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Jeremy Hunt: Is government on track with more GPs promise?

Jeremy Hunt: Is government on track with more GPs promise?

Image caption The majority of most people’s contact with the NHS is with GPs Addressing a room full of doctors, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt reminded the audience of his promise in 2015 that there would be 5,000 more general practitioners working in the NHS in England by 2020. We’re halfway to Mr Hunt’s deadline – […]

Children’s door-crush finger injuries ‘can be lifelong’

Children’s door-crush finger injuries ‘can be lifelong’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children can seriously injure their fingers in doors Children and toddlers whose fingers are crushed by closing doors can end up with lifelong problems, plastic surgeons are warning. The British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Bapras) said the injuries in some cases could lead to amputation and long-term […]

Pregabalin: Spending on ‘new valium’ greater in north

Pregabalin: Spending on ‘new valium’ greater in north

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Use of pregabalin has grown substantially in the past few years Prescribing rates for a valium-like drug linked to 111 deaths in a year vary widely across England, BBC analysis suggests. Monthly spending on prescriptions containing pregabalin was 88% higher in the North East and 83% higher in the […]

Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 ‘golden hello’ for rural GPs

Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 ‘golden hello’ for rural GPs

Image copyright PA Newly-qualified GPs are to be offered a one-off payment of £20,000 if they start their careers in areas that struggle to attract family doctors. The £4m scheme, to be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, aims to boost the numbers of doctors in rural and coastal areas of England. Mr Hunt said […]

Both sexes ‘should be taught about periods together at school’ – charity

Both sexes ‘should be taught about periods together at school’ – charity

Boys and girls should be taught about periods at school, a charity says. Plan International UK says not talking about it can be damaging and wants it to be discussed in class. The charity has carried out a survey of 1,000 girls aged 14-21, which suggests almost half are embarrassed by periods. “I think there […]

Gene test ‘narrows down breast cancer risk’

Gene test ‘narrows down breast cancer risk’

Media captionThree women talk about how they felt when they had their double mastectomies A gene test informing women how likely they are to develop breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups. The Manchester researchers behind the test said it could reduce the number of women having surgery to remove their breasts, by […]

Illegal tongue splitting procedures exposed

Illegal tongue splitting procedures exposed

Image caption Roni X attached a surgical-style torch to the head of a BBC reporter moments before she pulled out of the procedure Body modification artists have been exposed carrying out illegal and potentially dangerous tongue splitting procedures. Patients undergo the cosmetic surgery to achieve a lizard-like forked tongue. Two backstreet practitioners were filmed by […]

Gene test ‘narrows down breast cancer risk’

Gene test ‘narrows down breast cancer risk’

Image caption The test looks at 18 genetic variants which can affect breast cancer risk A gene test informing women how likely they are to develop breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups. The Manchester researchers behind the test said it could reduce the number of women having surgery to remove their breasts, […]

Noel Conway: Terminally ill man loses right-to-die case

Noel Conway: Terminally ill man loses right-to-die case

Image caption Noel Conway was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 A terminally ill man has lost his High Court challenge against the law on assisted dying. Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, wanted a doctor to be allowed to prescribe a lethal dose when his health deteriorates. Currently any […]

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust patients ‘died waiting for care’

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust patients ‘died waiting for care’

Image caption Patients are suffering due to long waits at Royal Cornwall Hospital Patients waiting for heart treatment have died and those waiting for ophthalmology care have lost their sight at Cornwall’s main hospital, according to a report. NHS Improvement has placed Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in special measures after an inspection from the […]