NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

Image copyright Getty Images A 24-hour service has been launched for NHS patients, offering GP consultations via videolink on smartphones. The pilot scheme will initially cover 3.5 million patients in greater London. Patients will be able to check their symptoms through the mobile app and then have video consultations within two hours of booking. The […]

‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’

‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’

Media caption“I cried myself to sleep every night,” says Callum “It felt like no-one was there for me and no-one cared – I was crying myself to sleep every night.” This is what life was like for Callum after he was taken into care aged 13 in 2008, following the death of his father and […]

Wrexham woman’s 999 call classed in ‘wrong category’

Wrexham woman’s 999 call classed in ‘wrong category’

A 49-year-old woman who died after waiting nearly an hour for an ambulance should have had her case classed more urgently, an inquest has heard. Trudy Jones’s husband Ronald dialled 999 on 2 January 2016 because his wife was unwell and had difficulty breathing at their Wrexham home. The Ruthin inquest heard Mr Jones made […]

Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk. That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations. New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to […]

Psychiatrist vacancies ‘double in four years’ in England

Psychiatrist vacancies ‘double in four years’ in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mental health is becoming more of a priority on the health agenda One in 10 consultant psychiatrist roles is currently unfilled in NHS organisations in England, says a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It says the number of unfilled posts has doubled in the past four years. […]

Contaminated blood scandal to have ‘full statutory inquiry’

Contaminated blood scandal to have ‘full statutory inquiry’

Image copyright marc marnie Image caption Blood products called Factor 8 were given to people with haemophilia to treat their symptoms A “full statutory inquiry” will be carried out into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the government has announced. The decision was made after victims and families expressed strong […]

Directors at ‘unsafe’ mental health trust got pay rise

Directors at ‘unsafe’ mental health trust got pay rise

Image caption The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich Four directors at an “unsafe” mental health trust received £10k pay rises, despite failing to improve standards. As reported in the EADT, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) boosted pay to £108,000 after it came out of special […]

Gut bacteria ‘boost’ cancer therapy

Gut bacteria ‘boost’ cancer therapy

Image copyright Getty Images Bacteria living in the murky depths of the digestive system seem to influence whether tumours shrink during cancer therapy, say French and US researchers. They tested the microbiome – the collection of microscopic species that live in us – in cancer patients. Two studies, in the journal Science, linked specific species […]

Children at risk from ADHD diagnosis delays, experts warn

Children at risk from ADHD diagnosis delays, experts warn

Image copyright Supplied Image caption Jane Dowson and her daughter Charlotte, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Slow, complicated delays in diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are putting UK children at risk, a report has found. According to those surveyed, nearly a third of children waited two or more years to be diagnosed with ADHD. […]

Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’

Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’

Image copyright Getty Images Care providers have dismissed a government scheme to tackle a problem over back pay for overnight shift staff, as a “suicide note”. The charity Mencap said the government was sacrificing the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society and putting the jobs of low-paid staff at risk. Ministers said the scheme […]

1 59 60 61 62 63 104