Many High Street pharmacies in England face closure, says minister

Source: BBC Source: Thinkstock Thousands of High Street pharmacies in England face closure following plans to cut NHS funding by £170m, according to Health Minister Alistair Burt. Department of Health officials argue that in some parts of the country there are more pharmacies than needed. But the Royal Pharmaceutical Society says this could put [...]

Older people in need ‘let down by NHS’

Source: BBC Source: Gabrielle Voinot/SPL Older people in need of urgent help are being failed by the NHS, a group of English and Welsh health leaders say. Too many over-65s end up in accident and emergency unnecessarily, says the NHS Confederation's Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People. The group said this was [...]

Technology will never replace doctors – but they must embrace it

Source: Telegraph GP surgery. Source: Alamy By Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Would you rather find out you had terminal cancer from a smartphone app, or from a sympathetic and well-trained human being? I'm no clairvoyant, but the idea of technology replacing doctors – a topic raised by [...]

Alzheimer’s could be spotted 20 years before the first symptoms appear

Source: Telegraph Spotting the earliest signs of Alzheimer's could lead to new treatments for preventing the onset of dementia, scientists believe Changes in the brain can give an early indication that Alzheimer's will develop. Source: ALAMY Alzheimer's could be spotted in people 20 years before the first symptoms appear, scientists have found. Researchers at [...]

Cheap epilepsy drug could prevent nerve damage in Multiple Sclerosis

Source: Telegraph The anti-seizure drug phenytoin was found to protect neural tissue in MS patients with optic neuritis, potentially preventing the onset of blindness An MRI scan revealing multiple sclerosis. Source: Alamy A cheap epilepsy drug which is already prescribed on the NHS could prevent nerve damage in people with Multiple Sclerosis, a new [...]

Rise in serious incidents at English mental health trusts

Source: BBC Source: SPL More than 8,000 serious incidents were reported by mental health trusts in England last year - an increase of more than a third over a two-year period. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Liberal Democrats, include a rise in unexpected deaths and suicides. The NHS [...]

Patients given hip implants made the wrong size

Source: Telegraph Metal-on-metal implants were introduced in the UK in the 1990s when they were promoted as offering better mobility than replacements which use a metal ball and plastic socket. Source: Telegraph Hip implants which have left thousands of British people in pain were manufactured incorrectly at a factory in Yorkshire, The Telegraph [...]

UK is ‘vulnerable’ to next Ebola outbreak

Source: BBC Source: SPL The UK is vulnerable to epidemics such as Ebola because of a gaping hole in the country's ability to manufacture vaccines, a group of MPs has warned. The Science and Technology Committee said the UK "lacks the capacity" to produce enough to protect people. And they said the government's response to [...]

Infected blood scandal: Government proposes more money for victims

Source: BBC Source: PA The government wants to increase the amount of money on offer for those affected by the blood contamination scandal by a further £100m, public health minister Jane Ellison has said. Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s. Ms [...]

Diabetes: Government and NHS too slow to act, say MPs

Source: BBC Source: PA MPs have criticised the Department of Health and the NHS in England for being "too slow" to act in preventing and treating diabetes. A report by the Public Accounts Committee says variations in the care of both type 1 and 2 diabetes mean the annual cost to the health [...]