3rd February 2016 - Junior doctors are to strike for the second time after the British Medical Association (BMA), the government and NHS employers again failed to reach agreement on a new contract. The BMA had originally planned a full 8-hour walkout on Wednesday 10th February, but instead junior do
29th January 2016 - Patients are to be offered hand transplants on the NHS from this spring, health officials say. The highly complex surgery will be available at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust from April. It is anticipated that between 2 and 4 patients a year will be listed for surgery as an al
27th January 2016 - The NHS in England is promising that lessons will be learned from the tragic death from sepsis of 1-year old William Mead from Cornwall.
William died from sepsis after developing a chest infection in December 2014. He'd seen doctors, and his parents rang the NHS 111 out of hours
Editor's note 1st February 2016 - The British Medical Association (BMA) says that with no agreement reached on key issues, junior doctors in England will provide emergency care only for 24 hours from 8am on 10th February. 19th January 2016 - Junior doctors in England have called off a 48-hour strike
15th January 2016 - Changes to several existing NHS screening programmes are being recommended. The UK National Screening Committee says improvements should be made to tests for Down’s syndrome, bowel cancer and cervical cancer and eye screening for people with diabetes.
Pregnant women could be offe
12th January 2016 - Tens of thousands of junior doctors in England have begun industrial action in their dispute with the government over pay and conditions. Hospitals faced major disruption after junior doctors walked out for 24 hours starting at 8am this morning. The industrial action has led to t
11th January 2016 -- The NHS in England is working on new guidance to improve diagnosis of sepsis blood poisoning. There are around 123,000 cases of sepsis in England every year, including thousands of deaths often due to the infection not being picked up soon enough. There is no reliable way to pre
8th January 2016 - Men should limit the amount they drink to the same maximum recommended levels as women as part of the biggest shake-up of alcohol guidelines in 20 years. The new advice does not mention 'safe’ drinking levels, but warns instead that any amount of alcohol increases the risk of gett
16th December 2015 - New guidelines have been issued to help improve care for adults facing the final days or hours of their lives in England. The guidance from the health standards watchdog NICE replaces the abolished Liverpool Care Pathway. Devised in the 1990s at the Royal Liverpool University Ho
14th December 2015 - NHS Blood and Transplant is teaming up with Tinder to raise awareness among young people of the importance of organ donation. The social app is popular among young adults looking to find someone compatible. Over the next 2 weeks it will also be encouraging users to register as o
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