Norwich hospital begging to patients for donations, MP says

Norwich hospital begging to patients for donations, MP says

Image caption MP Clive Lewis fears a “begging bowl” letter for hospital funds could become a “demand” An MP has accused a hospital of using a “begging bowl” in an appeal to patients for medical equipment fund donations. Clive Lewis said a plea in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital patients’ appointment letters was an “ask” […]

NHS Budget plan not enough, say bosses

NHS Budget plan not enough, say bosses

Media captionNHS services in England will get an extra £2.8bn, the chancellor says in his Budget speech The extra money announced by the chancellor in the Budget for the NHS in England is not enough, health service bosses say. Philip Hammond announced an immediate £350m boost for this winter followed by £1.6bn more next year […]

Choice of tipple ‘determines different moods’

Choice of tipple ‘determines different moods’

Media captionDo you know how alcohol changes your mood? Different types of alcoholic drink change and shape your mood in different ways, says a study into drinking and emotions. Spirits may make you feel angry, sexy or tearful, while red wine or beer may make you feel relaxed, say researchers. They questioned nearly 30,000 people […]

NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

Media captionDr Mark Vanderpump told the BBC patients were seeing liothyronine sold for £5 in other European cities Drug company Concordia overcharged the NHS by millions for a key thyroid treatment, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found. The CMA said that last year the NHS spent £34m on its drug, liothyronine, up from […]

Tampon tax: How much have you spent?

Find out how much you’ve spent on the so-called tampon tax – the VAT on sanitary products. Tampons and towels are currently taxed at 5% in the UK. But they have been subject to five different rates since 1973. So how much you’ve spent depends on how old you are and when you started your […]

Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May

Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May

Image copyright PA Image caption The policy is largely aimed at cheap, high-strength alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences Scotland will introduce minimum pricing for alcohol on 1 May next year, the Scottish government has announced. The move will raise the cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol by setting a minimum price per unit. Health Secretary […]

Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, including anal sex, with opposite sex partners, research reveals. Experts looked at responses to a national sex survey that has been carried out every 10 years since 1990 in the UK. More than one in 10 millennial teenagers said […]

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Media captionA woman from West Yorkshire has taken part in the study about maternal sleeping positions. Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth. A study of just over 1,000 women found the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs […]

Breast cancer tumours ‘larger’ in overweight women

Breast cancer tumours ‘larger’ in overweight women

Image copyright Getty Images Cancerous breast lumps are less likely to be detected in overweight or obese women before the tumour becomes large, a Swedish study has found. These women may need more frequent mammograms to help spot early tumours, say researchers, but experts say more evidence is needed. In the UK, women aged 50-70 […]

South West Ambulance staff call for trust boss to resign

South West Ambulance staff call for trust boss to resign

Image caption An open letter calls for chief executive of the South West Ambulance Service to resign Ambulance staff have called for their boss to quit as they “struggle to maintain a crumbling service”. GMB union members from South West Ambulance Service (SWASFT) have written a letter “apologising” to the public for “potentially putting them […]

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