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  • GPs have almost twice the safe number of patient contacts a day

GPs in the UK have an average of 41.5 patient contacts every day – 60% more than the number considered safe by European GPs – Pulse can reveal. However, a leading European GP forum has recommended no more than 25 contacts a day.

18 January 2018

  • NHS funds for improvements being used for survival

Repeated bail-outs to help the NHS cope with pressure on services and finances could become the “new normal”, the National Audit Office has said. It comes after the auditor found NHS bodies used extra funds partly intended to transform services to shore up finances during 2016-17.

19 January 2018

  • BMA to support practices in taking legal action against Capita

The BMA’s GP Committee has written to NHS England about the ‘unacceptable’ problems with Capita’s primary care support services, and said it will support ’practices and individual doctors in taking legal routes to seek resolution’.

19 January 2018

  • NHS ‘should consider forcing doctors to pay back training costs if they quit’ 

The former head of the General Medical Council said the NHS should consider forcing doctors to remain loyal to the NHS, by making them commit to at least four years’ service, as happens in the military.

20 January 2018



  • “Arrogant” surgeon fined for writing his initials on patients’ livers

A senior consultant surgeon who branded his initials on the new livers of two anaesthetised transplantation patients has been fined £10 000 after admitting assault at Birmingham Crown Court. In a case described by prosecutors as “without legal precedent in criminal law,” Simon Bramhall was also sentenced to a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work

15 January 2018

  • More Than 120 Measles Cases Confirmed In UK: Here Are The Symptoms You Need To Know

According to new statistics released by Public Health England (PHE), there have been 34 confirmed cases in West Yorkshire, 29 confirmed cases in Cheshire and Liverpool, 32 confirmed cases in the West Midlands, 20 confirmed cases in Surrey and seven confirmed cases in Greater Manchester, making a total of 122 cases.

17 January 2018

  • GP consultation rate for flu increases by 42% in a week

The GP consultation rate for patients with flu-like symptoms has increased by 42% in a week, according to the latest statistics from Public Health England. The weekly flu report for the week ending 14 January showed a consultation rate of 53.1 per 100,000 in England, which is more than 2.5 times higher than the consutlation rate at the second week of January last year.

18 January 2018

  • Women Avoiding Smear Tests Over Fears Their Vaginas Aren’t ‘Normal’

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said 34% of women surveyed were too embarrassed to attend cervical screening because of the appearance of their vulva, while 31% admitted they wouldn’t go if they hadn’t waxed or shaved their bikini area and 38% avoided going over concerns about their vagina’s smell.

22 January 2018

  • Woman coughs so hard she breaks rib

Laughing so hard your sides split is one thing, but one woman has actually coughed so hard she broke a rib. When the 66-year-old woman, who has not been named in the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, first went to see her doctor, it was thought she merely had the flu.

20 January 2018

  • Law Society urges end to enforced medical treatment of vulnerable people

Vulnerable people sectioned under the Mental Health Act are being subjected to medical treatment without consent and are not protected by effective legal safeguards, the Law Society has warned.

22 January 2018



  • Shedding the Christmas bulge may not reverse health damage, warn researchers 

The annual January battle to lose the Christmas bulge may already be too late to prevent damaging changes to health, a new study suggests. The team from Stanford University looked at gene function, the metabolism, the expression of proteins, changes to the immune system, populations of bacteria, and the activity of the cardiovascular system.

17 January 2018

  • Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

“For cancer survivors, especially those who are older, we look for lifestyle changes that can help them get healthier but are also holistic and have meaning,” said lead author Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, chair of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

18 January 2018

  • Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’

Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives. UK experts said it was “enormously exciting”.

19 January 2018



  • French surgeons make medical history with first double face transplant

A Frenchman whose body rejected a face transplant after seven years has received a second face from another donor in an unprecedented operation that surgeons had doubted was feasible.

20 January 2018



  • Off-duty doctor delivers baby on plane when woman goes into labour

An off-duty doctor sprung into action on a long-haul flight when a woman sitting next to him suddenly went into labour on the plane. 27-year-old second-year urology resident Dr Sij Hemal successfully delivered baby Jake after his mother’s contractions started a week early on December 17.

20 January 2018

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