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NHS Budget increase of £1.6bn ‘disappointing’
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NHS Budget increase of £1.6bn ‘disappointing’

The decision to provide an extra £1.6 billion for NHS England has been described as ‘disappointing’ compared with the £4 billion recommended by health bosses.

GP numbers in England continue to fall
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GP numbers in England continue to fall

The number of full-time GPs in England has dropped by 1,193 over the last year, despite plans to recruit 5,000 more by 2020.

Vitamin D for the prevention of RA
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Vitamin D for the prevention of RA

Maintaining adequate vitamin D levels may help to prevent rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study.

Government to discuss ‘sustainable settlement’ for NHS
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Government to discuss ‘sustainable settlement’ for NHS

The government has called for a cross-party convention to discuss the sustainability of the NHS and social care in England.

NHS winter crisis set to be worse than predicted
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NHS winter crisis set to be worse than predicted

England is predicted to face an ‘extremely challenging’ winter as hospitals struggle to meet performance targets.

NICE approves ‘breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs
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NICE approves ‘breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved palbociclib and ribociclib for use in breast cancer, making them available on the NHS.

Scotland steps up fight against alcohol abuse
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Scotland steps up fight against alcohol abuse

The UK Supreme Court will allow Scotland to set minimum prices for alcohol in its effort to reduce the amount consumed by problem drinkers.

One-in-five EEA doctors plan to leave UK
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One-in-five EEA doctors plan to leave UK

Nearly one-fifth of the NHS’s European Economic Area (EEA) doctors have made plans to leave the UK, a survey reveals.

Scotland to tackle GP workforce deficit
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Scotland to tackle GP workforce deficit

The Scottish government has proposed a new contract to reduce GP workload and increase recruitment within the sector.

HPV vaccine could mean only 3 smear tests in lifetime
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HPV vaccine could mean only 3 smear tests in lifetime

Women who have been vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV) may only require three cervical screenings over their lifetime, a new study suggests.

NHS chief calls for £30bn to avoid waiting list crisis
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NHS chief calls for £30bn to avoid waiting list crisis

NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, has called for annual spending to be increased by £20–30 billion to prevent surgical waiting lists soaring to 5 million people.

PHE urge women to attend ‘life-saving’ cervical screening
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PHE urge women to attend ‘life-saving’ cervical screening

Public Health England (PHE) is calling for women to attend cervical screening after latest figures reveal a fall in numbers attending.

NHS workforce on the ‘edge of safety’
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NHS workforce on the ‘edge of safety’

NHS England’s staff are working on the brink of safety, as growing patient numbers outweigh staff employment rates.

NHS launches app offering 24-hour GP consultations
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NHS launches app offering 24-hour GP consultations

The NHS has launched the ‘GP at Hand’ smartphone application, which will enable patients to video-call a GP at any time of day.