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November 2021

Some progress’ made at Shropshire hospital trust

The BBC reports that The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) in August.

The Trust has been in special measures since 2018 and its maternity services are subject of a review following a high rate of baby and maternal deaths.

The CQC said SaTH still had “significant work to do” to improve its patient care and safety standards.

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November 2021

Mental health: Damning report shows Ysbyty Gwynedd failings

The BBC reports that failings at a mental health unit has finally been made public – eight years after it was completed. In 2013, the Holden Report said a breakdown in staff and manager relations at Hergest Unit, Ysbyty Gwynedd, put patients at risk.

Amid a culture of bullying and low morale, patient safety concerns were not addressed.

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November 2021

Hergest: Long awaited Holden Report reveals extent of issues at mental health unit

A report exposing extensive problems with patient safety in a north Wales mental health unit has finally been made public after nearly eight years. 

ITV Cymru Wales revealed details of the report after receiving a leaked copy last year, but Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board tried to prevent the report’s publication despite the Information Commissioner’s Office ruling they should be released in 2020. 

The health board always maintained that publishing it would breach the confidence of members of staff who contributed to it.

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November 2021

Success is keeping patients alive, overworked staff tell damning report into North Wales mental health unit

North Wales families may finally receive “peace of mind” after a report into mental health failings was made public today – eight years after it was written.

The Holden Report was compiled in 2013 following complaints by staff at the 42-bed Hergest psychiatric unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

A redacted summary was released in 2015 warning the unit was “in serious trouble”.

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November 2021

Mental health: Damning report shows Ysbyty Gwynedd failings

A report into failings at a mental health unit has finally been made public – eight years after it was completed.

In 2013, the Holden Report said a breakdown in staff and manager relations at Hergest Unit, Ysbyty Gwynedd, put patients at risk.

Amid a culture of bullying and low morale, patient safety concerns were not addressed.

Betsi Cadwaladr health board said some issues were “complex to resolve”.

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November 2021

Poorer pensioners could pay £20,000 more towards their care costs

The Telegraph reports that an update to the Government’s social care reforms means that the value of State support given to the less well-off will not be included when the cap on costs is calculated, so they will have to spend more of their own money on care before they reach the £86,000 lifetime limit.

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November 2021

Poorer pensioners could pay £20,000 more towards their care costs

The Telegraph reports that an update to the Government’s social care reforms means that the value of State support given to the less well-off will not be included when the cap on costs is calculated, so they will have to spend more of their own money on care before they reach the £86,000 lifetime limit.

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November 2021

Mental health: Health board apologises for woman’s care failings

A health board has apologised for failings in the care of an elderly woman who was being treated at a mental health unit.

Jean Graves spent nine weeks at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Hergest unit in 2013 after struggling with anxiety and depression.

Her son said she was left “severely malnourished” and a watchdog said there were several failings in her care.

Betsi Cadwaladr health board has issued a “sincere apology”, including for how concerns were dealt with.

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November 2021

Covid booster jabs extended to people aged 40 to 49, says JCVI

The Guardian reports that the Covid booster vaccines care now available for those aged between 40 and 49 in the UK after being approved by the government’s vaccines watchdog, which also gave approval for teenagers aged 16 and 17 to receive second jabs.

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November 2021

Covid booster jabs extended to people aged 40 to 49, says JCVI

The Guardian reports that the Covid booster vaccines care now available for those aged between 40 and 49 in the UK after being approved by the government’s vaccines watchdog, which also gave approval for teenagers aged 16 and 17 to receive second jabs.

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November 2021

Remembrance Day 2021 – in pictures

The Guardian reports that across the Commonwealth countries hold ceremonies to commemorate the servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since the first world war. The service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall returned to normal after attendance last year was limited in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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November 2021

Remembrance Day 2021 – in pictures

The Guardian reports that across the Commonwealth countries hold ceremonies to commemorate the servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since the first world war. The service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall returned to normal after attendance last year was limited in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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