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NI GPs resignation from NHS 'inevitable'

Northern Ireland’s GPs will likely vote to leave the NHS if a snap election is called, says the chairman of the NI General Practitioners’ Committee. In December, hundreds of doctors signed undated resignation letters because of funding concerns and workforce … Continue reading

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Breast cancer patients' distress at withdrawal of Kadcyla

Terminal breast cancer patients told by medical staff a life-extending drug would be available to them look set to have access to the drug withdrawn. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is reviewing all drugs made available … Continue reading

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Referral centres cause 'dangerous' NHS delays, BMA warns

NHS patients face “dangerous” treatment delays due to a 10-fold increase in “crude, expensive” referral management centres, doctors have warned. The centres, sometimes run by private firms, vet GP referrals and decide if patients should receive hospital care. The British … Continue reading

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MS patient's family plea for rethink on right to die

The family of a woman who fought a long battle against Multiple Sclerosis have released a harrowing set of images in the hope they will persuade politicians that people should have the “right to die”. Flora Lorimer met her future … Continue reading

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GPs 'already work 24/7, 365 days a year'

Asking GPs to work longer hours or lose funding is “an insult”, according to the chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee. Dr Chaand Nagpaul’s come after Downing Street warned doctors in England must keep their surgeries open for … Continue reading

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'NHS is under pressure', says Theresa May

As new figures reveal that nearly half of all hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of the year, Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted the NHS was under pressure. She was speaking during a news … Continue reading

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Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

A superbug that could not be treated with 26 different antibiotics has killed a woman in the US, officials report. The 70-year-old from Nevada had returned to the US in August with an infected swelling in her right hip after … Continue reading

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Red Cross on NHS was 'proportionate'

The prime minister rejected the Red Cross’ description of the NHS as being in a “humanitarian crisis” but it was “proportionate”, says Saleyha Ahsan. The A&E doctor and former British Army Captain Saleyha Ahsan made a personal film for BBC1’s … Continue reading

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Stress busting

What practical steps can you take to reduce stress ? Is it good to vent your feelings? How can I reduce stress levels? You’ve been asking us questions about the best ways to manage stress, after recent research discovered how … Continue reading

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Urine test reveals what you really eat

A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by UK scientists. They think it could be used to improve nutritional advice or in weight loss because people are notoriously bad at recording their own … Continue reading

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