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A new GP contract aimed at cutting the workload of family doctors comes into force today. The British Medical Association (BMA), which drew up the contract with the Scottish Government, said it would “restore hope” to the profession. The new contract, backed with £100 million of Scottish Government funding in…
Prescriptions for some "over the counter" remedies such as paracetamol and cold treatments have been cut after NHS officials voted in favour of money-saving plans. Cough mixture, eye drops, laxatives and sun creams are among the products that will no longer be routinely prescribed, following an NHS England board meeting…
Some young people are facing "unacceptable barriers" in getting mental health support, a charity has warned. A survey of 2,700 young people who had struggled with mental health issues found that only 9% felt it was easy to get the support they needed. The YoungMinds poll of children and young…
More than 40% of online healthcare services, such as those that provide GP consultations and prescriptions through independent websites and apps, are not providing "safe" care, the health watchdog has warned. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted cases where independent providers were found to be prescribing high volumes of opioid-based…
All patients in England will soon be able to be referred to hospitals with the shortest waiting lists under plans unveiled alongside a new contract for GPs. The e-Referral Service allows GPs and patients to identify the hospitals with the shortest waits if a patient needs to be sent for…
Many health service staff display a "woeful ignorance" about the damage caused to patients by overdependence on prescription drugs, ministers have been told. Labour health spokesman Lord Hunt of Kings Heath urged the Government to take action nationally to tackle the problem, including getting the NHS to "start taking this…
The number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers in England has nearly doubled in 10 years, it has been reported. The surge in people taking opioids such as morphine has prompted doctors to warn that people are becoming addicted in greater numbers. The family of drugs also includes codeine, tramadol and…
By early 2019, clinicians across the North of Scotland will have access to an integrated digital view of a patient’s health and social care data through a new web-based portal provided by Orion Health. Jointly commissioned by four boards in the North of Scotland, the new health and social care…
A health board has apologised after the latest figures showed just 6% of patients suffering from chronic pain saw a specialist for help within the 18-week waiting time. Liz Moore, the director for acute services at NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said the board “sincerely apologises to any patient who has…
A health board has been slammed for “verging on scandalous” figures showing just 6% of patients suffering from chronic pain saw a specialist for help within the 18-week waiting time. In the last three months of 2017, 235 patients had their first appointment at the pain clinic at NHS Ayrshire…
A quarter of the population take up half of all GP appointments and hospitalisations, a new study has found. New research found that more than a quarter of adults in England have more than one long-term illness such as high blood pressure or diabetes. And the majority of GP consultations,…
Doctors are being prompted to tell children "to pretend their mental health is worse than it is" to receive treatment, MPs have heard. Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley made the comments on the back of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which said that too many children find themselves at…
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