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New "one-stop shops" to speed up cancer diagnosis are being trialled across the country for the first time. GPs can refer patients suffering from "vague" symptoms including unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain and fatigue to assessment centres, to undergo multiple tests for different cancers. The initiative aims to ensure a…
A new GP contract aimed at cutting the workload of family doctors comes into force today. The British Medical Association (BMA), which drew up the contract with the Scottish Government, said it would “restore hope” to the profession. The new contract, backed with £100 million of Scottish Government funding in…
White shortlisted job applicants are up to three times more likely to be appointed than black and minority ethnic (BME) applicants in six major NHS organisations and are more likely to report harassment, bullying or abuse from colleagues in four, according to a report. The six bodies which oversee the…
TV doctors Rosemary Leonard, Ellie Cannon and Sara Kayat are returning to the classroom to encourage pupils to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and consider careers in the NHS. The medics will visit secondary schools and colleges in England this summer as part of the NHS's 70th…
Prescriptions for some "over the counter" remedies such as paracetamol and cold treatments have been cut after NHS officials voted in favour of money-saving plans. Cough mixture, eye drops, laxatives and sun creams are among the products that will no longer be routinely prescribed, following an NHS England board meeting…
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is to do a U-turn and keep donations raised by a controversial black-tie event mired in claims that female hostesses were groped. The organisation, which raises funds for the hospital, said it has made the decision to keep the money, reportedly some £530,000, raised…
Some young people are facing "unacceptable barriers" in getting mental health support, a charity has warned. A survey of 2,700 young people who had struggled with mental health issues found that only 9% felt it was easy to get the support they needed. The YoungMinds poll of children and young…
Leading nurses have announced their support for an opt-out organ donation system. Prime Minister Theresa May announced in October that the Government will shift towards an opt-out organ donation system in England, which presumes people give consent for their organs and tissues to be donated in the event of their…
A long-term funding plan to stop the NHS being hit by funding crises will be put in place this year, Theresa May has announced. The Prime Minister admitted the health service "can't afford to wait" until the planned review of public spending in 2019 and told MPs she wanted changes…
A hospital has temporarily cancelled all elective operations - even for cancer and urgent medical needs - after being overwhelmed with "exceptional levels" of patients who needed to be admitted. Addenbrooke's in Cambridge is temporarily diverting ambulances to other hospitals and implored patients attending accident and emergency not to bring…
The Scottish Government must ensure there are enough NHS staffed beds available in acute specialities to meet demand, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said. The party’s health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton raised concerns after official statistics showed the number of these beds available has fallen. Figures published by ISD Scotland show…
A “recruitment crisis” in neurology is affecting patient care, MSPs have heard. Professor Malcolm Macleod, clinical lead for neurology at NHS Forth Valley, said use of locums caused “chaos”. Giving evidence to Holyrood’s Health and Sport Committee, he said the health board recently recieved no applications for a consultant neurology…
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