Satisfaction with GP services at record low

Public satisfaction with GP services has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1983, according to the annual British Social Attitudes survey. Satisfaction dropped seven percentage points to 65% in the 2017 study, making it the first time general practice has not been the highest-rated NHS service. The study showed people were happy […]

Most UK cannabis ‘super strength skunk’

Most UK cannabis ‘super strength skunk’

Image copyright Getty Images Most cannabis being sold illegally in the UK is super-strength skunk linked to a higher risk of psychotic mental health episodes, an analysis of 995 samples seized by the police suggests. In 2016, 94% of police seizures were high-potency marijuana, compared to 85% in 2008 and 51% in 2005. The drug […]

Government publishes key vaccine report

Government publishes key vaccine report

Image copyright Just Giving Image caption Faye Burdett was taken to an accident and emergency unit with a rash on her forehead but died days later A long-awaited report into how the government makes decisions about which vaccines to fund has been published. It follows calls for greater transparency about why a vaccine to protect […]

Some smear test abnormalities ‘self-heal’

Some smear test abnormalities ‘self-heal’

Media captionWhat happens during a smear test? Early cell changes that can turn into cervical cancer may not need treatment and may get better on their own in 50% of cases, according to a new study. The British Medical Journal research looked at the outcomes of more than 3,000 women and found half of the […]

Meningitis B family ‘disgusted’ over lack of action

Meningitis B family ‘disgusted’ over lack of action

Image copyright Just Giving Image caption Faye Burdett was taken to an accident and emergency unit with a rash on her forehead but died days later The family of a child who died of meningitis B have said they are “disgusted” with the government’s refusal to vaccinate older children. Two-year-old Faye Burdett died in 2016 […]

Millennials ‘set to be fattest generation’

Millennials ‘set to be fattest generation’

Image copyright Getty Images UK millennials are on track to be the most overweight generation since records began, health experts say. Based on population trends, more than seven in every 10 people born between the early 1980s and mid-90s will be too fat by the time they reach middle age. In comparison, about half of […]

Ellie-May Clark died after GP turned her away for being late

Ellie-May Clark died after GP turned her away for being late

Image copyright Athena Pictures A five-year-old girl with a history of asthma was turned away from seeing her doctor because she was “late” – and died that night in hospital. An inquest heard Ellie-May Clark was not seen by Grange Clinic in Newport despite having an emergency appointment because it operated a “10 minute rule”. […]

Sepsis death in The Archers all too familiar, says charity

Sepsis death in The Archers all too familiar, says charity

Image copyright Gary Moyes Image caption Nic Grundy is married to Will and has three young children in The Archers The death of a young mother from sepsis in BBC radio drama The Archers on Friday has prompted an outpouring of shock and emotion. The character of Nic Grundy developed sepsis, or blood poisoning, after […]

Brain donation urged by Cardiff dementia research centre

Brain donation urged by Cardiff dementia research centre

Media captionKen Baxter said donating his brain after he dies is his way of “doing his bit” Older people in Wales are being urged to think about donating their brains after they die to help scientists researching dementia. Researchers at Cardiff University are not actively recruiting at the moment but are still keen to hear […]

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Media captionWearable tech could help stroke patients Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients. The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously. The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care. Details of the […]