Migrant rules ‘leaving NHS short of doctors’

Image copyright PA Immigration rules are hampering the ability of the NHS to recruit doctors, health leaders are warning. The number of skilled non-EU workers granted UK visas is capped – with the Home Office arguing the restriction is in “the national interest”. But NHS bosses say increasing numbers of doctors are being refused permission, […]

Leaky roofs, pest control ‘risking NHS patient safety’ – Labour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There were more than 3,500 issues relating to leaking roofs Some NHS trusts in England are experiencing leaking roofs and problems with broken or blocked sewage pipes hundreds of times a year, according to figures released by the Labour Party. One trust called in pest control more than 700 […]

NHS needs ‘£50bn extra by 2030’

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS needs £50bn more by 2030 in England, a former health minister and leading surgeon says. The prediction, by Labour’s Lord Darzi, comes after Prime Minister Theresa May said the government planned to devise a long-term funding plan for the health service. There is speculation this will be unveiled during […]

Dementia risk linked to some medicines

Media caption‘Don’t panic’ over dementia link, says expert A study links the long-term use of some drugs with a higher risk of dementia. In England, 1.5 to two million people are likely to be taking anticholinergics for depression, Parkinson’s and bladder problems. University of East Anglia researchers found more cases of dementia in patients prescribed […]

Primary school mental health counselling may help economy, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Mental health counselling for primary school pupils who need it could provide long-term benefits for the economy, a study by a charity has suggested. Pro Bono Economics estimates that every £1 spent on one-to-one counselling could return society £6.20 in improving future job prospects and cutting crime. More than a third […]

Doctors’ warning over pressures on children’s wards

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Paediatricians are warning that children’s services are under strain Doctors are warning that key standards in children’s services are not being met due to staffing pressures. A survey by the professional body for paediatricians found most wards could not guarantee a consultant was present, even at busy times. It […]

Dumfries Infirmary renal cancer diagnosis delay apology ordered

Image copyright NHS Dumfries and Galloway Image caption The investigation concluded the delay in diagnosis was “unacceptable” A health board has been ordered to apologise for the delay in diagnosing and treating a man with renal cancer. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld the complaints about the case at Dumfries Infirmary. It found the delay […]

New prostate therapy recommended on NHS

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A new treatment for non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, a very common condition in older men, has been recommended for use by the NHS. It’s called prostate artery embolisation. And it blocks some of the blood supply to the prostate using tiny synthetic beads, causing the troublesome tissue to shrink […]

Alfie Evans parents to appeal against Italy travel ban ruling

Image copyright Kate James Image caption Alfie Evans was taken off life support on Monday evening The parents of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans will challenge a High Court ruling preventing them from taking him to Italy for further treatment. The family’s lawyers told the BBC that a hearing has been scheduled at the Court […]

Where are you on the UK fat scale?

The majority of adults in the UK are overweight or obese according to national health surveys, yet research suggests we are a country in denial about our weight. Use this calculator to find out your own body mass index (BMI) and see how you compare with the rest of the nation. You will also get […]

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