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General practice is not to blame for ED crisis

A study, by Queen Mary University of London, refutes the suggestion that poorly functioning GP services are to blame for emergency department pressures.

CQC suspends routine inspections in response to winter pressures
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CQC suspends routine inspections in response to winter pressures

Care Quality Commission inspections arising from quality or safety concerns will go ahead as planned.

NHS to save £136m by ‘curbing’ prescription costs
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NHS to save £136m by ‘curbing’ prescription costs

NHS England has proposed plans to stop prescriptions for some over-the-counter products, in an effort to free up £136 million for other treatment areas.

Adopt new clinical assessment system, urges NHS
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Adopt new clinical assessment system, urges NHS

NHS England is calling on all hospitals to adopt the ‘National Early Warning Score’ (NEWS) system for identifying acutely ill patients.

GMC: medical profession at breaking point
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GMC: medical profession at breaking point

The UK’s medical workforce is at its ‘crunch point’, with the number of practising doctors unable to meet growing health-care demands, says the General Medical Council (GMC).

NHS to track winter illness patterns
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NHS to track winter illness patterns

A ‘sickness surveillance system’ will be employed by NHS England to predict health care demands this winter.

GMC to cut registration fees for doctors
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GMC to cut registration fees for doctors

Registration-fee cuts for newly qualified doctors could result in savings of more than £1,000, the General Medical Council (GMC) has announced.

RCGP welcomes ‘future-proof’ plans for GP training
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RCGP welcomes ‘future-proof’ plans for GP training

Publication of a ‘future-proof’ workforce strategy to boost training and retention within the NHS has been welcomed by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).

‘Heat-not-burn’ cigarettes detrimental to health
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‘Heat-not-burn’ cigarettes detrimental to health

‘Heat-not-burn’ (HNB) tobacco products are harmful to health, but are still less detrimental than conventional cigarettes, says the government.

NHS England: extended GP hours in London
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NHS England: extended GP hours in London

Patients in London will see extended GP hours, with appointments becoming available on evenings, weekends and bank holidays, NHS England has announced.

Health boss resigns over poor NHS funding
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Health boss resigns over poor NHS funding

Lord Robert Kerslake, Chair of King’s College Hospital NHS Trust, has resigned in protest of underfunding and ‘unrealistic’ savings targets within the health service.

Wales to invest extra £68m in primary care
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Wales to invest extra £68m in primary care

The Welsh government is to invest £68 million in 19 new primary care centres across the country.

Obesity rates rise as adolescence approaches
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Obesity rates rise as adolescence approaches

UK obesity rates increase dramatically between the ages of 7 and 11, according to new study.

HEE launches ‘Cancer Workforce Plan for England’
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HEE launches ‘Cancer Workforce Plan for England’

Health Education England (HEE) has launched a new cancer workforce strategy outlining plans to improve cancer care and staff numbers.