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A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
A family doctor has gone on trial accused of sexual offences against 20 women. Dr Manish Shah, 48, is accused of assaulting female patients at his surgery in Romford, Greater London. He is charged with 75 sexual offences against 20 complainants, who will give evidence during a four-month trial at…
More than one in 10 Scots report having two or more symptoms of depression, after a “steady and significant rise” in the number struggling with the condition. A total of 11% of those questioned for the 2017 Scottish Health Survey had at least two symptoms, compared to 8% in the…
An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study suggests. GPs should ask their patients about herbal and supplement usage to identify potential side effects, according to the authors of a small…
British citizens would get an "NHS health card" allowing them free medical treatment under a Ukip plan that would block foreign nationals from free care. Non-Britons would require private medical insurance unless a post-Brexit UK had done a reciprocal deal with their government, the right-wing party pledged in a new…
The lives of babies and children could be saved if parents are given consistent, explicit advice about recognising meningitis and septicaemia (otherwise known as sepsis) from health professionals, a charity has suggested. The Meningitis Research Foundation said most children with meningococcal meningitis or sepsis display only non-specific symptoms in the…
Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pictured) called on Ms Sturgeon to apologise for the rejected referrals during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood. In June, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman…
A crackdown on violence against emergency workers is set to be rubber-stamped. Criminals who attack victims including police, prison officers, fire service personnel and paramedics, will face longer jail terms under the strengthened regime. A new offence will double the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker from six to…
The removal of financial incentives for GPs has been linked with a decline in performance by a new study. Researchers said an "immediate" reduction recorded across 12 quality measures they studied may be partly accounted for by changes to doctors' methods of documentation. However, they said declines in measures involving…
Statins are not effective at reducing heart disease and stroke among certain groups of elderly people, a new study suggests. The findings "do not support the widespread use of statins in old and very old populations", the authors wrote. But the cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are widely prescribed across the globe,…
An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a charity has warned. Age UK said the safety net for older people living at home is failing…
Hospital doctors have been given new guidance on how to write letters that are easier for patients to understand. Outpatient clinicians have been advised to write most of their letters in a style that is direct to patients, rather than to their GPs. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issued…
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