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Blood donation regulations relaxed for gay men and sex workers
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Blood donation regulations relaxed for gay men and sex workers

Restrictions on blood donation for gay men and sex workers are to be relaxed in England and Scotland due to improved accuracy of tests for blood-borne viruses.

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NHS England to cut out wasteful drug prescriptions
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NHS England to cut out wasteful drug prescriptions

NHS England has revealed new plans to scrap ineffective and over-priced drug prescriptions, freeing up money to invest in newer and more effective treatments.

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GMC: action plan for revalidation
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GMC: action plan for revalidation

The General Medical Council (GMC) has laid out its action plan for improving revalidation for doctors, patients and responsible officers.

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£325 million to ‘modernise and transform’ patient care
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£325 million to ‘modernise and transform’ patient care

The government has announced £325 million of investment to support Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) across England.

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Government publishes plan for ‘smokefree generation’
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Government publishes plan for ‘smokefree generation’

The government has set out an ambitious plan to cut smoking rates in England over the next five years.

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Declare Suicide Act illegal, high court told
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Declare Suicide Act illegal, high court told

The high court is being urged to legalize assisted dying by the lawyer representing terminally ill Noel Conway, a retired lecturer with motor neurone disease.

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Scottish government accused of “long-standing underfunding”
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Scottish government accused of “long-standing underfunding”

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scotland has warned the Scottish government that patients’ lives are at risk due to planned spending commitments.

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NHS cyber-security gets £21m boost
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NHS cyber-security gets £21m boost

The government has pledged £21m to strengthen cyber security across NHS sites, following major recent “WannaCry” ransomware attacks on health service systems.

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Councils plan £85m cuts to public health spending
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Councils plan £85m cuts to public health spending

New analysis from the King’s Fund* shows councils plan to cut budgets on a range of services including sexual health services, with cuts set to reach £85m.

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Pharma industry seeks court ruling on NICE drugs price cap
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Pharma industry seeks court ruling on NICE drugs price cap

British pharmaceutical companies are taking the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to court over the watchdog’s policy of capping funding at £20 million.

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Scottish NHS bonuses hit £43 million
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Scottish NHS bonuses hit £43 million

Scottish health boards paid consultants £43 million in bonuses in 2016-17, despite First Minister Nicola Sturgeon having promised to put a stop to the practice.

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Mental health services ‘overwhelmed’, NHS bosses say
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Mental health services ‘overwhelmed’, NHS bosses say

Mental health services in England are struggling to provide high-quality care amid rising demand and workforce shortages, new figures suggest.

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Tighter regulation needed for ‘stem cell tourism’, say experts
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Tighter regulation needed for ‘stem cell tourism’, say experts

A group of medical and legal experts from seven countries has called for stricter international rules on potentially risky stem cell therapies.

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BMJ investigation: NHS ‘postcode rationing’ on the rise
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BMJ investigation: NHS ‘postcode rationing’ on the rise

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are increasingly rationing treatments amid growing financial pressure, an investigation by the BMJ reveals.

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