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Doctors will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in the UK, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has decided to reschedule the products, relaxing the rules about the circumstances in which they can be given to patients, after considering expert advice from a specially…
Fears have been raised over a new GP app missing symptoms of deadly illnesses by a former GP turned senior Tory MP. New Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons one in four patients are now registered for online services to access a GP, including the popular Babylon app. But…
The hiring of a private company employed to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England "was a shambles", MPs have said. In a scathing report on NHS England's outsourcing of primary care support services to Capita, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that neither party understood the service…
Patients who smoke are being "discriminated against" with a 75% decline in stop smoking aids being prescribed by GPs and pharmacists in England, according to analysis by a charity. The British Lung Foundation claims Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are "prioritising saving money over saving lives and flouting the basic principles…
The number of patients waiting longer than six months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now exceeded 200,000, figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics for May reveal that 211,324 patients waited more than six months to start planned treatment. This is 48.4% higher than the same…
The health service in Northern Ireland is unique in the UK as the only region where it is not led by a minister. It generally faces the same challenges as in the rest of the UK, with an ageing population, increasingly complex care needs, staffing GP practices and increasing drug…
The NHS accidentally disclosed data on 150,000 patients who had objected to the sharing of their information, it has emerged. Data was shared for clinical audits and research on the patients who had opted out of any data information sharing other than for purposes of their care. In a written…
Nearly every GP surgery in England is short of a family doctor, a leading medic has warned. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said there is a "crisis" in the GP workforce. Many doctors are so overwhelmed with workload pressures that they feel they are "not providing a safe enough service", the chairwoman…
An app that will mark the "death knell" of the early morning scramble to secure a GP appointment is being launched, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Patients will be able to look at their records, order repeat prescriptions and access 111 online for urgent medical queries. The app will…
Breast reductions and operations to stop people snoring are among a list of treatments which could be cut back in plans to prevent more than 100,000 "unnecessary procedures" taking place annually. NHS England said an estimated £200 million could be saved every year by tightening criteria for treatments where "the…
Jeremy Corbyn will highlight the pressures facing GP practices and other NHS services on a visit to Scotland. The UK Labour leader will join Scottish party chief Richard Leonard for a rally in Livingston, West Lothian, in the run up to the 70th anniversary of the health service. Alongside Neil…
An NHS scheme to drive integration between health and social care has not delivered the transformation of services originally planned, an official report has found. Much of the funding intended for the "vanguard" programme was diverted to relieve short-term financial pressures in the health service, the National Audit Office (NAO)…
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