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Whorlton Hall: Hospital abuse missed despite at least 100 official visits

Media captionUndercover BBC filming shows staff swearing, mocking and taunting patients with autism and learning disabilities Whorlton Hall hospital had at least 100 visits by official agencies in the year before abuse of inpatients there was discovered, the BBC has learned. Inspectors, council officials and NHS staff all visited the County Durham unit – sometimes […]

Two female loos for every male one, experts recommend

Image copyright Getty Images Public health experts are calling for fair provision of public toilets for women, saying the aim should be to have two female loos to every male one. With more urinals than cubicles, men – unlike women – rarely queue, a Royal Society for Public Health report says. It blames the closure […]

Colluding drug firms ‘cost the NHS millions of pounds’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prochlorperazine is prescribed for nausea and dizziness Four pharmaceutical firms have been accused of illegally colluding to restrict the supply of an anti-nausea tablet, driving the price paid for it by the NHS up by 700%. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the cost of Prochlorperazine rose from […]

Aspirin ‘safe’ for brain-bleed strokes

Image copyright Getty Images Patients who have had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain can safely take aspirin to cut their risk of future strokes and heart problems, according to a new study. Aspirin thins the blood and so doctors have been cautious about giving it, fearing it could make bleeds worse. But […]

Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults in Durham

Media captionPanorama filmed vulnerable adults being deliberately provoked by staff who then physically restrained them The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC’s Panorama programme. Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham. Experts […]

Aspirin ‘safe’ for brain-bleed strokes

Image copyright Getty Images Patients who have had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain can safely take aspirin to cut their risk of future strokes and heart problems, according to a new study. Aspirin thins the blood and so doctors have been cautious about giving it, fearing it could make bleeds worse. But […]

I lost my arms and legs – stop it happening to others

Image copyright Steve Baker SCB Photography Image caption Tom and his wife Nic – his story was made into a film in 2016 called Starfish, featuring Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt A man who woke from a coma to discover both his arms and legs had been amputated and part of his face removed has […]

‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Image copyright Getty Images Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it knows of at least 62 adults and children that have been living in segregation in mental health hospitals for long periods of time. […]

Don’t be complacent over laughing gas risks, say nurses

Image copyright ALAMY Image caption Nitrous oxide, which can lawfully be sold for whipping cream, is typically sold in small silver canisters The public is too complacent about the risks of laughing gas, nurses are warning. The gas – nitrous oxide – is the second most commonly used recreational drug in England and Wales after […]

‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable

Image copyright Getty Images Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it knows of at least 62 adults and children that have been living in segregation in mental health hospitals for long periods of time. […]

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