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Four in every five women have experienced a reproductive health issue in the last year, a new poll has found. A survey of more than 7,300 women from England found that 80% had experienced "unwanted reproductive health symptoms" in the last 12 months such as heavy menstrual bleeding, severe menopausal…
A grandfather died days after inadvertently being given two rounds of his prescription medication by Boots, an inquest has heard. Richard Anthony Lee is believed to have taken twice as much medication as he should have when he was found lying lifelessly on his bedroom floor on December 15 2016,…
Hearing aids provided by the NHS should not be restricted based on "hearing thresholds", health officials have said. New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) states that patients should be offered hearing aids at the "the first opportunity if an individual is likely to benefit".…
A "senseless" benefits test is costing the NHS almost £8 million a year as a result of extra GP appointments or attendance at A&E, a charity has claimed. The MS Society, which supports people with multiple sclerosis, hit out at a rule which can stop people able to walk more…
The NHS has unveiled plans to cut unnecessarily long hospital stays, freeing up thousands of beds ahead of next winter. Around 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in hospital every year but many are well enough to be discharged, NHS England said. Health bosses will aim to reduce this…
The international expert who authored a report to transform Northern Ireland's health care system has said he is not concerned about the lack of devolved government to drive it. Almost two years ago, Professor Rafael Bengoa made a number of radical recommendations to make the health and social care system…
Immigration rules preventing overseas doctors being recruited by the NHS have been branded "ludicrous and shameful" in the Lords. Former Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman warned patient care was being "compromised" by a shortage of doctors while recruits were being refused visas to enter the UK. For the Government, the Earl…
A new saliva test that can identify men at high risk of prostate cancer is undergoing pilot trials at GP practices in London. Scientists will assess whether advice or preventative treatment can reduce cases of the disease among those men who are singled out. The groundbreaking study follows research linking…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is promising more support for doctors and nurses who make "honest mistakes" while treating patients so they can learn from their errors without fear of prosecution. Mr Hunt has accepted the main findings of a review into the use of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare amid…
The NHS was burdened with an £315 million increase in drugs spending because of unexpected price hikes that included a mental health medicine leaping by more than 70 times, a report has found. Concessionary prices, the spending on drugs above expected prices, on generic drugs were seven times higher than…
Cases of syphilis in England are at their highest level for nearly 70 years, new figures show. A total of 7,137 new diagnoses of syphilis were made in 2017, a jump of 20% on the previous year, and more than double the number recorded in 2012. It is the largest…
A new kind of prescription is being employed by one group of GP practices in Swansea and it's proving popular with local residents. The Cwmtawe cluster of GP surgeries is one of the first in Wales to have a social prescribing worker who can ‘prescribe’ social help as well as…
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