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  • NHS staff taking more sick days than ever

NHS staff are taking more time off work because of illness, with the total now close to 17m days a year. The upward trend has coincided with hospitals, GP surgeries, mental health care and ambulance services coming under intense pressure as patient demand for treatment has risen.

28 June 2017

  • Northern Ireland women to get free abortions in England

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to get free abortions in England, the government has said. More than 50 MPs from the major parties had backed a Labour-led call for the women to have access to NHS abortions in England. They currently have to pay.

29 June 2017

  • Soaring abuse of elderly amid warnings care system ‘disintegrating’

Reports of abuse and neglect of the elderly have risen by one third, amid warnings from GPs that the care system is “rapidly disintegrating”. The number of cases referred to social services under safeguarding rules has soared, new figures show, with more than 5,600 referrals last year – an increase of 33 per cent in two years.

30 June 2017

  • More UK nurses and midwives leaving than joining profession

More nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in the UK than joining it, for the first time since 2008, figures show. The number registered in the UK fell by 1,783 to 690,773, in the year to March. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said the downward trend had been most pronounced among British workers. Many leavers cited working conditions.

3 July 2017



  • Brexit could have ‘catastrophic’ effect on access to new life-saving drugs for decades, warns expert

Leaving the European Union could have “catastrophic” effects on access to new potentially life-saving medicines for decades, according to health economics consultant. Drug companies currently must apply to health regulators such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) before their products can be used and they tend to target the largest, most profitable markets first.

28 June 2017

  • Free toothbrushes for all toddlers, doctors demand

The Government should provide free toothbrushes to every child aged five and under in a bid to grapple a dental “crisis” among toddlers, doctors have said. The British Medical Association also wants to see cigarette-style health warnings on packages of children’s food that contain high a sugar content and are contributing to tooth decay.

29 June 2017

  • No-show women at cervical screening ‘unaware of test’

Nearly a quarter of women who don’t make cervical screening appointments are unaware that the process even exists, according to a UK survey. University College London researchers said more creative ways of reaching them were needed, like using social media instead of sending letters.

30 June 2017

  • Organ donation presumed consent could be adopted in England

England could introduce the so-called presumed consent system of organ donation in which people have to actively opt out if they do not wish to be donors, Downing Street has said. Wales introduced the system in December 2015, and saw an immediate rise in the availability of organs to help seriously ill patients.

30 June 2017



  • Children born prematurely able to perform equally as well at school as their peers, research shows

Premature babies can perform just as well at school as children who were carried to full term, an extensive new study has found. Tracking the progression of more than 1.3 million US children, researchers said common fears that premature babies might lag behind in their learning were largely unfounded.

27 June 2017

  • Vagina surgery ‘sought by girls as young as nine’

Girls as young as nine are seeking surgery on their genitals because they are distressed by its appearance, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told. Dr Naomi Crouch, a leading adolescent gynaecologist, said she was concerned GPs were referring rising numbers of young girls who wanted an operation. Labiaplasty, as the surgery is known, involves the lips of the vagina being shortened or reshaped.

3 July 2017


  • Health workers in Syria rush to vaccinate 320,000 children amid sudden polio outbreak

Health officials in Syria are scrambling to urgently vaccinate 320,000 children in some of the country’s most difficult to access areas, following an outbreak of polio that has left at least 22 children paralysed. Health workers will likely have to coordinate with Isis and other extremist groups to carry out the work.

30 June 2017 

  • Aid workers warn of ‘devastating’ cholera outbreak in South Sudan

Doctors, aid workers and officials in South Sudan are warning of a “devastating” outbreak of cholera that could kill thousands of people in a country where millions are already threatened by famine. More than 2,500 cases of the disease have been registered since April, a sharp increase over previous months.

2 July 2017



  • Smoking ban: Number of UK smokers falls by nearly two million in 10 years

The number of smokers in Britain has fallen by 1.9 million since the smoking ban was introduced in England a decade ago, according to Cancer Research UK. Health campaigners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the legislation prohibiting smoking from almost all enclosed public spaces, including offices, factories, pubs, restaurants and railway stations.

1 July 2017

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