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The latest sexual health figures released by Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) show an increase in cases of gonorrhoea, herpes and chlamydia, while numbers diagnosed with syphilis and genital warts are down. The ‘Sexually Transmitted Infection surveillance in Northern Ireland 2018: An analysis of data for the calendar year…
GPs are being urged to "prescribe movement" to patients with some of the most common conditions.Those with cancer, depression, dementia and type 2 diabetes are among those who should be targeted by healthcare workers including family doctors, health officials said.Patients will be asked about physical activity levels, informed about how…
GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups. Announcing an extra £1.8 million for…
A GP groped a woman in an "immature Benny Hill" fashion and sexually assaulted a number of other patients under the guise of medical examinations, a court has heard. Alan Tutin, 70, allegedly molested 25 females as young as nine years old for his own "sexual gratification" during his 24-year…
More than 50% of new mothers suffering from mental health problems feel they cannot raise the issue at postnatal check-ups. Research conducted by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) found that 60% did not discuss the issue out of embarrassment and fear the doctor would think they were not fit to…
Almost a quarter of patients with a mental health problem are waiting more than three months to see an NHS specialist, leading psychiatrists have warned. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said that long waits for mental health care "have been deemed acceptable". The College's poll of 500 mental health patients…
New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. Mind Cymru and the British Red Cross have been awarded a total of £1,351,066 to deliver projects across Wales. The British Red Cross will run pilots for…
Access to sexual health and HIV services has been dramatically reduced following changes to the funding and organisation of the services, health leaders have warned. The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the British HIV Association (BHIVA) said surveys of their members show the sector is at…
Around a quarter of evening and weekend GP appointments are going unfilled in England, an investigation has found. Out-of-hours appointments have been available in parts of the country since 2014 and NHS England said all surgeries should provide the facility from October 1 this year. But Pulse magazine discovered, through…
More than 2.5 million patients across England may see their local surgery close in the next five years because of the high numbers of GPs at risk of leaving the profession - causing a "catastrophic" effect on patient care, health leaders have warned. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) said…
A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
A family doctor has gone on trial accused of sexual offences against 20 women. Dr Manish Shah, 48, is accused of assaulting female patients at his surgery in Romford, Greater London. He is charged with 75 sexual offences against 20 complainants, who will give evidence during a four-month trial at…
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