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GPs told to ration stop smoking services
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GPs told to ration stop smoking services

Cash-strapped councils in England have been instructing GPs to stop providing services to help people quit smoking.

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NHS at ‘breaking point’, warns BMA
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NHS at ‘breaking point’, warns BMA

The decline in hospital bed numbers has pushed the NHS to ‘breaking point’, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.

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Ten million GP appointments wasted each year
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Ten million GP appointments wasted each year

Patients who do not attend (DNAs) GP appointments cause 10 million lost appointments each year, GP leaders say.

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Researchers blame health care cuts for mortality rise
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Researchers blame health care cuts for mortality rise

A large increase in mortality in England and Wales in 2015 is probably explained by a failure of the health and social care system, researchers say.

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Thousands of new mothers have no access to midwives
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Thousands of new mothers have no access to midwives

Midwife shortages are placing additional strain on family doctors, emergency departments and walk-in centres, according to a new study.

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Researchers call for vitamin D food fortification
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Researchers call for vitamin D food fortification

Vitamin D supplementation could prevent more than 3 million cases of acute respiratory tract infection (RTI) a year, according to new research.

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NHS England urged to reject STPs
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NHS England urged to reject STPs

NHS England has been urged to reject a ‘significant’ number of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) due to their inadequate focus on general practice.

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Data-sharing bill would ‘undermine patient confidentiality’
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Data-sharing bill would ‘undermine patient confidentiality’

Patient confidentiality is under threat from a new data-sharing bill being pushed through Parliament, the BMA and GMC have warned.

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GPs unaware of drug’s cancer-preventing potential, study shows
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GPs unaware of drug’s cancer-preventing potential, study shows

Half of GPs are unaware that the drug tamoxifen can be used to prevent breast cancer, according to new research.

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NHS funding ‘nowhere near’ required £9.5bn, says BMA
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NHS funding ‘nowhere near’ required £9.5bn, says BMA

The NHS does not have the £9.5 billion in capital funding needed for its plans to transform and integrate health and social care, an investigation by the BMA has revealed.

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High stress and burn out among young hospital doctors
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High stress and burn out among young hospital doctors

Close to two-thirds of young hospital doctors say they are under intolerable strain that is damaging their physical or mental health, according to a new survey.

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Bed shortages lead to ‘shocking waste’ of surgeons’ time
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Bed shortages lead to ‘shocking waste’ of surgeons’ time

Bed shortages are delaying operations and leading to a ‘shocking waste’ of surgeons’ time, warn health groups.

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Hunt brands NHS problems ‘unacceptable’
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Hunt brands NHS problems ‘unacceptable’

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said there was ‘no excuse’ for many of the problems uncovered within the NHS.

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Experts warn of possible post-Brexit drug delays
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Experts warn of possible post-Brexit drug delays

Access to new drugs could be delayed following Brexit if the UK withdraws from the EU’s medicines regulator.

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