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£2bn for social care ‘not solution to the crisis’
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£2bn for social care ‘not solution to the crisis’

Council leaders are calling for ‘full flexibility’ in how to allocate the extra £2 billion for social care, ahead of Government guidance on how it should be spent.

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Less than half of women breastfeed after 2 months
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Less than half of women breastfeed after 2 months

New data from Public Health England are revealed as experts endorse the launch of the BreastFeeding Friend (BFF) ChatBot to provide support for breastfeeding women.

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RCGP: Millions should be reassured by pill study
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RCGP: Millions should be reassured by pill study

The RCGP has praised research from the University of Aberdeen, which showed that oral contraceptives do not increase long-term cancer harms and may even decrease risk.

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Alzheimer’s test needs more research, says charity
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Alzheimer’s test needs more research, says charity

According to a new study, a risk score derived from data on over 30 gene markers can estimate the chance of a person developing Alzheimer’s disease at a given age.

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Cut to pharmacies’ subsidy faces High Court challenge
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Cut to pharmacies’ subsidy faces High Court challenge

MPs gather to challenge Government cuts to pharmacies subsidy as a new study finds many patients are having to travel several miles to collect medicines due to the cuts.

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Baby teeth removals rise by a quarter
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Baby teeth removals rise by a quarter

The number of tooth extractions being carried out on children under four years old has risen by 24% in the last 10 years, according to NHS data.

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NHS whistleblowers to receive more protection
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NHS whistleblowers to receive more protection

NHS whistleblowers will be eligible for compensation if they are blocked from other NHS jobs to protect against discrimination, in plans announced on Monday.

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Care firms end council contracts due to lack of funds
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Care firms end council contracts due to lack of funds

More than 90 UK councils have seen their care contracts cancelled because care firms are unable to deliver services for the money available, says the BBC.

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GP practices to merge into 1,500 ‘super-hubs’
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GP practices to merge into 1,500 ‘super-hubs’

Government plans to move general practice towards ‘super practices’ providing care at scale threaten closure for thousands of GP practices across England.

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RCP report highlights concerns over patient safety
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RCP report highlights concerns over patient safety

Increasing pressures on the NHS have raised doctors’ concerns over the ability of the service to deliver safe patient care in the next 12 months, a report reveals.

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GP indemnity scheme extended by NHS England
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GP indemnity scheme extended by NHS England

NHS England has revealed plans to extend the 2016 Winter Indemnity Scheme to April 2017, to allow those working extra shifts to do so without burden of indemnity costs.

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NHS able to delay rollout of expensive drugs under new rules
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NHS able to delay rollout of expensive drugs under new rules

New rules will allow NHS England to delay the rollout of expensive treatments even after approval by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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Study finds children less active from age 7
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Study finds children less active from age 7

A major study has found that activity levels drop in children at the age of 7, with experts warning of the impact of ‘digital dependency’ and a sedentary lifestyle.

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Heart attack fears lead to call for ibuprofen restrictions
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Heart attack fears lead to call for ibuprofen restrictions

Researchers have called for restrictions on sales of ibuprofen after a study found an increased cardiac arrest risk in people taking the drug.

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