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  1. Junior doctors' strike: How will it affect you?

    23rd November 2015 - Junior doctors in England are preparing to strike next week after doctors' leaders and the government failed to reach an agreement about a new contract. Plans for the new contract were drawn up in 2012, but after talks broke down the government announced it would impose a contra

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  2. Pet owners 'can help fight antibiotic resistance'

    18th November 2015 - Pet owners and animal lovers are being urged to do more to fight superbugs and antibiotic resistance. The Bella Moss Foundation, which promotes responsible use of antibiotics in animals, says many people are unaware that their pets can become infected with antibiotic-resistant s

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  3. Disability benefit tests 'increase suicide rate'

    17th November 2015 - The new more stringent test to assess whether someone is eligible for disability benefits in England may have taken a "serious" toll on the nation’s mental health, according to a study. The new research carried out by the universities of Liverpool and Oxford says areas where the

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  4. Pharmacists to work in GP surgeries

    16th November 2015 – Next time you visit your GP, you might see a pharmacist instead. An experiment to have pharmacists working in GP surgeries in England is being extended to help with pressure on GPs. The Royal College of GPs says pharmacists can take on tasks like medication management. Funding o

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  5. 'No demand' for Sunday GP appointments

    6th November 2015 - Plans for GP surgeries to open 7 days a week are being called into question after a study revealed little public demand for Sunday appointments. Research published in the British Journal of General Practice found that 4 out of 5 people in England are happy with traditional GP ope

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  6. Local health services face ratings check

    29th October 2015 - Patients in England will be able to check how some of their key local health services are performing in their area, the government has announced. The 'Ofsted-style' ratings system, which will be introduced next year, is designed to bring about improvements where local health comm

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  7. 'Use fast tests' to stop antibiotic overuse

    23rd October 2015 - Doctors should use diagnostic tests for infection more often, to prevent over-prescribing of antibiotics that are responsible for the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, says the government's so-called superbug tsar. Lord Jim O'Neill, who chairs the Review on Antimicrobial Resistanc

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  8. Safety 'a big concern' in NHS and care sector

    15th October 2015 - Safety in the NHS and care sector in England remains the biggest concern for inspectors, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It’s review has rated 13% of hospitals and 10% of adult social care providers as inadequate on safety grounds. Additionally, it als

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  9. Some NHS-approved health apps 'leak personal data'

    25th September 2015 - Some NHS-accredited health apps may be putting users' privacy at risk by leaking unencrypted health and personal information, an investigation has found. An estimated one and a half billion smartphone users worldwide have a health app installed and this number is set to treble

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  10. Failure to apologise tops patients' NHS complaints

    23rd September 2015 - Not getting a good enough apology when treatment goes wrong is the most common reason behind complaints about the NHS in England, it has emerged. It was the reason behind just over a third of cases dealt with by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) during 2014-

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