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Social care crisis is crippling A&E leading to record overcrowding

Failings in social care are driving unprecedented levels of overcrowding in A&E units, the care watchdog warns today. Stock photo

  Failings in social care are driving unprecedented levels of overcrowding in A&E units, the care watchdog warns today. Its annual audit of the NHS rated half of casualty departments as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’, with most overwhelmed by record numbers of patients. According to the Care Quality Commission, many …

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IVF could make first-time mothers in their 60s a common site

Fertility psychologists warn that women using IVF to have babies in their fifties and sixties risk traumatising their young children

  Women giving birth in their sixties will soon become much more common as starting a family is being left later than ever, experts have warned. The world’s largest fertility conference, held this week in America, is now advising professionals on dealing with the rise of so-called ‘grey mothers’ – …

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Health Secretary vows crackdown on NHS agency staff

The Government

  The Health and Social Care Secretary has vowed to clamp down on agency spending in the NHS, saying the use of such staff can be ‘demoralising’ for workers. Matt Hancock today said he was ‘shocked’ by how the use of agency staff varies across the health service. He said …

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