Number of long waiting hospital operations rise by 163%

The number of people facing “long waits” for hospital treatment in England has more than doubled in the past four years, figures show. Patients needing routine care such as knee and hip replacements are meant to be treated in 18 weeks under NHS rules. But the numbers waiting longer than

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Blocked beds blight mental health care

Delays in discharging people from hospital are rising more rapidly in mental health trusts than other parts of the NHS in England, a study shows. NHS England data found a 56% rise in the number of bed days lost to delayed discharge in psychiatric trusts in October 2016 compared to

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Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS “pressure”

Senior doctors say they are concerned about the number of cancer patients having their operations cancelled amid “tremendous pressure” facing the NHS in England this winter. Ian Eardley, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said a shortage of beds was one of the causes. Such surgery is usually protected under

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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

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GPs urged to commit to seven day service or lose funding

The government wants surgeries to open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven days a week, unless they can prove the demand is not there. Some GPs in England have been warned they could lose extra funding if they fail to meet their commitments to keeping surgeries open for longer. It said

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NHS hospitals break parking fees record

Hospitals in England collected more than £120 million in car parking fees in the last year. NHS hospitals appear to be making more money than ever from parking fees. A report from the Press Association says hospitals in England collected more than £120m last year – up by 5%. Many

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Send heavy drinkers for liver scan, GPs told

After the festive season- when people often over indulge there is a new warning on the damage that alcohol does. Women who regularly drink more than three-and-a-half bottles of wine a week should get their livers checked, says new draft advice for England. For men, the threshold is five bottles

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Prostate cancer laser treatment truly transformative

Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”. The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects. Trials on 413 men – published in The Lancet Oncology – showed

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