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Dr Richard Vautrey elected chair of GPC England
Dr Vautrey was formerly deputy chair and been serving as acting chair Related items fromOnMedica One in 10 patients struggles to get GP appointment GP full-time workforce numbers dropped last year More than 200 surgeries closed or merged in last 12 months (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs should prescribe poetry and arts classes, MPs recommend
Report highlights that social prescribing cuts patient demand for GP appointments and other NHS services Related items fromOnMedica Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation Loneliness and isolation linked to increased heart disease/stroke risk Music is the food of recovery Singing is beneficial for memory and mood in early dementia Music helps alleviate cancer patients' symptoms (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to autism in children
But researchers stress that association should not be considered alarming as absolute risk was small Related items fromOnMedica Antidepressant use in children rises 12% in a year Intellectual disability in children not linked to maternal antidepressant use Warning over growing opioid prescribing in pregnant women Antidepressants in pregnancy linked to heightened risk of birth defects (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HPV vaccination in boys deemed not cost effective
JCVI concludes high uptake levels in girls in the UK means that vaccinating boys is not cost-effective Related items fromOnMedica Vaccinating girls against HPV benefits men HPV vaccine to be piloted in gay men Two-dose HPV vaccine schedule as good as three-dose Persistent HPV raises risk of anal and genital cancers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GMC aims to make revalidation ‘more positive and meaningful’
Regulator commits to undertaking a series of actions by March next year Related items fromOnMedica The role of Multi Source Feedback in Revalidation Revalidation works well but can be a burden, says review Revalidation guidance cuts admin workload for GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Give senior clinicians time off to help wider NHS, trusts urged
Time and money are tight, but this additional work is vital, say health service leaders Related items fromOnMedica Consultant presence in A&E has ‘phenomenal impact’ on demand Pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted, says NHS Providers Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government pledges to cut smoking prevalence to 12% by 2022
Long awaited new tobacco control plan sets sight on pregnant women and teens Related items fromOnMedica Councils plan cuts to public health spending Smoking cessation Cutting smoking rates could save NHS £67m a year Quitting smoking at any age reduces the risk of death after 70 Plain pack regulations for cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco in force (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy
They are clear on risks but not on how best to talk about them, finds report Related items fromOnMedica Report sets out recommendations for halving smoking in pregnancy Maternal factors explain much of social gradient in child obesity Low birthweight linked to higher mortality right up to adolescence Smoking consumes nearly 6% of global healthcare costs Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK spends 20% less on cancer treatment than rest of EU
Lower investment linked to poorer survival rates, says pharma industry report Related items fromOnMedica Cancer Drugs Fund ‘wasteful and harmful’ Work needed to boost GPs ’ knowledge of cancer drug The medicine price debate Study shows huge global variation in cancer drug costs UK patients losing out in access to cancer drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fifteen local NHS transformation projects to get cash boost
STPs to get share of £325m mostly for urgent care, cancer, and surgery Related items fromOnMedica STP relationships strengthening, say NHS finance leads STPs feel in danger of going over a cliff edge NHS trusts under rising pressure to make savings STPs set to fail without appropriate legal powers and role clarification Huge cost of STPs and impact on patients revealed (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Plant-based diet not always best for heart health
Animal and less healthy plant foods linked to higher risk Related items fromOnMedica Vegetarian diets almost twice as effective in reducing body weight Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease High-quality carbs and unsaturated fats lower heart risks Sweeteners may be linked to weight gain rather than loss Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sweeteners may be linked to weight gain rather than loss
Consumption also linked to higher risks of hypertension, diabetes and heart disease Related items fromOnMedica Cochrane reviews show impact of lifestyle changes on obesity Sugar free drinks do not aid weight loss Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease Nutrition more important than calories, say experts Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers
Experts say designating pregnant women as ‘vulnerable’ harms rather than protects them Related items fromOnMedica New guidelines on epilepsy in pregnancy Speech problems linked to in utero SSRI exposure Pregnancy paracetamol warning Experts query treatment of mild hypothyroidism in pregnancy Antenatal flu drugs not linked to newborn risks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment
Safeguard EU GPs ’ position in the UK as well as encouraging more from overseas, insists College Related items fromOnMedica Overseas-trained doctors will face tougher GMC assessment Plan to boost doctor numbers contains ‘risk’ to NHS Grant EU doctors permanent residence now, BMA urges government NHS set to lose over 2,000 European GPs if status isn ’t protected during Brexit Put NHS at ‘front and centre’ of Brexit negotiations, BMA urges (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Quarter million people taking benzodiazepines for more than a year
More specialist services needed in community to tackle addiction, especially to prescribed medicines Related items fromOnMedica Doctors debate long-term use of psychiatric drugs Anxiety/insomnia pills not linked to dementia Be careful when prescribing benzodiazepines, doctors warned Greater overdose risk when opioids combined with benzodiazepines (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exercise rates decline as children age
