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An anti-psychotic drug prescribed to a teenager caused him to suffer from a rare condition that was a "significant contributory factor" to his death, a coroner has said. The parents of Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, say they repeatedly told doctors that on "no account" was the 18-year-old to…
A highly resistant strain of gonorrhoea contracted by a UK man has been successfully treated, but officials have warned similar cases are expected. The patient had a regular female partner in the UK but picked up the infection after a sexual encounter with a women in south-east Asia, Public Health…
Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding what causes motor neurone disease and a common form of dementia. Motor neurone disease is a progressive and terminal disease that damages the function of nerves and muscle, while frontotemporal dementia is a form that causes changes in personality and behaviour along with…
Health officials have reversed a decision over whether a genetic test for breast cancer patients should be used by the NHS. The Oncotype DX test was provisionally rejected for use in January, despite having previously been recommended for certain women. The test helps to predict the risk of breast cancer…
Patients including older people with conditions such as dementia and motor neurone disease are being hit with huge care bills because a postcode lottery is denying them access to NHS funding, a watchdog has claimed. Which? said NHS funding data showed vulnerable people in England with the most expensive medical…
Increases in a hospital's car parking charges for staff will wipe out a proposed NHS pay rise, according to a union. Unite expressed anger at an announcement of increases for patients, visitors and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn from June. The union said many staff faced…
Councils cannot charge people for the first six weeks of intermediate care, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned, following an investigation into a complaint about North Somerset Council. The warning comes after a family complained North Somerset Council was not clear about the care home fees they…
Up to 20 million Britons are suffering from two or more serious health problems and the NHS needs restructuring to deal with them properly, according to a leading professor. The number of people living with multiple long-term illnesses and dying prematurely is increasing, according to a report by the Academy…
A consultant has told an inquest that anti-psychotic drugs she prescribed to a teenager were "one of the contributing factors" in his death. Thomas Oliver McGowan, 18, who was mildly autistic and had epilepsy and learning difficulties, died at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on November 11 2016. His parents, Tom…
Parliament's Standards Commissioner has opened an inquiry into Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over his failure to declare an investment in luxury flats for rent. Mr Hunt has already apologised for failing to declare a business interest with both Companies House and the parliamentary register of MPs' interests. But Commissioner Kathryn…
Pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter of the UK still cannot access specialist perinatal mental health services, according to new research. The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA), a coalition of organisations involved in the mental health and wellbeing of pregnant and new mothers, has published a series of…
The family of a "bubbly" and "loving" grandmother say the answer to their desperate search for a stem cell donor to save her life probably lies in the Jewish community. Hilary Levinson, 62, from Leeds, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in September last year and has been told…
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