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A&E cuts will hit 23m people, British Medical Association says

A&E cuts will hit 23m people, British Medical Association says

Image copyright 22kay22 Nearly 23 million people in England – more than 40% of the population – could be affected by proposed cuts to A&E departments, doctors are warning. The analysis of NHS plans by the British Medical Association also warned the changes were being rushed through without the evidence they will work. The proposals […]

Vulnerable told to expect cuts to council care

Vulnerable told to expect cuts to council care

Image copyright Getty Images The elderly and disabled in England are being told to expect cuts to care services and rises in charges after council chiefs unveiled spending plans. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said £20.8bn was expected to be spent on care this year, a cash rise of 5% since last […]

Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections

Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections

Image copyright Georgia Tech Image caption The patch is a few centimeters in diameter and has tiny, hair-like needles in the centre A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its […]

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard has been in intensive care since October last year Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene in his case. Chris Gard and Connie Yates lost their final legal bid to take their son […]

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Doctors have backed decriminalising abortion, as momentum gathers to overhaul the 1967 Abortion Act. Currently women in England and Wales have to prove to a doctor that carrying on with the pregnancy is detrimental to health or wellbeing to get permission for a termination. Without permission, abortion is a criminal […]

Over 1,700 patients at risk in ‘colossal’ NHS mail blunder

Over 1,700 patients at risk in ‘colossal’ NHS mail blunder

Image copyright SPL Image caption More than 700,000 patient notes were stored in the warehouse At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by a ‘colossal’ blunder that meant thousands of patient records were left to pile up in a warehouse. The number at risk is likely to rise as only two thirds of the […]

Suntans on children ‘are not healthy’

Suntans on children ‘are not healthy’

Image copyright kotangens/getty A suntan is a sign of skin damage, not glowing health, NHS England and the Met Office are reminding parents in Britain just days after a heatwave. A survey suggests a third of parents mistakenly believe going brown is good for children. A quarter have even encouraged their children to tan. A […]

Tick saliva ‘gold mine’ blocks killer heart condition

Tick saliva ‘gold mine’ blocks killer heart condition

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ticks are masters at feeding without causing any pain or inflammation The saliva from ticks could be used to treat a dangerous kind of heart disease that can cause sudden death in young people, scientists say. Proteins in the saliva were found to be excellent at stopping inflammation of […]

Middle-aged workers ‘spend more time sitting than pensioners’

Middle-aged workers ‘spend more time sitting than pensioners’

Image copyright Getty Images Most middle-aged office workers now spend more time sitting down than pensioners, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found 45 to 54-year-old Scots spend on average 7.8 hours per weekday sitting down. That compares to 7.4 hours of sedentary time for the over-75s. Sedentary time is […]

BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’

BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’

Image copyright PA The NHS in England is “running on fumes”, the leader of the British Medical Association is warning. Dr Mark Porter hit out at the government at the start of the union’s annual conference. He accused ministers of putting patients at risk and “picking the pockets” of NHS staff because of the squeeze […]

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