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Think-tank calls for rethink over obesity impact
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Think-tank calls for rethink over obesity impact

The impact of obese and overweight patients on the NHS is ‘overblown’, the Institute of Economic Affairs has suggested.

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E-cigarettes cause teen nicotine addiction, says study
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E-cigarettes cause teen nicotine addiction, says study

A study by the University of California has warned that e-cigarettes are getting teenagers who don’t usually smoke hooked on nicotine.

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‘Biggest leap forward’ in prostate cancer diagnosis
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‘Biggest leap forward’ in prostate cancer diagnosis

Men with suspected prostate cancer could soon be advised to have an MRI scan instead of a biopsy to identify aggressive tumours.

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Unfilled nurse shifts compromising patient safety
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Unfilled nurse shifts compromising patient safety

Patient safety may be at risk from nurse shortages in hospitals across England, according to an analysis by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

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Yorkshire CCGs place ban on expensive treatments
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Yorkshire CCGs place ban on expensive treatments

General practitioners working in two Yorkshire CCGs have been banned from routinely prescribing some treatments in a bid to save money.

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Vaccines fast-tracked to prevent global epidemics
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Vaccines fast-tracked to prevent global epidemics

A coalition of governments and charities has pledged almost $500 million to develop three vaccines for viruses thought to be possible global epidemic risks.

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Forecasts suggest NHS will need extra £88bn by 2067
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Forecasts suggest NHS will need extra £88bn by 2067

A report from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) says the NHS budget must increase 2% each year for 50 years to be sustainable, an increase of £88 billion.

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Addenbrooke’s hospital comes out of special measures
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Addenbrooke’s hospital comes out of special measures

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has changed the rating of Addenbrooke’s hospital from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’, bringing it out of special measures.

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BMA accuses PM of ‘scapegoating’ GPs for NHS crisis
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BMA accuses PM of ‘scapegoating’ GPs for NHS crisis

In a letter to Theresa May, BMA leader Mark Porter has accused the government of ‘seeking deliberately to distract from what is really happening in the NHS’.

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Half of women face red flag event during childbirth
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Half of women face red flag event during childbirth

According to a new survey from the National Childbirth Trust and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, red flag events are commonplace on labour wards.

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BMA: Referral schemes ‘incredibly short-sighted’
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BMA: Referral schemes ‘incredibly short-sighted’

Doctors’ leaders have warned that bureaucracy arising from CCG-led referral schemes can penalize patients and cause unacceptable delays in treatment.

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NHS watchdog ‘lacking in compassion’, say patients
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NHS watchdog ‘lacking in compassion’, say patients

A new report from the Patients Association has highlighted the poor-quality service provided by the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO).

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Review raises concerns over locum doctors
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Review raises concerns over locum doctors

An investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC) has found many locum doctors working in the NHS are not having their performance properly measured.

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Hospitals braced for cold weather ‘spike’
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Hospitals braced for cold weather ‘spike’

Hospitals across the UK are bracing themselves for an increase in demand as freezing weather coincides with the busiest three-week period of the year.

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