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Poorer patients living in affluent areas are the most likely to miss GP appointments, a study suggests. Researchers who conducted an anonymous survey of more than 500,000 patients in Scotland found that nearly a fifth failed to keep an appointment on more than two occasions over a three year period.…
Paramedics could be granted the power to prescribe medication in a bid to cut down on thousands of unnecessary hospital visits and free up GPs, it is reported. Proposals were last mooted two years ago to give certain paramedics who have undergone advanced training the ability to prescribe independently. The…
The "under pressure" NHS in England has been given an additional £350 million to cope with pressures over the coming winter. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to plough money into the service as it enters the difficult winter months. Mr Hammond acknowledged that the service is "under pressure" as he…
The boss of a nursing body has called on the Government to address a perceived lack of NHS care for homeless people ahead of the winter. Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said many people without a fixed address fail to register with a GP surgery,…
People are being urged not to ask their doctor for antibiotics as part of a new campaign aimed at tackling growing resistance to the drugs. An estimated 5,000 people die every year in England due to the fact antibiotics no longer work for some infections, according to Public Health England…
There has been a "rapid" rise in teenage girls self-harming in recent years, experts have found. Between 2011 and 2014 reports of self-harm among British girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68%, according to new research. Experts from the University of Manchester gathered data from 674 general practices…
England's chief medical officer has warned of a "post-antibiotic apocalypse" as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell "the end of modern medicine". Without the drugs…
GPs need more time to care for the nation's million older people who are chronically lonely, a leading doctor has said. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, likened loneliness and social isolation to suffering a long-term physical condition. She will tell the Royal College's annual conference…
An initiative to train GP receptionists in directing patients to different services if they do not require an appointment with a doctor has been trialled in parts of England. Some reception and clerical staff have been given enhanced roles as "care navigators" to help patients see the right person the…
Patient care in the NHS could suffer because of a workforce "crisis" among doctors, leading medics have warned. Fewer people are choosing to enter medicine or remain in the NHS as doctors, the British Medical Association (BMA) said. A new BMA report into pre-and post-graduate recruitment of doctors has highlighted…
The NHS will pay agencies up to £100 million to recruit GPs from abroad in a bid to increase staffing numbers. International recruitment is hoped to begin in the autumn, a contract notice posted by NHS England said, with between 2-3,000 doctors anticipated to come from overseas. It comes as…
Doctors have warned that plans for "brutal " NHS cuts are shrouded in secrecy and will cause uproar once revealed. The British Medical Association (BMA) says health service leaders have refused to publish details of the proposals that could extend waiting times, reduce access to services, cut down on prescriptions…
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