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New pharmacy rules 'to cut errors' Posted on Sunday May 24, 2015

The government hopes a new "no-fault" airline-style error reporting system for chemists will help identify and reduce dispensing mistakes.

Depression makes heart failure worse Posted on Saturday May 23, 2015

People with heart failure must be screened for signs of depression and offered counselling, scientists say.

NHS trusts' deficit rises to £822m Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

NHS trusts in England report a total deficit of £822m for last financial year, compared with £115m the previous year

Quarter of skin cells 'on road to cancer' Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

More than a quarter of a middle-aged person's skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer, a study suggests.

Brain-reading implant controls arm Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading implant in his brain.

Tobacco firms challenge packaging law Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

British American Tobacco and Philip Morris file legal challenges against the UK government over plain packaging for cigarettes.

Cancer fund reprieves only one drug Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

The Cancer Drugs Fund in England will continue to pay for a stomach cancer drug after an appeal by the manufacturer.

Tesco to cut sugar in soft drinks Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Campaign group Action on Sugar welcomes Tesco's commitment to reduce added sugars by 5% per year in all their own-label soft drinks.

'Rosetta Stone' for prostate cancer Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

Scientists have unveiled a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer, hailing it as the disease's "Rosetta Stone".

English drink 'more than estimated' Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

The amount of alcohol people in England drink is underestimated by the equivalent of 12 million bottles of wine a week, according to new research.

Largest NHS trust is 'inadequate' Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

The biggest NHS Trust and two more of the hospitals it runs have been labelled "inadequate" by inspectors.

GPs' leader attacks seven-day plan Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

David Cameron needs to "get real" and ditch his "surreal obsession" with opening GP surgeries in England seven days a week, the British Medical Association says.

Woman has 'first' double heart op Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

A heart patient has two operations simultaneously, in what surgeons say is the first procedure of its type in the UK.

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2015

Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

Exercise 'buys five years for elderly' Posted on Friday May 15, 2015

Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, a study suggests.

Hospice vacancies roundup Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

A roundup of all the jobs posted on ehospice this week.

Daily News Roundup - 22 May 2015 Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

In the news today: the Care Quality Commission says GPs should be more involved in end of life care, a US study finds that hospital admissions in the last year of life is linked with increasing disability of older patients, and NHS Lanarkshire reviews its working practices after criticism from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

New training pack focuses on communication and working together to improve end of life care Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Training resources, which aim to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of working together to support people at the end of their lives, have been launched as part of Dying Matters Week.

Putting patients at the centre is focus of Improving End of Life Care conference Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Patient-centred care was high on the agenda at the Improving End of Life Care conference in Birmingham on Wednesday, which also discussed the importance of training staff and accurately measuring progress.

Simon Cowell becomes vice president of Shooting Star Chase Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice has announced today that Simon Cowell has accepted an invitation to become vice president of the charity.

"Making plans has allowed me to feel I have some control over my situation" Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Helen Andrews considers what she would want at the end of life, and why we find it so hard to talk about death and dying.

New website launched to help improve bereavement support in Northern Ireland Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

A new website providing information and guidance for health and social care professionals and services who support dying people and their loved ones has been launched during Dying Matters Week.

Daily News Roundup - 21 May 2015 Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

In the news today: the new Wirral End of Life Care Charter is launched and we bring you a roundup of coverage on yesterday's Health Service Ombudsman report, 'Dying without dignity'.

Free online training programme on advance care planning launched Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

A ground-breaking new training programme to help people work with individuals and families make plans for their end of life has been launched as part of Dying Matters Week.

Death and disaster Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

Hospice UK's National Director for Hospice Care, Dr Ros Taylor, responds to yesterday's harrowing report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Hospice at home – the key to quality end of life care in the community Posted on Thursday May 21, 2015

Sue Varvel, Chair of the National Association for Hospice at Home, writes for ehospice on the key role hospice at home services play in providing high-quality end of life care in the community and how the national association supports those providing this important service.

Pilgrims Hospices consults on plans for inpatient care in Canterbury Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2015

Pilgrims Hospices in Kent is consulting on three options which would enable it to continue to provide inpatient care in Canterbury, after a public backlash last year to the charity’s plans to close its 16-bed unit in the city.

Daily News Roundup - 20 May 2015 Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2015

In the news today: calls for all healthcare professionals to be trained in palliative care, the Church of England launches new national resource to help churches get people talking about death and dying, and Belfast Charitable Society pledges £250,000 to Northern Ireland Hospice

Poor end of life care highlighted in new report ‘Dying without dignity’ Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2015

End of life care could be improved for up to 355,000 people a year in England, according to a report published today by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

More people are dying in hospices but inequalities remain Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2015

The proportion of people dying in hospices in England has nearly doubled since 1993, but the gap in hospice deaths between people living in the least and most deprived areas appears to be growing, according to new research published today.