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  1. The tests or treatments doctors say you don't need

    24th October 2016 – Patients are being sent for too many unnecessary treatments and tests, say senior doctors. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has drawn up a list of 40 procedures it says are of little or no benefit to people. It covers issues as diverse as cancer, children's wrist fractures a

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  2. Compensation fund for birth injuries announced

    17th October 2016 – Parents in England whose babies are injured during birth may be eligible for payment from a compensation fund under plans being discussed by the government. Consultation is taking place on a rapid resolution and redress (RRR) scheme which would mean families would have an alterna

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  3. Do receptionists put you off seeing your GP?

    11th October 2016 - Almost 4 in 10 patients say that having to discuss their symptoms with a receptionist could put them off booking an appointment with their GP, according to a study. This is one of the three most significant barriers to seeking treatment that have emerged in a survey of almost 2,0

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  4. Junior doctors lose High Court contract case

    28th September 2016 – Junior doctors in England have lost a legal battle with the government over the imposition of a new working contract. The group Justice for Health launched a legal challenge which argued that health secretary Jeremy Hunt's decision to impose new work and pay conditions from Oct

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  5. Manuka honey 'could reduce catheter infections'

    27th September 2016 – Manuka honey could hold the key to keeping flexible tubes used in hospitals bug-free, says a UK study. The findings published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology suggest that even low dilutions of this honey can curb the activity and growth that can build up on any surface, in

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  6. Junior doctors' strikes suspended

    25th September 2016 – Junior doctors in England have suspended all strikes planned for the rest of the year. Five day stoppages were due to go ahead in October, November and December over new contracts the Health Secretary is imposing on the junior doctors. Strike action due earlier this month had a

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  7. First UK robot-assisted kidney transplant ops

    12th September 2016 -- Two patients are making good recoveries after the UK's first kidney transplants performed using robot-assisted keyhole surgery at Guy's Hospital in London. Transplant surgeon Nizam Mamode led the team performing the operations using the hospital's Vinci Xi robots. In a stateme

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  8. Junior docs call off next week's strike

    6th September 2016 – Junior doctors in England have called off an all-out strike scheduled for next week after being told that the walkout was called at such short notice that it endangered patient safety. However, the British Medical Association (BMA) said the fight over a new contract would go on

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  9. Junior doctors plan 4 months of strikes

    2nd September 2016 – Medical leaders have criticised a planned series of 5-day strikes by junior doctors in a dramatic escalation of their dispute with the government over a controversial new contract. Earlier this week the British Medical Association (BMA) announced that doctors in England would st

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  10. Night time surgery 'doubles death risk'

    30th August 2016 - People who undergo surgery at night are twice as likely to die as those operated on during regular daytime hours, research suggests. The findings, being presented at a conference, also suggest a higher than usual risk of death among those who have surgery later in the day and in t

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