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Breast reductions and operations to stop people snoring are among a list of treatments which could be cut back in plans to prevent more than 100,000 "unnecessary procedures" taking place annually. NHS England said an estimated £200 million could be saved every year by tightening criteria for treatments where "the…
Children's mental health services will need to expand significantly to cope with the growing problems faced by young people, the head of the NHS in England has said. Simon Stevens said higher rates of mental illness combined with a greater willingness of people coming forward with problems meant there would…
Jeremy Corbyn will highlight the pressures facing GP practices and other NHS services on a visit to Scotland. The UK Labour leader will join Scottish party chief Richard Leonard for a rally in Livingston, West Lothian, in the run up to the 70th anniversary of the health service. Alongside Neil…
Women in Wales are to be allowed to take the second abortion pill at home. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the move will increase choice for women and reduce the burden on clinical resources. Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales from Friday on allowing misoprostol, the second…
An NHS scheme to drive integration between health and social care has not delivered the transformation of services originally planned, an official report has found. Much of the funding intended for the "vanguard" programme was diverted to relieve short-term financial pressures in the health service, the National Audit Office (NAO)…
A London-based nurse has been found guilty of trafficking five Nigerian women to Germany to work as prostitutes - after forcing them to undergo humiliating voodoo rituals. Josephine Iyamu (pictured) made her victims swear oaths to hand over money during "juju" ceremonies which saw them ordered to eat chicken hearts,…
Four new reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed discharge, with some patients waiting years to leave hospital. The Commission found that overall care and treatment was good, and patients generally had positive relationships with…
A retired paramedic has told an inquest he did "make mistakes" in the way that he treated a mother who suffered a cardiac arrest following family court proceedings. Gary Long was the first medical professional to treat Hayley Gascoigne, who suddenly collapsed in the upper concourse of Hull Combined Court…
Health officials have issued a safety warning after it emerged that two hospital patients died after being given the wrong type of food while suffering from swallowing difficulties. Hundreds of other people with such problems could have come to harm in the same way, according to the alert. The warning,…
An NHS trust has decided to press ahead with controversial plans to set up an outsourcing company despite a strike by hundreds of workers in protest at the move. The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust said its board of directors had decided to move forward in creating WWL Solutions,…
A doctor implicated in a scandal at Gosport Memorial Hospital has said she was "doing her best" for patients. Jane Barton (pictured) said she was a "hard-working doctor" working in a "inadequately resourced" part of the NHS. A damning report into the scandal published last week concluded that hundreds of…
Tampons and sanitary towels should be provided free by the Government, leading doctors have said. The British Medical Association (BMA) backed a motion calling for an end to "period poverty" at its annual representative meeting in Brighton. Hospitals have also been urged to give in-patients access to products throughout their…
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