NHS ‘no chance of training enough staff’

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS in England has no chance of training enough GPs and nurses to solve the shortages it faces, experts say. A report by three leading think tanks predicts that in the next five years nurse shortages will double and GP gaps nearly treble, without radical action. The Nuffield Trust, Health […]

Testosterone rules for female athletes ‘unscientific’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption South African athlete Caster Semenya has been prevented from competing for nearly a year New rules to reduce naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes have been branded “unscientific”. Last year, athletics chiefs ruled women with levels of five nanomoles per litre or more must have hormone treatment before […]

Instagram eating disorder content ‘out of control’

Media caption‘My anorexia really loved Instagram’ Content on Instagram that encourages eating disorders is “spiralling out of control”, psychiatrists have warned. A BBC investigation found children swapping graphic images of weight loss and advice on how to make their illnesses more extreme. Dr Jon Goldin, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said “vulnerable” people were […]

Unprecedented drug shortage linked to Brexit, NHS bosses say

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals across England are experiencing medicine shortages due to “stockpiling and price pressure as the Brexit deadline approaches”, NHS Providers has told BBC Newsnight. The trade association warned some trusts had seen shortages of up to 160 different drugs in the past six weeks. This was compared with just 25 to […]

Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People experiencing psychosis lose touch with reality and may hear voices, researchers said Smoking potent ‘skunk-like’ cannabis increases your risk of serious mental illness, say researchers. They estimate around one in 10 new cases of psychosis may be associated with strong cannabis, based on their study of European cities […]

Medicinal cannabis: ‘Patients still in limbo’

Image copyright Getty Images Most patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS will not be able to get it soon, despite recent changes in regulation that allow doctors to give it, a committee has heard. England’s Chief Medical Officer called for robust scientific trials to check safety. These trials can last years. Families with children […]

People don’t become ‘adults’ until their 30s, say scientists

Image copyright Getty Images Have you ever been told to “grow up” in your 20s or need an excuse as to why you still find cat videos on the internet really funny? Well now you might have an official reason as to why you’re not acting like a mature adult. People don’t become fully “adult” […]

Egg freezing: Behind the scenes of a fertility clinic

With more and more women around the world considering freezing their eggs, how does the process work? BBC Health reporter, Smitha Mundasad, has been behind the scenes of a fertility clinic to find out exactly how eggs are frozen, and has been speaking mum of two Ali about her own egg freezing journey. You can […]

Communication at infection outbreak hospital ‘not great’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Hospital infection rates are being investigated by a Holyrood committee Communication between infection control nurses and maintenance staff at a Glasgow hospital hit by a series of outbreaks was “not particularly great”, MSPs have been told. Holyrood’s health committee launched an inquiry in the wake of problems at […]

Cancer doctor shortage ‘puts care at risk’

Image copyright Ridofranz/Getty Images A shortage of cancer doctors will hamper the ability of the NHS to provide cutting-edge care, experts are warning. A Royal College of Radiologists census of 62 major UK cancer centres found more that 7.5% of consultant posts were vacant, with services maintained only by large amounts of overtime. It said […]

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