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Cancer waiting times are the worst for 10 years, campaigners said, as new figures showed 13% of patients who are urgently referred do not start treatment in the target time. The Scottish Government's ambition is for 95% of those who are referred because cancer is suspected to be treated within…
Theresa May must pour a £500 million winter bailout fund into the NHS to avoid another seasonal crisis which could leave thousands of people waiting more than four hours for emergency care every day, Labour has said. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the Prime Minister must not stick her…
Lawyers have warned about the possible impact Brexit could have on the NHS, claiming that leaving the European Union could result in delays in patients getting new medicines and also impact on the supply radioisotopes used in cancer treatment. The Law Society of Scotland said leaving the EU "will affect…
An initiative to train GP receptionists in directing patients to different services if they do not require an appointment with a doctor has been trialled in parts of England. Some reception and clerical staff have been given enhanced roles as "care navigators" to help patients see the right person the…
There has been a huge jump in the number of patients enduring long waits on trolleys while a hospital bed is found for them, figures show. Data from NHS England shows the number of patients waiting more than 12 hours in England's A&E departments increased by 10,546% in five years…
Patient care in the NHS could suffer because of a workforce "crisis" among doctors, leading medics have warned. Fewer people are choosing to enter medicine or remain in the NHS as doctors, the British Medical Association (BMA) said. A new BMA report into pre-and post-graduate recruitment of doctors has highlighted…
A care home resident who died after eating bleach tablets that looked like mints waited more than three hours for an ambulance to take him to hospital, an inquest has heard. Diabetic dementia patient Joe Serginson, 85, grabbed a tub from a cleaners' trolley and swallowed the dissoluble disinfectant as…
British women are seeking abortion pills online due to barriers accessing care, research suggests. A new study in the journal Contraception found some women in England, Scotland and Wales are shunning traditional routes such as the NHS in favour of seeking help online. Experts found that 519 women contacted Women…
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