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A GP who secretly took thousands of videos and images of female patients during appointments was told he had breached their trust as he was jailed for 14 months. One victim claimed that Dr Thair Altaii "will never know the true damage that he has caused to my life", while…
An innovative idea to treat people earlier for illnesses like flu and chest infections has led to patients in one area avoiding 17,000 nights in hospital and the NHS saving £7 million to be reinvested back into patient care. The iCares system in Sandwell in the West Midlands flags people…
The UK Government’s “shambolic Brexit” poses a threat to the future of the NHS in Scotland, the SNP has said. MP Dr Philippa Whitford said a “power grab” over public procurement could lead to more privatisation in the NHS. The SNP’s Westminster health spokesperson claimed that Holyrood would lose control…
Black people have higher rates of dementia diagnosis compared to other ethnic groups, a new study suggests. But people from Asian backgrounds are the least likely to be diagnosed with the condition, compared to patients who are black or white. Researchers from University College London (UCL) and King's College London…
Virgin has been awarded almost £2 billion worth of NHS contracts over the past five years, according to new analysis. The Guardian reported that the company and its subsidiaries hold at least 400 contracts across the public sector - from healthcare in prisons to school immunisation programmes. According to the…
Doctors will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has decided to reschedule the products, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which they can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a specially…
Fears have been raised over a new GP app missing symptoms of deadly illnesses by a former GP turned senior Tory MP. New Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons one in four patients are now registered for online services to access a GP, including the popular Babylon app. But…
The hiring of a private company employed to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England "was a shambles", MPs have said. In a scathing report on NHS England's outsourcing of primary care support services to Capita, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that neither party understood the service…
Patients who smoke are being "discriminated against" with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "prioritising saving money over saving lives and flouting the basic principles…
The number of patients waiting longer than six months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now exceeded 200,000, figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics for May reveal that 211,324 patients waited more than six months to start planned treatment. This is 48.4% higher than the same…
The health service in Northern Ireland is unique in the UK as the only region where it is not led by a minister. It generally faces the same challenges as in the rest of the UK, with an ageing population, increasingly complex care needs, staffing GP practices and increasing drug…
The NHS accidentally disclosed data on 150,000 patients who had objected to the sharing of their information, it has emerged. Data was shared for clinical audits and research on the patients who had opted out of any data information sharing other than for purposes of their care. In a written…
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