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Calls for tougher smoking and junk food rules in hospitals

There are calls for more to be done to stop people smoking at hospitals and promote healthy living. Health boards say they are powerless to enforce smoking bans on their grounds as they are not yet backed up by law. BMA Cymru said a decision had to be made on whether hospitals were “places of […]

Dementia rates are higher near busy roads

People who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia, research published in the Lancet suggests. As many as 11% of dementia cases in people living within 50m of a major road could be down to traffic, the study suggests. The researchers, who followed nearly 2m people in Canada over 11 years, say air […]

NHS rejects claims of ‘humanitarian crisis’ in England’s hospitals

The NHS has disputed claims from the Red Cross that there is a “humanitarian crisis” in its hospitals in England. One of NHS England’s specialist directors said he thought the service was not “at that point” of crisis, but admitted demand was higher than ever. The Red Cross helps some hospitals with patient transport and […]

Antibiotic resistance- world on cusp of post antibiotic era

The world is on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort – colistin – in patients and livestock in China. They said that resistance would spread around the […]

Healthier lifestyles could cut cancer cases by a third

About a third of cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if people ate healthily, exercised more and cut down on alcohol according to new research. Exercise is an important way of keeping fit and cutting body fat, which is linked to the risk of developing cancer. Data from the World Cancer Research Fund […]

Health bodies call for drugs to be decriminalised

Two leading public health organisations have called for the possession and personal use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised in the UK. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health said the government’s approach to drugs policy had failed.  There should be a greater focus on treatment and education, they […]

Study suggests safe alcohol guidance unrealistic

UK government guidelines on how much alcohol it is safe to drink are unrealistic, largely ignored and should be changed to reflect modern drinking habits. Men are currently recommended to drink no more than three or four units a day, and women no more than two or three. But the study found that the guidelines […]

NHS failing to direct patients to dentists

NHS patients are still facing problems finding an NHS dentist in England, research suggests. A survey found some patients were confused by charges for dental treatment as access to dentistry within the NHS has been a long running problem. To help patients navigate their way round the system, NHS Choices now provides details of which […]

NHS hits AnE waiting times target

The NHS in England has met its four hour Accident and Emergency (AnE) waiting time target. The 95% target had not been hit for 33 consecutive weeks, since late last September. Figures for the week ending 24 May show that 95.1% of A&E patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or […]

New government should boost nurse numbers

Immediate action must be taken by the next government to increase the number of NHS nurses, a report has warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said there were fewer nurses now than in 2010 if midwives, health visitors and school nurses were not included. It said government cuts to nurse training places in 2010 […]