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  • Every CCG to get £6 per patient to extend GP access from 2019

All CCGs will be expected to extend GP access on evenings for an extra £6 per patient from April 2019, but weekend opening will ‘depend on local demand’, NHS England has said.

22 September 2016

  • NHS should get £5bn ‘Brexit bonus’ – Lansley

The NHS should get a “Brexit bonus” of £5bn a year, former Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said. Speaking at the NHS Providers annual lecture, Lord Lansley said the public had a right to expect extra funding, which should be in place by 2019-2020.

22 September 2016

  • Junior doctors’ strike action called off

Junior doctors have called off plans to hold a series of five-day strikes, it has been announced. The British Medical Association confirmed the planned action will no longer go ahead.

24 September 2016


  • Cuddling a kitten almost certainly won’t kill you

“Cuddling kittens can kill you,” warns The Telegraph in one of the more alarming headlines to appear in the national press for some time. But cat lovers can relax – deaths and serious illness from “killer kittens” with so-called cat scratch disease (CSD) are exceedingly rare.

20 September 2016

  • Smoking is at a record low, so why do people still do it?

 As Public Health England (PHE) announced the lowest smoking rates in England on record, the BBC asked smokers why they have kept up the habit and whether they feel pressured to quit.

20 September 2016

  • Childhood vaccinations ‘down again’

The percentage of under-twos in England receiving most routine vaccinations is down slightly for the third year in a row, NHS figures show. Uptake of the first dose of measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, given at around one-year-old has also fallen – to 91.9% coverage in 2015-16.

22 September 2016

  • Keep button batteries away from children, doctors warn parents

Parents are being warned to keep button batteries under lock and key as doctors report a sharp rise in the number of children admitted to hospital in the UK after swallowing the metal discs.

22 September 2016

  • Just four in ten children have seen an NHS dentist in last years 

More than four in 10 children have not visited an NHS dentist in the last year, according to new figures which reveal stark differences across the country.

23 September 2016

  • Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn

Health problems related to poor diet, drinking and smoking are costing the NHS in England more than £11bn each year, officials say. Public Health England (PHE) says that unless they are tackled more effectively the NHS will become unaffordable.

25 September 2016


  • Non-breastfeeding mothers not to blame for coeliac disease, Swedish study finds

A new study has found that babies who are not breastfed or who stop breastfeeding early are not more likely to develop coeliac disease, contrary to one of the main theories about why children become gluten intolerant.

25 September 2016

  • Having sex increases spirituality and ‘makes people more likely to believe in God’

Hormones released while having sex can increase spirituality and belief in God, scientists have claimed. According to the research, the release of oxytocin not only promotes social bonding and helps childbirth in women, but also stimulates increased feelings of religiousness.

26 September 2016


  • Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade. At a press conference in San Francisco, they said their ultimate goal was to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”.

21 September 2016

  • Polish lawmakers push on with near-total ban on abortion

Rightwing lawmakers are pushing ahead with a near-total ban on abortion in devoutly Catholic Poland, while rejecting a rival bid to liberalise an existing law which is already among the most restrictive in Europe.

23 September 2016


  • More than 500 Britons donate kidney to save a stranger’s live

More than 500 people have donated one of their kidneys to save a stranger’s life, according to new figures. Data from NHS Blood and Transplant shows 509 people have given their kidneys to a stranger over the last decade after living organ donation became legal in 2006.

21 September 2016

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