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A "perfect storm" of stagnating wages and benefits cuts has led to the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in the England widening, according to new research.A new study, published on Thursday evening, also found that life expectancy for the country's poorest women has fallen by three…
More than 8,200 women in England and Wales could have survived their heart attacks had they simply been given the same quality of treatment as men, new research has found.Researchers at the University of Leeds said the actual number of lives lost to unequal care is likely to be much…
The UK will provide £50 million of aid funding to tackle the brutal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) across Africa.The package will help support a movement to end FGM and support vulnerable girls in some of the world's poorest countries.The money - which officials said was the biggest single…
An 84-year-old man who killed his dementia-suffering wife with an iron pole in an "act of mercy" has walked free from court.Lawrence Franks was unable to cope with the worsening condition of wife Patricia, 86, but did not want to go against her wishes of not being placed in a…
Only a "small fraction" of children who need mental health support were able to access services last year, the Children's Commissioner for England has said, as she called for every school to have an NHS counsellor available for pupils.A new report by the champion for young people has laid bare…
A terminally ill motor neurone disease sufferer who wants to die a "peaceful and dignified death" will go to the UK's highest court in a bid to change the law on assisted dying.Noel Conway (pictured) vowed to continue his legal fight after losing a Court of Appeal challenge in June…
Addressing childhood adversity and trauma should be a national public health priority, Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said action was needed because around half of adults in England had endured Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).He said ACEs include verbal and physical abuse, emotional neglect, household domestic violence and substance…
Fresh concerns about the roll-out of controversial Universal Credit (UC) welfare reforms have been voiced by MPs.The Commons Work and Pensions Committee said readiness tests must be set before the next pilot phase of the "managed migration" of transferring existing benefits claimants onto UC begins.The report said that "major areas…
Health teams working in the community are to get a multi-billion funding boost in a bid to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, the Prime Minister has announced.Theresa May pledged £3.5 billion a year in new real-terms funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/24 as part of the forthcoming NHS long-term…
Social care start-up Cera Care has announced plans to create 5,000 new care jobs nationwide as part of a £10 million investment. The start-up will invest in new technologies including predictive analytics as well as premium pay rates, in order to attract more people to the care profession. With plans…
The Duchess of York has launched a fundraising campaign for her charity Street Child, urging the public to donate to give a child an education.The Count Me In appeal will use the funds to buy school uniforms, train teachers and build classrooms for disadvantaged youngsters in 10 countries from Sierra…
Patient care in the NHS is suffering due to vacancies in the health service, nurses have said as they called for significant investment in student funding.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) called for at least £1 billion a year to be put into nursing education.A funding boost introduced as part…
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