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A new blood test which scientists say is able to detect certain types of cancer several years before a person falls ill has been hailed as a breakthrough. A trial of around 1,600 people found the non-invasive procedure to identify DNA markers works with up to 90% accuracy, the authors…
An urgent appeal has been issued by the NHS for two regularly required blood types after an increase in demand and the bank holiday weekend has left a significant stock shortage. Levels of blood types O negative, the "universal" blood group often used in an emergency when a patient's blood…
More than a million GP patients have been forced to search for a new family doctor after their surgery closed or merged during the last five years, a new report suggests. There has been a rising number of patients displaced as GP practices have been forced to close their doors,…
GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly 17% said they had to turn down patients attempting to see a GP for a routine matter. Some GPs have…
Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
Statins are "safe and effective", one of the nation's top doctors has said, after new research shed light on why people are concerned about taking the drugs. Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said that patient concerns over statins are "understandable", but that research shows…
Promises to bring more patient care closer to home by prioritising NHS community services have fallen flat, a report has claimed. National strategies under successive governments have concluded that the NHS must do more to help people stay well in their own homes - avoiding the need for hospital treatment…
Diabetes patients have been advised to stop using and return specific lots of Accu-Chek Aviva and Accu-Chek Performa test strips due to concerns they may give falsely high or low readings. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said it is estimated that more than 260,000 packs have been…
The Department of Health has released details of a series of important initiatives being funded under the £100m Health and Social Care transformation fund in Northern Ireland. The planned package of investments for 2018/19 includes £15m for enhancing primary care – care which is largely provided from GP practices. This…
People are finding it harder to see their family doctor, a new study has found. Despite "relationship continuity" with a GP leading to better health outcomes, patients are finding it increasingly difficult to see their own GP compared with five years ago, experts have said. Continuity of care in GP…
Almost 14,000 calls have been received by a hotline established after the breast cancer screening scandal was revealed, amid Labour calls to run the phone line in-house. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was forced to defend the decision to use Serco to operate the hotline, with staff said to have received…
Women and their families caught up in the breast screening failure have demanded answers as to how hundreds of patients may have had their lives cut short. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched an independent review after he revealed a computer error dating back to 2009 meant many women aged…
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