Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Stephen Hawking: I’m worried about the future of the NHS

Image copyright BBC/Richard Ansett Stephen Hawking says he is worried about the future of the NHS, attacking the impact of government policies and the health secretary in person. In a speech on Saturday, the Cambridge University scientist is expected to accuse Jeremy Hunt of “cherry-picking” evidence to support his policies. And he will also say […]

Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Image copyright wildpixel Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government’s drive to tackle child obesity in England. Health officials believe the move is needed as people are consuming 200 to 300 calories too many each day. It could see the size of products […]

Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

Image copyright Thinkstock An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found. Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them […]

Newcastle health boss Sir Leonard Fenwick sacked

Newcastle health boss Sir Leonard Fenwick sacked

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Leonard Fenwick has been on extended leave since January The longest-serving chief executive in the NHS has been sacked for gross misconduct. Sir Leonard Fenwick joined what later became Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 1977, and has been on extended leave since January. A disciplinary panel dismissed him […]

Mental health services patchy, says PM

Mental health services patchy, says PM

Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them. She’s pledged to support teenagers through a new strategy and better access to help. “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained. She added that “10,000 members of staff” will […]

Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

Time spent frail in old age ‘doubles’

Image copyright Getty Images The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests. The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years. This includes everything from help with washing and […]

Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust

Maternity ‘must improve’ at baby-deaths hospital trust

Image caption Overall care at the trust has improved but further work is required, the watchdog has said Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A […]

Meningitis jab uptake ‘worryingly low’

Meningitis jab uptake ‘worryingly low’

Image copyright Getty Images School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they do not take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third […]

Bowel cancer test: ‘No health minister’ means NI people must wait

Bowel cancer test: ‘No health minister’ means NI people must wait

Image copyright Brendan Foster Image caption Screening tests reduce the mortality rates from bowel cancer A new, more accurate screening test for bowel cancer is on hold in Northern Ireland because there is no Stormont health minister. Bowel cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death from the disease in […]

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England […]

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