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Two fifths of health visitors fear that they are "so stretched" that avoidable tragedies involving children could occur, a new poll suggests.A new poll of 1,200 health visitors in England found that 43% were concerned tragedies could occur because a vulnerable child would not be identified until it was too…
Nearly a third of GPs say they are likely to leave their roles within five years, a survey has found, as experts warn stress and huge workloads are forcing many to quit the profession.A poll by the Royal College of General Practitioners found that 31% of the 1,094 GPs surveyed…
Ministers have been urged to review cuts to sexual health budgets by the first MP to announce that he has HIV during a House of Commons debate.Lloyd Russell-Moyle (pictured), Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, said he felt he had to speak out about an issue which affected him personally.He is…
Some NHS 111 patients are to be booked appointments with their local pharmacist, officials have said.Patients in London with minor illnesses who call the NHS helpline can be sent to a nearby pharmacy instead of seeing a doctor.NHS England said specially trained 111 operators can refer patients with minor health…
Health teams working in the community are to get a multi-billion funding boost in a bid to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, the Prime Minister has announced.Theresa May pledged £3.5 billion a year in new real-terms funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/24 as part of the forthcoming NHS long-term…
GPs made more than 1.4 million referrals for talking therapies for patients with anxiety or depression last year, new figures show.The number of referrals for talking therapy increased from 1.39 million in 2016/17 to 1.44 million in 2017/18, according to data from NHS Digital.More than a million people started treatment,…
Health officials have called on the elderly to get their flu jab as it sought to stem fears over a shortage of the vaccine.Last week concerns were raised that over 65s could be turned away from GP surgeries after a poll found the majority of family doctors said their practice…
Urgent checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after it was revealed a fake psychiatrist was allowed to practice for 22 years with no qualification.Zholia Alemi claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995.In reality, her claim to have…
A major overhaul of national cancer screening programmes will look at possible changes to currently outsourced provision following "recent issues" with breast and cervical cancer screening, NHS England has said.Screening programmes have saved hundreds of thousands of lives but improvements can always be made, and the review will look at…
A private company hired to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England has been slammed after it emerged that more than 40,000 women had not been sent the appropriate smear test information.The British Medical Association (BMA) claimed that up to 48,500 women have not received information regarding cervical…
Fresh concerns about patient data have been raised after Google announced plans to bring the health division of its DeepMind artificial intelligence company more closely under its control.The move means Google will manage the subsidiary's Streams app, which processes NHS patient data to alert doctors if someone is at risk…
The NHS will invest up to £46 million to help tens of thousands of people living with diabetes to receive life-changing treatment.NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has pledged to end the postcode lottery where type 1 in some parts of the country are not able to get glucose monitors.Mr…
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