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NHS Health Check: The 10 ‘longest’ hospital delays exposed

NHS Health Check: The 10 ‘longest’ hospital delays exposed

Image copyright kupicoo Some patients in England face delays of months – and in one case over a year – to leave hospital, the BBC has learnt. Hospital records suggest nearly three-quarters of NHS trusts had seen patients stranded for more than 100 days in the past three years. Those caught up in the problem […]

NHS doctors call on prime minister to increase spending

NHS doctors call on prime minister to increase spending

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Senior doctors say they feel “exasperated and demoralised” working in the NHS About 2,000 senior NHS doctors have written to Prime Minister Theresa May to urge her to increase spending on health and social care. The letter – read and signed by NHS consultants, associated specialists and GPs – is […]

Staffing ‘inadequate’ at Chester baby death hospital

Staffing ‘inadequate’ at Chester baby death hospital

Image copyright Dennis Turner/Geograph Image caption There were 13 unexplained deaths at the neonatal unit between January 2015 and July 2016 Staffing at a neonatal unit that reported a “higher than usual” number of baby deaths was “inadequate”, a report said. A review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said no “definitive […]

£600m Arch bid to ‘transform’ west Wales NHS

£600m Arch bid to ‘transform’ west Wales NHS

Image copyright Hywel Dda/Arch Image caption The wellness village would cost £225m The NHS in south west Wales cannot continue to deliver services in the same way as it has done for 70 years, health bosses have warned. They say “sticking plaster” solutions cannot tackle the “huge pressure” on services. It comes as two health […]

NHS Health Check: Short GP consultations crazy, say GPs

NHS Health Check: Short GP consultations crazy, say GPs

Image copyright Science Photo Library The length of GP consultations in the NHS is “crazy” and risks undermining care if more patients are pushed out of hospitals, doctor leaders are warning. Average consultation length is 10 minutes in the UK – thought to be the shortest in the developed world. GP leaders said this was […]

Gene therapy: Deaf to hearing a whisper

Gene therapy: Deaf to hearing a whisper

Image copyright Thinkstock Deaf mice have been able to hear a tiny whisper after being given a “landmark” gene therapy by US scientists. They say restoring near-normal hearing in the animals paves the way for similar treatments for people “in the near future”. Studies, published in Nature Biotechnology, corrected errors that led to the sound-sensing […]

Male contraceptive gel passes monkey test

Male contraceptive gel passes monkey test

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBARY An experimental new type of male contraceptive that blocks sperm flow with a gel has been successful in monkey trials. Vasalgel acts as a physical barrier once injected into the tubes that sperm would swim down to the penis. The company behind it says a two-year trial, published in Basic […]

Lasers help doctors remove brain cancer

Lasers help doctors remove brain cancer

Image copyright Daniel Orringer Image caption The technology has been pioneered at the University of Michigan Lasers can help surgeons rapidly analyse brain cancers and decide how much tissue to remove, a study shows. It is a difficult decision as taking too little leads to the cancer coming back, while too much could lead to […]

Spider phobia brain ‘processes unconscious fear’

Spider phobia brain ‘processes unconscious fear’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Showing arachnopohobes images of spiders so briefly they remain unaware of them could help them overcome their fear, US researchers suggest. Scans suggested the brain worked harder to regulate emotional and behavioural responses to fear when it was not conscious of it. The women in the small study were shown […]

NHS Health Check: Nine in 10 hospitals ‘overcrowded’ this winter

NHS Health Check: Nine in 10 hospitals ‘overcrowded’ this winter

Image copyright Science Photo Library The number of patients on hospital wards in England has been at unsafe levels at nine out of 10 NHS trusts this winter, BBC analysis shows. To minimise the risk of infections and delays in getting treatment, hospitals are meant to have no more than 85% of beds occupied. But […]