitis C infection in all those living with HIV The British HIV Association (BHIVA) is calling for accelerated efforts to cure hepatitis C virus in all those living with HIV. New treatments for hepatitis C, direct acting agents (DAAs,) have transformed the…

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Antiepileptic drugs linked to higher risk of stroke in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

Antiepileptic drug use is associated with an increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk did not differ between old and new antiepileptic drugs. The results were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The risk of stroke was particularly…

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Bed Blocking’ Campaign Culminates in Art Exhibition

London, 11 October 2018, an exhibition has opened in Islington following an eight-week, artist-led campaign to call time on delayed discharges in the NHS.  The pop-up curation will welcome visitors at Candid Arts in Islington for just two days, between 11-12 October. On the launch night, there’s a specially selected guestlist of NHS practitioners and commissioners, journalists…

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Rise in people detained under Mental Health Act “extremely concerning”

Commenting on government figures which show an increase in the number of people detained under the Mental Health Act, former Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said: “The rise in people who are detained under the Mental Health Act is extremely concerning. “It seems clear that to prevent further increases the Government need to make…

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Exclusive: Trust considers drafting in military and using volunteer ambulance drivers

Trust holds ‘very early discussions’ about community first responders driving ambulances Senior paramedic says ‘desperate’ plans raise major patient and staff safety risks Trust also says it is considering use of ‘other emergency services and the military’ to plug staff shortages An embattled ambulance trust has floated the unprecedented move of asking volunteers to drive…

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UK Ambulance trusts’ Safeguarding Guidance are a serious potential future hazard

16% of ambulance trusts (two out of 12) reported safeguarding incidents in last three years Three trusts unable to audit their guidance to central standards Three trusts rely on 3-yearly cycles for training in regards to safeguarding Five trusts rely on 3-yearly cycles for updating their guidance 4th October, London, UK – Panlogic, the UK’s leading digital engineering…

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Release CQC rate SWASFT’s care as Outstanding

England’s independent regulator of health care services the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has rated South Western Ambulance Service (NHS) Foundation Trust (SWASFT) as ‘Good’ in their latest inspection and ‘Outstanding’ for being ‘Caring’. The Trust was pleased to welcome a team of CQC inspectors into the Trust sites across the region during their inspection of…

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Don’t let private patients jump the queue, says UNISON

NHS hospitals must stop letting private patients jump to the front of the queue for treatment in world-class facilities at bargain-basement prices, says a new report from health workers’ union UNISON released today (Wednesday). The research suggests that stretched NHS trusts are delivering preferential care to people willing and able to pay for healthcare –…

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The NHS needs a Labour government, says UNISON

The NHS needs a Labour government, says UNISON Commenting on shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth’s speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool today (Wednesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Under a Labour government the NHS and the dedicated people that work for it would at long last receive the proper investment and respect they deserve.…

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Acas launches new advice on job references

Workplace experts, Acas, have published new guidance to help employers and employees know the rules around employment references. A recent survey found that nearly half of employers want job applicants who have relevant work experience. Acas Senior Adviser, Tom Neil, said: “The job market can be very competitive so it is vitally important for job applicants and employers…

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