Survey reveals being active makes children feel happier and more confident Related items fromOnMedica One hour of exercise can undo the damage from sitting all day Councils call for GPs to 'prescribe' outdoor exercise Exercise throughout pregnancy is safe and beneficial Tough weekend-only exercise much better than inactivity Moderate exercise improves over-50s ’ brain health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Terminally ill man fights for right to die
Noel Conway wants a doctor to administer fatal dose without fear of prosecution Related items fromOnMedica Third of Dutch doctors open to assisted suicide for early dementia Non-beneficial procedures given to patients at the end of their life End-of-life care standards not universally high, says regulator Nursing leaders update guidance on assisted suicide Terminally ill man wins right to challenge assisted dying law (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Alarming' shortages of paediatricians
Four in 10 vacancies across the UK are being filled by locums Related items fromOnMedica Neonatal staff shortage warning Child health services require major shake-up, census reveals New report reveals 1 in 4 children in UK lives in poverty Paediatricians slam US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More than 200 surgeries closed or merged in last 12 months
GP leaders say cash pledges in GP Forward View need to be delivered Related items fromOnMedica General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders Practice sees huge benefits from integration NHS mergers cost billions and don ’t solve problems they set out to fix CQC head calls for better GP-hospital-care home integration Almost 300 GP practices face closure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS ranked 'number one health system'
However study reveals the NHS trails badly on health care outcomes Related items fromOnMedica STP relationships strengthening, say NHS finance leads Community hospitals could help NHS England meet challenges GPs and physicians innovate to improve care BMA warns ‘year-round crisis set to be the norm’ CQC head calls for better GP-hospital-care home integration (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Long working hours linked to heightened irregular heart rhythm risk
Those working 55+hours/week 40% more likely to develop atrial fibrillation Related items fromOnMedica Working long hours raises risk of stroke Women doing heavy or shift work have lower fertility Shift work linked to higher coronary risk 12+ hour shifts heightens risk of burnout Do night shifts hinder body ’s ability to repair DNA? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS clinical negligence claims up by 14%
£1.08 billion paid out last year – double amount stumped up in 2010-11 Related items fromOnMedica GPs not to blame for increase in negligence claims Clinical negligence claims against hospitals almost double in a year Plans to boost compensation payments for negligence claims ‘calamitous’ GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Cost of clinical negligence claims against GPs could soar (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ambulance response time overhaul set to cut ‘hidden’ waits
And speed up stroke/heart attack care, says NHS England Related items fromOnMedica Welsh Ambulance Service to pilot new clinical response approach Ambulance trust criticised for 111 ‘failings’ Alcohol plays central role in ambulance assaults A&E ambulance diverts almost double average of previous three winters (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government refreshes plans to cut illicit drug use and addiction
‘Recovery champion,’ additional health checks, and smarter data use all feature Related items fromOnMedica BMA calls for helpline for prescription drug addicts ‘Hard-hitting’ approach to tackling addiction set to be dropped Cuts to addiction services in England are ‘a false economy’ Failing national drugs policy behind rising death toll, say experts Drug-testing service should be rolled out to festivals (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Joint quality initiative aims to improve adult social care
Care Quality Commission and 100 other bodies coalesce around six priority areas Related items fromOnMedica Integrated health and social care workforces is the future Better Care Fund ‘ruse’ to hide lack of funds for adult social care Patient Association warns of ‘major NHS crisis,’ post election Trusts need extra £350m to cope with winter pressures CQC to focus reviews on delayed transfers of care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Tall men at higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer
Obesity is also associated with higher grade tumours and prostate cancer death Related items fromOnMedica Cheap blood test could boost prostate cancer treatment New risk estimation for prostate cancer improves accuracy New non-surgical treatment for early prostate cancer shows promise Special scan may curb need for first biopsy in 1 in 4 men with prostate cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Roll out of NHS Wi-Fi to GP surgeries begins
All general practices across England should have NHS Wi-Fi by end of the year Related items fromOnMedica Plans drawn for GPs to switch to all digital referrals Smartphones: one of the ‘most powerful diagnostic tools now available’ NHS needs clear and credible plan for digital health Technological revolution of connected care Digital proposals set out for the NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Intellectual disability in children not linked to maternal antidepressant use
No significant association once confounding factors were taken into account Related items fromOnMedica Prenatal DHA supplements don ’t improve children’s IQ Common painkiller used by mums-to-be linked to children ’s behavioural issues No impact of antidepressants taken during pregnancy on child ’s development Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to low birthweight and intensive care Surge in antidepressant prescriptions for fourth year running (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Annual diabetes checks reduce mortality risk for people with diabetes
