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Fewer than half of adults are taking advantage of a free NHS midlife MoT, a charity has found. Only 44% of adults eligible for an NHS Health Check in the last five years has had one, according to analysis by Diabetes UK. The five-yearly check-up is offered to adults in…
Each year around 800,000 people across the world take their own lives, leading to a huge impact on family, the community and health professionals. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify those at risk of suicide. A large number of variables and complex interactions mean only a trained clinician can…
Sexual health chiefs from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) are urging people to play safe after a fivefold rise in diagnosed cases of syphilis across South West Wales. The proliferation of online dating sites and apps is believed to be one of the main reasons for the increase.…
Health workers should help people with sexually transmitted infections notify their partners about their condition, according to new official guidance. Helping people diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STI) inform their partners may stem the spread of infection, according to a new draft quality standard by the National Institute for Health…
People at a higher risk during the flu season should be able to get their flu jab in the evenings and at weekends to encourage uptake of the vaccine, new guidance suggests. Suggestions on how to help increase vaccination rates includes those who offer free NHS flu jabs - such…
Hospitals face running out of drugs in a chaotic no-deal Brexit, the group that represents NHS hospital and ambulance service has privately warned. Poor co-ordination by ministers and health service bosses means there has been a failure to prepare for the UK to be left without a Brexit deal, a…
The majority of hospitals across England have stopped receiving paper referrals for patients in need of outpatient appointments, new data shows. NHS Digital said that 88% of trusts are receiving referrals for first outpatient appointments through the NHS e-Referral Service. The NHS in England has been challenged to switch to…
A GP who secretly took thousands of videos and images of female patients during appointments was told he had breached their trust as he was jailed for 14 months. One victim claimed that Dr Thair Altaii "will never know the true damage that he has caused to my life", while…
An innovative idea to treat people earlier for illnesses like flu and chest infections has led to patients in one area avoiding 17,000 nights in hospital and the NHS saving £7 million to be reinvested back into patient care. The iCares system in Sandwell in the West Midlands flags people…
The UK Government’s “shambolic Brexit” poses a threat to the future of the NHS in Scotland, the SNP has said. MP Dr Philippa Whitford said a “power grab” over public procurement could lead to more privatisation in the NHS. The SNP’s Westminster health spokesperson claimed that Holyrood would lose control…
Black people have higher rates of dementia diagnosis compared to other ethnic groups, a new study suggests. But people from Asian backgrounds are the least likely to be diagnosed with the condition, compared to patients who are black or white. Researchers from University College London (UCL) and King's College London…
Virgin has been awarded almost £2 billion worth of NHS contracts over the past five years, according to new analysis. The Guardian reported that the company and its subsidiaries hold at least 400 contracts across the public sector - from healthcare in prisons to school immunisation programmes. According to the…
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