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NHS to reveal true cost of missed appointments to patients

Patients who miss appointments will be told how much they have cost the NHS, the health secretary has revealed. Jeremy Hunt also said he did not have a ...

New NICE cancer strategy “could save thousands” of lives if GPs adhere

About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis, the health watchdog NICE says. Its experts say t...

New migrant salary rules may cost the NHS nursing jobs, union warns

Thousands of foreign nurses working in junior posts in the UK could be forced to return home under new immigration rules, union leaders have warned. A n...

Jeremy Hunt launches ‘new deal’ for GPs and denies coalition created shortages

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt will unveil his “new deal” for GPs promising a package of measures designed to ease their workload and make the profes...

MRSA superbug found in supermarket pork raises alarm over farming risks

Pork sold by several leading British supermarkets has been found to be contaminated with a strain of the superbug MRSA that is linked to the overuse of pow...

Increase in 999 ambulance emergency calls to nine million in England

A record nine million emergency calls were made to the ambulance service in England last year, figures show. The Health and Social Care Information Cent...

Arthroscopic surgery on older patients is doing “more harm than good”

Surgeons should stop carrying out keyhole knee operations on middle-aged and elderly people, experts today said. Arthroscopic surgery - a minor operatio...

Diabetes levels in Scotland spiral and hit an “all-time high” of 276,000

More people in Scotland have diabetes than ever before - and the number is continuing to rise, according to figures published by a charity. Diabetes Sco...

Eating disorder patients suffering long waits for NHS treatment with potentially fatal consequences

The lives of people seriously ill with eating disorders are being put at risk because they have to wait up to three years for NHS treatment. Experts war...

GMC’s cosmetic surgery guidance urges honesty

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures should give patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead, new guidance says. The General Medical Council h...

Amputation of leg “with saw found in cupboard”

A health board is investigating claims that surgeons used a saw found in a cupboard to amputate a man’s leg. The incident at Ayr hospital started when...