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Tax may need to rise to historically high levels in order to give the NHS the money it needs to cope with an ageing population, a new report suggests. A new analysis on what the NHS needs to cope with future demand shows that UK spending on healthcare will have…
GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly 17% said they had to turn down patients attempting to see a GP for a routine matter. Some GPs have…
NHS patients are "reluctant refugees" forced to seek private care due to the deterioration of the service, Labour has claimed. Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth accused the Conservatives of pushing the health service into a "level of crisis" which has forced people to seek treatment elsewhere. MPs heard that advertisements…
More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are preventable. A new study, led by experts from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, found in some cases this even resulted in patients…
The London Ambulance Service has been taken out of special measures after improving its rating from "inadequate" to "good". The Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Wednesday released a report which rates the organisation as "good" overall and "outstanding" for patient care. The report said that staff often went above and…
Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to diagnose her bladder cancer, according to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman concluded that with prompt and proper investigations, Mrs…
More than six times as many students from London took up places to study medicine and dentistry last year, compared to those from north-east England, Press Association analysis shows. The figures come amid a push by government and the profession to expand the workforce, including a move to open new…
In what is believed to be one of the largest "product liability" group actions in the UK, a group of 312 claimants brought High Court proceedings against manufacturer DePuy over allegations relating to the failure of metal-on-metal implants. The four-month hearing - which centred on Pinnacle Ultamet implants - concerned…
The death of a pensioner who was murdered by a neighbour just days after he was discharged from a psychiatric unit was preventable, a review has concluded. Daniel Atkins, who suffered significant mental health problems, was discharged on a Friday - when mental health support services are harder to access…
Promises to bring more patient care closer to home by prioritising NHS community services have fallen flat, a report has claimed. National strategies under successive governments have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes - avoiding the need for hospital treatment…
A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classed as those who call at least five times in a month, or at least 12 times in three…
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