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  • A&E units, GP surgeries and walk-in centres to close as cash crisis bites

Dozens of A&E units, GP surgeries and walk-in centres have been earmarked for closure because of the NHS’s money problems, understaffing and modernisation plan, a new report reveals on Wednesday. NHS bodies have decided in the last four months alone to shut or downgrade at least 70 services across England, the campaign group 38 Degrees has found.

15 November 2017

  • NHS Approves Two New ‘Breakthrough’ Breast Cancer Drugs

In new draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved palbociclib and ribociclib for widespread use in the health service in England. The drugs have been shown to slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 months and can delay the need for chemotherapy – giving women the chance to live a normal life for longer.

16 November 2017

  • Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to ‘sustain’ NHS

Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England. They say a non-partisan debate is needed to deliver a “sustainable settlement”.

18 November 2017  



  • Should healthcare be rationed for patients who smoke or are obese?

Is it right for patients to be prevented from having certain types of treatment, unless they quit smoking or lose weight? Some health trusts argue this is a way to improve results of non-emergency operations, but critics claim it is also a way to deal with the pressure on NHS budgets by rationing care.

14 November 2017

  • Commuters urged to make small talk to help prevent railway suicides

Commuters and travellers have been urged to strike up conversations with vulnerable people near railway tracks as part of a campaign to prevent suicide. Small Talk Saves Lives aims to give the public the confidence to trust their instincts and take action if they see someone who may be at risk.

15 November 2017

  • Three In Five Diabetes Patients Struggle With Emotional Or Mental Health Issues Linked To Condition

More needs to be done to support people with diabetes, as three in five currently struggle with emotional or mental health issues, a charity has warned. A large-scale study by Diabetes UK asked 8,500 people of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds from across the UK to share their experiences of living with diabetes today.

15 November 2017

  • Boots ‘breaking’ morning-after pill promise, say Labour MPs

Boots has been accused of breaking its promise to offer a cheaper brand of morning-after pill in its stores. The pharmacy was criticised in July after refusing to reduce the cost of emergency contraception – and later pledged to supply an inexpensive alternative in all of its branches.

16 November 2017



  • NHS Funding Cuts ‘Will Lead To 100 Avoidable Deaths Per Day’

The squeeze on public spending and the drop in nurse numbers since 2010 has contributed to 120,000 unnecessary deaths in England, according to new research. There could be as many as 100 excess deaths a day from now on if the NHS does not get an urgent cash injection, a study found.

16 November 2017

  • Line streets with trees to prevent serious asthma attacks, say scientists 

Asthma hospital admissions could be cut dramatically by lining streets with trees, the largest ever study has found. Researchers from the University of Exeter’s medical school studied the impact of urban greenery on the respiratory condition and say the results suggest planting trees could help reduce the dangerous effects of traffic fumes.

17 November 2017

  • Philip Hammond dismisses NHS chief’s call for £4bn emergency cash injection

Philip Hammond has dismissed calls from the head of the NHS for an emergency cash injection of £4bn, as he said people running public services always predict ”Armageddon” before a budget. The chancellor hinted the NHS could get more money to cover the cost of ending the public sector pay freeze for nurses and other workers.

19 November 2017

  • Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth. A study of just over 1,000 women found the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs in the third trimester.

20 November 2017



  • Florida parents arrested for neglecting daughter’s rotting teeth

A Florida couple who ignored their daughter’s 17 rotting teeth have been charged with neglect. Jeremie Ervin Maloy, 31, and Cynthia Grace Maloy, 32, were arrested after it was found they had ignored pleas by their daughter’s school to deal with the problem, the New York Daily News reported.

10 November 2017

  • City of Sydney sparks anger after publicising anti-vaccination event

The $15 “Let’s talk about vaccines” information night is scheduled for Monday and promises to answer questions such as: “Government, media and the medical community are pushing more and more vaccines on us. Why?”

19 November 2017



  • Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers.

17 November 2017

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