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  1. Awareness during surgery 'causing distress'

    10th September 2014 – More than 300 people a year in the UK and Ireland report waking up during surgery despite being given a general anaesthetic. The figure has emerged in the largest study of awareness during general anaesthesia ever conducted, which concludes that the experience can lead to distr

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  2. Plans to radically reshape health and social care

    4th September 2014 – An independent commission has announced today proposals for a new approach to health and social care, recommending a single budget for the NHS and social care, with a single commissioner for local services. The Barker Commission, an independent commission established by The King

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  3. UK Ebola nurse discharged from hospital

    3rd September 2014 – British volunteer nurse William Pooley says he is 'lucky' to have survived after catching the deadly Ebola virus while working in a hospital in Sierra Leone. Mr Pooley, 29, has been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in London following 10 days of treatment in a specialist

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  4. Doctors 'to apologise for mistakes'

    22nd August 2014 -- The General Medical Council is planning tougher sanctions against doctors who make mistakes that harm patients. Doctors could be forced to apologise or face stricter measures. One patients' charity broadly welcomed the proposals, but said a forced apology is not a real apology. T

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  5. Social media 'fuels doctor complaints'

    21st July 2014 – Social media and other negative press coverage could partly explain a rise in complaints against doctors and other health professionals, according to new research. Enquiries made to the General Medical Council about doctors’ fitness to practise rose from 5,168 in 2007 to 10,347 in 2

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  6. New safe staffing plans for nurses

    15th July 2014 – Hospitals in England will be following a new guideline on safe staffing levels for nurses. After a public inquiry into the Mid Staffs hospital scandal, ministers asked NICE to look at nursing levels to ensure there is adequate coverage to meet the basic care of patients. Both the Fr

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  7. A&E strain from lack of GP appointments

    30th June 2014 – It's estimated that in 2012-2013 there were nearly 5.8 million visits to A&E in England because people couldn't get a timely GP appointment. The conclusion has come from exploratory analysis by researchers at Imperial College London and funded by the National Institute for Health Re

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  8. Funding cuts 'threaten GP services'

    25th June 2014 – Funding cuts and overwork are threatening GP services to patients, say doctors' leaders. In a speech to British Medical Association delegates,  Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA’s GP committee, says GP services are at breaking point and warns that the future of many GP practices a

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  9. Personal Independence Payments 'fiasco'

    20th June 2014 -- Changes to benefits for disabled people and those with health conditions "has been nothing short of a fiasco" according to the Commons spending watchdog. The Public Accounts Committee says problems with Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) resulted in significant delays, a backlog

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  10. Is your doctor baffling you with jargon?

    19th June 2014 – Doctors may be baffling patients with medical jargon, according to the Royal College of GPs. It has published a report saying 43% of all adults in England find the health advice given to them by doctors and health professionals too complicated. Terms like 'chronic' cause confusion.

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