We want our Brexit cash boost – NHS boss

November 8, 2017 7:14 am0 comments
We want our Brexit cash boost - NHS boss

The health service should get the cash boost it was promised during the EU referendum, NHS England’s boss says. Simon Stevens used controversial claims used by Vote Leave – that the NHS could benefit by £350m a week – to put the case for more money in a major speech. […]

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Thousands living with advanced cancer, says Macmillan

November 7, 2017 7:36 pm0 comments
Thousands living with advanced cancer, says Macmillan

Thousands of people in England who have the most advanced cancers are surviving for several years after diagnosis, according to new research. Macmillan Cancer Support said it was down to new treatments but warned that living longer with advanced cancer can bring its own difficulties. Emma Young, 39, was diagnosed […]

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'UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote'

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'UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote'

In the year after the UK narrowly voted to exit the European Union, there was a small but significant increase in the population’s feeling of wellbeing, official statistics show. The improvements in areas such as life satisfaction and happiness were seen only in England, however. Elsewhere, the rates flatlined. People […]

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NHS staff 'working on edge of safety'

November 6, 2017 7:56 pm0 comments
NHS staff 'working on edge of safety'

NHS staff in England are working on the “edge of safety” as rising demand is outstripping the increasing numbers being employed, health bosses say. There are now 6% more staff than there were three years ago, but demand for services has risen by three times as much in some areas. […]

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NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

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NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

A 24-hour service has been launched for NHS patients, offering GP consultations via videolink on smartphones. The pilot scheme will initially cover 3.5 million patients in greater London. Patients will be able to check their symptoms through the mobile app and then have video consultations within two hours of booking. […]

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'Speed up mental health support for children in care'

November 5, 2017 8:29 pm0 comments
'Speed up mental health support for children in care'

Media playback is unsupported on your device “It felt like no-one was there for me and no-one cared – I was crying myself to sleep every night.” This is what life was like for Callum after he was taken into care aged 13 in 2008, following the death of his […]

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Psychiatrist vacancies 'double in four years' in England

November 4, 2017 9:55 pm0 comments
Psychiatrist vacancies 'double in four years' in England

One in 10 consultant psychiatrist roles is currently unfilled in NHS organisations in England, says a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It says the number of unfilled posts has doubled in the past four years. Wales is also struggling to fill posts, with vacancies of 9%, while Scotland […]

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Directors at 'unsafe' mental health trust got pay rise

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Directors at 'unsafe' mental health trust got pay rise

Four directors at an “unsafe” mental health trust received £10k pay rises, despite failing to improve standards. As reported in the EADT, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) boosted pay to £108,000 after it came out of special measures in 2016. The Trust, which went back into special measures […]

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Contaminated blood scandal to have 'full statutory inquiry'

November 3, 2017 10:24 pm0 comments
Contaminated blood scandal to have 'full statutory inquiry'

A “full statutory inquiry” will be carried out into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the government has announced. The decision was made after victims and families expressed strong views over the involvement of the Department of Health. The UK-wide inquiry will now be the […]

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Surrogate mother of 'twins' finds one is hers

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Surrogate mother of 'twins' finds one is hers

A surrogate mother from California, who gave birth to two babies, found out one of the children was biologically hers. Jessica Allen became pregnant with her own biological child while she was carrying another baby as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. Mrs Allen said doctors first thought the second […]

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