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Over 80% of UK GPs think patients are at risk in their surgery, survey finds

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More than 80% of GPs believe that patients are being put at risk when they come into their surgery for an appointment, a new survey shows. A poll of 1,395 GPs found only 13% said their practice was safe for patients a...

Dentist found guilty of damaging patients’ teeth to boost profits

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A Wisconsin dentist was found guilty of healthcare fraud and other charges after he intentionally damaged his patients’ teeth to boost profits, raking in millions from his scheme. Scott Charmoli, 61, was convicted of ...

Less than 10% of patients intolerant to statins, study finds

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The proportion of patients who are intolerant to statins is far lower than previous estimates suggest, according to the world’s largest study of the issue. According to the British Heart Foundation, an estimated 7-8 m...

How DNA link could unlock mystery of cancer patients ‘wasting away’

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One of the most serious impacts of cancer is the sudden loss of weight, appetite, and muscle that can hit some patients in the later stages of the disease. This wasting syndrome is known as cachexia and it can be trig...

NHS cancer patients to get pioneering genetic test to find best treatments

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Thousands of NHS cancer patients who have exhausted all other options are being offered liquid biopsy blood tests to match them to personalised medicines. The groundbreaking genetic analysis gives patients a better ch...

‘Shocking’: cystic fibrosis patients should not have to pay for drugs that keep them alive, says MP

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MPs will be asked this week to end the “shocking” practice of making cystic fibrosis patients in England pay prescription charges for the drugs that they need to stay alive. The condition is the nation’s most common i...

Outrage as Paris hospitals chief raises idea of charging unvaccinated patients

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The head of hospitals in Paris has raised the question of whether Covid patients who have refused to be vaccinated should be charged for emergency treatment if they become seriously ill with the virus. Martin Hirsch s...

How antivirals provide hope to vulnerable Covid patients

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The recent decision by regulators to approve the antiviral agent Paxlovid for use in the UK adds a formidable new weapon to the arsenal of treatments for Covid-19. Pfizer says the drug has almost 90% success in preven...

Hospitals outside London ‘expect more Covid patients than last January’

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Hospitals outside London could end up treating even more Covid patients than at the peak of the pandemic last January, a senior NHS leader has said. Soaring infection rates in the north of England mean that one NHS tr...

Heart attack patients told to make own way to hospital as Covid surge hits northern England

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Heart attack patients calling 999 in parts of northern England are being asked to get a lift instead of waiting for an ambulance as hospitals in the region experience more than double the growth rate in numbers of Cov...

Rising number of blood cancer patients dying of Covid in England and Wales

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Ministers have been accused of failing to protect the most vulnerable people from rising Covid cases after it emerged that people with blood cancer now account for a higher proportion of coronavirus deaths than earlie...

Covid: NHS in crisis mode as hospitals told to discharge patients where possible

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The NHS was put on a crisis footing tonight as hospitals in England were told to discharge as many patients as possible while estimated daily Omicron cases hit 200,000 and the variant claimed its first life in the UK....

Number of healthy patients ‘stranded’ in English hospital wards rises by 80%

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The number of patients stuck in hospital in England despite being medically fit to leave nearly doubled between February and November this year. The rise is worrying health experts, who say it is more evidence that th...

GPs in England may stop monitoring vulnerable patients

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Ministers may allow GPs in England to halt regular monitoring of millions of patients with underlying health problems as part of the urgent new blitz on delivering Covid booster jabs. Sajid Javid and NHS bosses are lo...

NHS ambulance delays leaving patients stuck at GP surgeries for hours

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Patients experiencing life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes or major breathing problems are becoming trapped for many hours in GP surgeries, unable to get to hospital, because ambulances are taki...

Thousands of UK breast implant patients missing off register

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Thousands of women are missing from the breast implant register set up as a result of the PIP breast implant scandal, new figures suggest. The list was recommended after thousands of women were fitted with faulty impl...