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The NHS- how big should the National Health Service be?

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 with 144,000  health professionals. In less than seven decades that figure has risen tenfold to over 1.4 million staff across the UK. But with all the political parties promising more health workers in the coming years -just how many doctors, nurses, porters, therapists and managers does the […]

Alcohol detox centre saves NHS millions

The NHS could save £27 million a year by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients. Alcohol abuse costs the NHS £3.8 billion a year, £145 for each UK household. One in three of all A&E admissions are alcohol related- but on a weekend that can rise to 70%. Dr Chris Daly, the lead […]

GP services face retirement crisis

GP services are facing a crisis- with a third of doctors considering retirement in the next five years a BMA poll suggests. The survey of more than 15,000 UK GPs also found over a quarter were considering working part time and one in 10 said they were thinking about moving abroad. BMA GP leader Dr […]

Pharmacists could help ease GP pressures

An army of pharmacists could step in to help treat patients at GP practices across England leading health professionals plan. The proposals focus on pharmacists seeing patients with common ailments directly – not on setting up shops within surgeries. Pharmacists would provide health advice and be able to prescribe medication once extra training had been […]

Simple skin test may diagnose Alzheimer and Parkinson disease

Scientists have proposed a new simple idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Their work which is at an early stage- found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing the loss of brain tissue […]

Vulnerable doctors need more support

An independent report recommends that a national support service be set up to help vulnerable doctors- as up to 28 doctors took their own lives between 2005 and 2013 while being investigated by the General Medical Council. The GMC, which investigates about 3,000 complaints about doctors each year, said its processes should be “quick, simple […]

Doctors GPs surgeries ranked by risk

Doctors’ GPs surgeries are now being ranked by the health watchdog the CQC. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked almost every GP surgery in England in terms of risk of providing poor care and whilst the majority are of low concern, 11% have been rated in the highest risk band by the CQC. Many […]

More European doctors in NHS than ever

There are “more doctors than ever” coming to work in Britain from Europe, says the General Medical Council. Southern Europe now provides more doctors than South Asia to the UK- which was previously the main source. The GMC said the tightening of immigration rules for people outside the continent could explain the change. In an […]

Patients’ internet diagnoses not useful warn doctors

Many patients are going to their GP and asking them what treatment they want based on research from the internet doctors warns. A third of the UK physicians surveyed said patients would come with suggestions for what prescription they should receive and fewer than 5% of doctors felt it was helpful. Major technology firms such […]

New GP contracts to reduce red tape checklists

Changes to GPs contracts will allow them to spend more time with patients. The money GP surgeries received until now depended on how they performed against 969 different measures but under the new contract 300 measures will be cut- reducing form filling to free more time with patients, says the British Medial Association (BMA). There […]