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NHS: Smoking is Waning, Alcohol Rising

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The Department of Health’s announcement that Britain could soon see its first smoke-free generation in 450 years is good news for us all. National health standards will rise, smoking-related cancers and illnesses will fall and the pressure on our NHS will finally ease a little. Unless of course something comes along to recreate the problems elsewhere – step up alcohol.…

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NHS: Can We Train Those New Doctors?

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The Government has confirmed 500 new medical school places for next year as a much-needed PR boost in the political “silly season” while ministers are on holiday. But the doctors` union, the British Medical Association, has warned that a lot more support will be needed to deliver the proper training promised for 1500 extra student doctors from 2020. Training posts…

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NHS: BMA Calls for More Part-Time Doctors

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With work stresses and Brexit producing an NHS staffing crisis the doctors’ union the British Medical Association has advised that offering more part-time jobs in the health service could help bolster numbers. Flexible work “Part time work should be a reality throughout medical careers,” said the BMA in response to the Health Department’s consultation on providing more medical school places.…

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NHS: Big Gains for GP Mental Health

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The notorious level of bad mental health among family doctors is finally being addressed as part of a plan to improve General Practice by 2020, with a new GP Health Service to help doctors to cope with intense work pressures. Forward View on Stress Called the GP Forward View, the plan was launched by NHS England in April 2016 and…

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London Shops Take Part in National Autism Event

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INTU shopping centres have announced they will be taking part in the national Autism Hour event later this year. The company runs the UK’s largest shopping centres and has partnered with the National Autistic Society to promote autism-friendly shopping. Stimulants and Sensitivity INTU will take part in the October 2 event at its 14 shopping centres, including two in west…

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NHS: Could Private Help Save Public Healthcare?

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To many people private healthcare represents an unfair two-tier health system in which the wealthy get Rolls Royce service and those dependent on the state system get substandard treatment. However the high standards of the NHS have made it an attractive partner for private providers, who often get to share equipment and services that only the NHS can provide. One…

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NHS: Small Signs of Hope in GPs Crisis

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The staffing crisis in the NHS and private health services is getting worse because in addition to the growing shortage of nurses doctors are also struggling to maintain what was once a prestigious career due to rising indemnity costs and high workloads for GPs. The Royal College of General Practitioners, a network of more than 50,000 family doctors working to improve…

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