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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told MPs that officials are working to identify women living in Scotland that may be affected by a major breast cancer screening error. A "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 has meant hundreds of thousands of women aged 68 to 71 were not invited…
Charities and leading doctors have reacted with dismay to the "concerning" news that a technical blunder meant nearly half a million women were not invited to their final breast cancer screening. Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs that a "serious failure" in the screening programme meant an…
A breast cancer screening error affecting 450,000 women may have led to hundreds of lives being cut short, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed. Mr Hunt told the Commons that a "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 had meant many women aged 68 to 71 were not invited to…
Ninety percent of councils have cut funding to weight management, sexual health and addiction services in a bid to save cash, according to new research. Some areas are scrapping the services altogether, a survey of 80 councils found, leaving GPs to try to cover the gaps. Doctors have warned that…
NHS England is to pay damages to a GP whose privacy it breached by telling the BBC that she was under investigation. Its "wrongful and unlawful" statements had caused enormous distress and upset to Dr Rina Miah, who ran the Harbottle Surgery in Northumberland - the UK's most isolated rural…
Fewer Scots are happy with the care they get from their family doctor, a major new survey suggests. More than 130,000 people were questioned as part of the Health and Care Experience Survey – with just over four fifths (83%) of those who took part rating their GP practice “positively”.…
A highly resistant strain of gonorrhoea contracted by a UK man has been successfully treated, but officials have warned similar cases are expected. The patient had a regular female partner in the UK but picked up the infection after a sexual encounter with a women in south-east Asia, Public Health…
A self-injected smart drug holds out new hope for migraine sufferers who until now have had to grit their teeth and bear the pain of thunderclap headaches. Trial results show that the antibody drug erenumab can cut episodic migraine attacks by more than half in a large proportion of cases.…
Physical assaults on health workers including nurses and ambulance crews have increased as staff shortages create a "hostile" environment, a new study shows. Research for Unison revealed a near-10% rise in England last year, with a "staggering" 21% increase in hospitals with an A&E department. There were 56,435 assaults in…
GPs should write "recommendation prescriptions" for patients who can self-care for minor ailments, according to a group of medicine manufacturers. Such prescriptions would let GPs recommend over-the-counter medicines or give tips for self-care, said the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB). The trade body represents manufacturers of branded over-the-counter medicines,…
Patients visiting an NHS hospital can opt to pay for a private GP service operating within its pharmacy. The pharmacy in Sheppey Community Hospital in Kent is offering the MedicSpot service, which sees remote GPs perform clinical examinations on patients via video link. Patients can book the £39 consultations online,…
New "one-stop shops" to speed up cancer diagnosis are being trialled across the country for the first time. GPs can refer patients suffering from "vague" symptoms including unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain and fatigue to assessment centres, to undergo multiple tests for different cancers. The initiative aims to ensure a…