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  • Andrew Lansley warns of ‘difficult’ NHS years

A former health secretary says an “incredibly difficult” two years await the NHS and social care in England. Lord Lansley, health secretary from 2010-12, said he was “disappointed” that more funding was not announced in the Autumn Statement.

24 November 2016

  • Premature baby left to die alone in sluice room, report reveals

Hospital staff left a premature baby “in a sluice room to die alone” and misdiagnosed a mother who died from a “catastrophic haemorrhage” in two separate cases, a report has revealed. Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s review of its Royal Oldham and North Manchester General hospitals identified several “unacceptable situations”.

24 November 2016

  • NHS to use private firms to beat the winter crisis

NHS hospitals have been ordered to hand over swathes of operations to the private sector to ease a looming winter crisis, according to leaked memos. Health officials have also instructed hospitals to discharge thousands of patients in a bid to reduce record levels of crowding, while managers have been banned from declaring “black alerts”.

26 November 2016

  • Patient safety at risk because of GPs’ ‘unmanageable’ workloads, BMA survey finds

GPs say patient safety is at risk due to “unmanageable” workloads. A survey of 5,025 family doctors for the British Medical Association (BMA) found 57 per cent felt their workload was unmanageable, with a further 27 per cent saying it was excessive.

28 November 2016



  • ‘No solid evidence’ for IVF add-on success

Nearly all costly add-on treatments offered by UK fertility clinics to increase the chance of a birth through IVF are not supported by high-quality evidence proving that they work, a study has revealed.

28 November 2016

  •  Don’t tell children Father Christmas is real because lying to children could damage them, warn experts

Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children. Telling stories about Santa risks undermining a child’s trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts.

23 November 2016

  • Prisoner dies by suicide every three days as toll hits ‘epidemic’ level

A prisoner takes their own life every three days as the number of suicides in jails reaches “epidemic proportions”, campaigners have warned. The Howard League for Penal Reform said it has been notified of 102 people dying by suicide behind bars this year.

28 November 2016



  • Sexist men who seek power over women ‘more likely to experience mental health problems’

Men who seek power over women, status and a ‘playboy’ lifestyle are more likely to experience mental health problems, a study has found. The research, published by the American Psychological Association, measured how strongly men conformed to traditional masculine norms such as dominance, risk-taking and violence.

22 November 2016 

  • Bumper load of new viruses identified

An international research team led from Australia and China has discovered nearly 1,500 new viruses. The scientists looked for evidence of virus infection in a group of animals called invertebrates, which includes insects and spiders.

24 November 2016

  • Mouth cancer rates up 68% in 20 years – and unhealthy lifestyles are to blame

Rates of mouth cancer have risen by 68 per cent over the past 20 years, with unhealthy lifestyles to blame, according to new figures. The data, from Cancer Research UK, shows mouth cancer is on the rise for men and women of all ages. From 1993 to 1995, there were eight cases of mouth cancer per 100,000 people, rising to 13 cases per 100,000 people between 2012 and 2014.

27 November 2016



  • Homeopathy ‘treatments’ must be labelled to say they do not work, US government orders

There is a huge market in the US for homeopathic remedies. In 2007 alone, it was estimated Americans spent more than $3bn on a controversial system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, and which has long been dismissed by mainstream science.

21 November 2016



  • Meet Dale Pinnock, the Medicinal Chef teaching us to eat our way to good health this winter

This has been the year of The Donald, of hygge and of post-truth– but surely it has also been the year of the avocado. Can there be anyone who hasn’t eaten a surfeit of this ultimate health food, based on the belief that they can help you drop a stone, reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, or just get beautiful, glossy skin and hair?

28 November 2016

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