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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.

One-fifth of GP appointments in Scotland are ‘no-shows’
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One-fifth of GP appointments in Scotland are ‘no-shows’

Up to one-in-five patients regularly miss GP appointments in Scotland, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health.

Add folic acid to flour, urge health ministers
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Add folic acid to flour, urge health ministers

Scottish and Welsh health ministers are urging Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to ensure all UK suppliers of flour fortify the product with folic acid.

Scarves protect against asthma attacks, charity says
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Scarves protect against asthma attacks, charity says

Asthma UK is encouraging people with asthma to wear a scarf this winter to protect against life-threatening asthma attacks.

‘Dangerous’ diet pills bypassing health system
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‘Dangerous’ diet pills bypassing health system

Dieters are purchasing potentially ‘dangerous’ slimming pills online that bypass checks by regulatory authorities, a new survey reveals.

MHRA: sildenafil reclassified from POM to P
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MHRA: sildenafil reclassified from POM to P

The UK Medicines and Health Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has reclassified the erectile dysfunction medication sildenafil, making it available over-the-counter.

NHS ‘must do better’ to prevent baby deaths
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NHS ‘must do better’ to prevent baby deaths

NHS England ‘must do better’ to improve maternity care and prevent baby deaths and new-born injuries, says Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

NHS England: give children flu vaccine before Christmas
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NHS England: give children flu vaccine before Christmas

NHS England is asking parents to vaccinate their children against flu before the Christmas period to reduce the spread of infection to older relatives.