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Super-sized chocolate bars will be banned in hospital shops and canteens as part of the latest drive against obesity, the head of NHS England has announced. Simon Stevens said there was a need to fight the "super-size snack culture" as he set a 250-calorie limit on sweets and chocolate sold…
England's chief medical officer has warned of a "post-antibiotic apocalypse" as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell "the end of modern medicine". Without the drugs…
A disabled man who complained a High Court judge acted unlawfully when giving medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorising the use of force has lost a legal fight. Aamir Mazhar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, said an order made by Mr Justice Mostyn, who is…
There has been a "worrying" fall in the number of nurses working in the NHS, new analysis from an influential think tank has found. The King's Fund said there were fewer nurses working in the NHS in England in April this year compared with the previous April, the first year-on-year…
A series of cuts to frontline health services in Northern Ireland have been averted in the short-term after an additional £40 million was diverted from other Stormont departments. The region's five health trusts had been asked to find £70 million worth of savings to enable the Department of Health to…
The number of compulsory mental health treatments in Scotland has hit its highest level in at least 15 years, according to a watchdog report. In 2016/2017, the Mental Welfare Commission was notified of 5,422 new episodes of the care orders being used - a rise of 8.2% on the previous…
Jeremy Hunt has told MPs the NHS pay cap has been scrapped, but was unable to rule out cutting health services to fund rises above 1%. The Health Secretary said it was recognised the cap "wasn't sustainable" for the future, adding he was hoping for a "win-win" result after confirming…
The NHS is straining at the seams as it juggles problems with staffing shortages, rising demand and increasing numbers of patients with preventable illnesses, health and care inspectors have said. A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report warns that health and care services are at full stretch and that the…
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