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Bill for urgent repairs at NHS hospitals reaches almost £1bn

Report finds crumbling state of hospitals is putting staff and patients at risk and could lead to health and safety prosecutions

Hospitals are at growing risk of “catastrophic failure” because the bill for urgent repairs for problems that threaten staff and patient safety has soared to almost £1bn, an NHS report reveals.

The cost of undertaking urgent “high-risk” maintenance in hospitals jumped last year from £775.5m to £947.1m – a rise of 22% – according to figures published by the NHS’s statistical arm.

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Brexit in any form poses major risks to NHS, academics say

Paper in the Lancet says Brexit will damage the NHS whichever form it takes, with a ‘no deal’ potentially catastrophic

Brexit may seriously damage the NHS, whichever form it takes, with a no-deal outcome proving catastrophic, according to an analysis of the health consequences of Britain leaving the EU.

The paper in the Lancet claims that Brexit could have “profound effects” more widely for health in the UK and also hit access to healthcare for the estimated 190,000 British pensioners in the EU.

Related: As an NHS boss, there is little I can do to reassure EU staff about Brexit

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NHS nurses are too busy to care for patients properly, research shows

Survey of 30,000 nurses finds 53% fear quality of care is suffering, and some patients are being left to die alone

One in three hospital nurses are too busy to relieve patients’ pain, give them their medication on time or talk to them and their families, research reveals.

Fifty-three percent of nurses fear the quality of care patients receive is suffering because they cannot do everything they need to do during their shift, according to a survey of 30,000 nurses.

Related: Overburdened NHS faces ‘winter of woe’, leading doctors warn

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Hospital bosses forced to chant ‘we can do this’ over A&E targets

Trust leaders say they were left feeling ‘bullied and humiliated’ by the incident at a meeting to improve performance

Hospital bosses were forced to chant “we can do this” by a senior NHS official in an effort to improve their accident and emergency performance in advance of what doctors have warned will be a tough winter for the NHS.

Hospital trust chief executives say they were left feeling “bullied, patronised and humiliated” by the incident last week at a meeting attended by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, and Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS in England.

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Stress and social media fuel mental health crisis among girls

NHS data shows 68% rise in hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls under 17 in past decade

Girls and young women are experiencing a “gathering crisis” in their mental health linked to conflict with friends, fears about their body image and pressures created by social media, experts have warned.

Rates of stress, anxiety and depression are rising sharply among teenage girls in what mental health specialists say is a “deeply worrying” trend that is far less pronounced among boys of the same age. They warn that the NHS lacks the resources to adequately tackle the problem.

Related: ‘Our daughters must not be scared to talk about mental health issues’

Related: What are your experiences of mental health?

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Abortion should not be a crime, say Britain’s childbirth doctors

Members of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vote in favour of decriminalisation of abortion

Britain’s childbirth doctors have urged ministers to scrap laws dating to Victorian times that could see a woman jailed for life for having an abortion.

Related: No prosecution risk for Northern Ireland medical staff over abortion referrals

Related: Pregnancy can kill. No one should be forced to give birth against their will | Jessica Valenti

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One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals

Data from government-funded research prompts fresh questions about effect of social media and school stresses on young people’s mental health

One in four girls is clinically depressed by the time they turn 14, according to research that has sparked new fears that Britain’s teenagers are suffering from an epidemic of poor mental health.

A government-funded study has found that 24% of 14-year-old girls and 9% of boys the same age have depression. Their symptoms include feeling miserable, tired and lonely and hating themselves.

Related: Judge attacks mental health provision after approving care plan for suicidal girl

Related: Suicide is at record level among students at UK universities, study finds

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