Doctors warn over cancer op cancellations amid NHS "pressure"

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 treatment time guidelines, he added. […]

GPs urged to commit to seven-day service or lose funding

Media captionDr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA: “It’s an insult” 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. The government wants surgeries to open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven days a week, unless they can prove the demand is not […]

Major alerts ‘at many hospitals’

Media captionHospital patient Mick Johnson filmed “chaos” in local A&E ward on 30 December More than four in 10 hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of the new year as they encountered unprecedented pressures. Sixty-six out of 152 trusts raised the alarm as mounting bed shortages led to large numbers […]

GPs urged to commit to seven day service or lose funding

GPs urged to commit to seven day service or lose funding

Image copyright PA GPs in England must keep their surgeries open for longer to meet demand from patients, or risk losing funding, Downing Street has warned. It said many patients were going to under pressure A&E departments because they could not get appointments. The government wants to see surgeries open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven […]

Major alerts ‘at many hospitals’

Media captionHospital patient Mick Johnson filmed “chaos” in local A&E ward on 30 December More than four in 10 hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of the new year as they encountered unprecedented pressures. Sixty-six out of 152 trusts raised the alarm as mounting bed shortages led to large numbers […]

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

Bug resistant to all antibiotics kills woman

Image copyright SPL A superbug that could not be treated with 26 different antibiotics has killed a woman in the US, officials report. The 70-year-old from Nevada had returned to the US in August with an infected swelling in her right hip after a long stay in India. She died in September. A Centers for […]

Locums ‘weak link’ in doctors’ performance checks

Locums ‘weak link’ in doctors’ performance checks

Image copyright PA There are weaknesses in the way the performance of locum doctors is checked in the UK, a review suggests. Doctors have had to take part in five-yearly “MOTs” since 2012 to ensure they are fit to continue working. The General Medical Council said the system was working well, but highlighted problems with […]

Urine test reveals what you really eat

Urine test reveals what you really eat

Image copyright AP A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by UK scientists. They think it could be used to improve nutritional advice or in weight loss because people are notoriously bad at recording their own eating habits. The test, detailed in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, detects […]

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Researchers say they have identified how stress can lead to inflamed arteries The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests. In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in […]

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Researchers say they have identified how stress can lead to inflamed arteries The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests. In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in […]