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Public satisfaction with GP services has dropped to the lowest level since the 1980s, a survey has found. The latest British Social Attitudes survey found that satisfaction with family doctor services - usually seen as the "jewel in the crown" of the NHS - has fallen to its lowest level…
GP practices in some parts of the country are being offered savings if they refrain from referring patients to hospital, it has been claimed. Local health bodies in five regions of England are, or are planning to, offer "profit share" agreements which see GP practices paid up to half the…
As many as one in five prescriptions for antibiotics written by GPs may be "inappropriate", health officials have said. Public Health England (PHE) warned that using antibiotics when they are not needed "threatens their long-term effectiveness" as it published new research estimating that 20% of all antibiotic prescriptions written in…
The number of people living with diabetes has doubled in the last 20 years, a charity has said. Diabetes UK said the condition is the "fastest growing health crisis of our time" as it found that the number of people diagnosed with the condition across the UK has reached almost…
The opportunity to potentially save a five-year-old girl with life-threatening asthma was missed after she was turned away from an emergency appointment because she was late, a coroner has ruled. Ellie-May Clark arrived at the Grange Clinic in Newport, South Wales, five minutes after her emergency appointment at 5pm on…
More than 200 million medication errors are made in the NHS every year and could lead to the deaths of thousands of people, researchers say. Mistakes - ranging from giving patients the wrong medication to delivering prescriptions late - may cause around 1,700 deaths annually in England and contribute to…
Antidepressants are effective in the treatment of the mental health condition, according to the authors of an international study. Led by researchers at the University of Oxford, the study aimed to clear up lingering questions about the efficacy of medicine to treat acute depression in adults. Through examining trials involving…
There should be a national database of patients taking large amounts of opioid painkillers, researchers have said. The call comes after a new study found that opioid prescribing is on the rise across England. The latest study, published in the British Journal Of General Practice, found that long-term opioid prescribing…
A health campaign is being launched urging parents to treat their local pharmacist as their first port of call for minor illnesses in their children, instead of visiting their GP or A&E. NHS England said there are 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions…
Hundreds of patients who called NHS 111 over winter have been seen by pharmacists, new figures show. Since December more than 1,200 patients who called the urgent care phone line with less serious illnesses or injuries were sent to see pharmacists instead of seeing GPs or being sent to A&E.…
Longer GP appointments and continuity of care could play a key role in the prevention and early detection of cancer, according to the organisation representing family doctors. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said 10 minute consultations are often “unfit for purpose”. The RCGP was one of a number…
Hospitals should sell e-cigarettes to patients and switch smoking shelters to vaping lounges, health officials have said. Patients should be allowed to vape in private rooms and purchase e-cigarette devices in hospital shops, Public Health England (PHE) said. Meanwhile, Government officials should help manufacturers licence e-cigarettes as medical quitting aids.…
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