Overall people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are 32.1% more likely to die prematurely Related items fromOnMedica Glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and screening for diabetes Overview of type 1 diabetes Impaired glucose regulation (pre-diabetes) Study claims medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes Many patients ignore symptoms of diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government boosts funding for NHS cybersecurity
Plans include new £21m capital fund to ensure resilience of major trauma centres Related items fromOnMedica NHS needs clear and credible plan for digital health Technological revolution of connected care Cyber-attack: GPs working hard to provide 'business-as-usual' Your files are locked The NHS had a wake-up call after the WannaCry cyber-attacks – what is Europe doing to respond? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Report calls for action on rise of rural homelessness
'Hidden homeless' are sleeping in barns, tents and fields Related items fromOnMedica Integrated care key to improving health of homeless £38.7m boost to cut homelessness Call for action to tackle ill health of homeless Homeless issued with cards saying they are entitled to GP care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public Health England plans 'world-leading' science campus
£400m scheme will bring together Porton Down and Colindale labs Related items fromOnMedica Experts seek medical research prioritisation in Brexit talks Think more about air pollution in public planning/provision, councils urged Every £1 spent on public health in UK saves average of £14 UK facing public health ‘ticking time bomb’ Pledges on public health not matched by funding (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A quarter of abortions due to contraception failures
Charity says women cannot control their fertility through contraception alone Related items fromOnMedica Oral contraceptive pill impacts on wellbeing Contraceptive price cut should 'empower women' Intrauterine devices Northern Ireland women not entitled to NHS abortions in England (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Researchers say a sense of purpose aids sleep
Older people with goals and aims less likely to experience sleep disorders Related items fromOnMedica Poor quality sleep linked to heart disease Poor sleep habits amplify knee pain Sleep apnoea linked to earlier cognitive impairment Mobile devices linked to poor teen sleep Sleep apnoea might increase risk of atrial fibrillation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hepatitis B vaccine to be added to childhood immunisation schedule
New hexavalent vaccine will be offered to babies born from 1st August Related items fromOnMedica Tackling hepatitis C Hepatitis may increase risk of Parkinson's disease HIV therapy helps protect men from Hep B infection (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Net value of pacemakers/defibrillators may no longer be so clear-cut
Drugs good at curbing overall risk of sudden death in many heart failure patients, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Short battery life of pacemakers puts patients at risk of serious complications Electric appliances can impact on pacemaker function Self-managing anticoagulants may cut risks after surgery Never too old to benefit from CVD prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

One in 10 patients struggles to get GP appointment
And fewer see doctor of choice, annual patient survey shows Related items fromOnMedica Patients mostly assess safety in general practice as high Quality of inpatient experience falling in some areas Patients just as happy with shorter GP appointments Patient access to GPs in Wales has soared Most patients happy with GPs – and opening hours (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Blood test may pick up bladder cancer ’s return before symptoms appear
Offers tantalising prospect of being able to treat disease at earlier stage Related items fromOnMedica Blood test could predict likelihood of cancer returning Blood test to monitor effectiveness of cancer treatments Blood test could help predict response to lung cancer treatment Cheap blood test could boost prostate cancer treatment Underused cancer test could improve treatment of colon cancer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

STP relationships strengthening, say NHS finance leads
Over half think these are strong enough to deliver real change – up from 1 in 5, six months ago Related items fromOnMedica NHS trusts under rising pressure to make savings STPs set to fail without appropriate legal powers and role clarification Huge cost of STPs and impact on patients revealed We have no confidence in transformation plans, local government tells NHS STP proposals to cut beds not credible without community investment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Core mental health services in England ‘overwhelmed’
Money isn ’t reaching frontline, amid rising demand and staff shortages, warns NHS Providers Related items fromOnMedica Increase in children with mental health problems treated ‘out of area’ GPs need to prioritise mental health more, say experts Older people under-referred for mental health therapies Antidepressant use in children rises 12% in a year Mental health patients being treated hundreds of miles from home (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

60% of heart condition patients initially misdiagnosed
GPs urged to look out for signs of cardiac troubles Related items fromOnMedica Improvement in heart disease not uniform across UK Chronic heart failure – a review and update Modifying cardiovascular risks and lipid modification Death rate higher in women after discharge for heart arrhythmias New ‘treadmill test’ can predict mortality (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experts seek tighter regulation of ‘medical tourism’
Action needed on misleading advertising of unproven therapies Related items fromOnMedica Cracking down on health tourism Paralysed man walks after stem cell breakthrough NHS 'confident' of funding stem cell treatment Stem cell transplant shows promise for MS outcomes NHS cancer patients still denied treatments available in other countries (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dementia numbers set to rise to 1.2 million by 2040
New cases falling but people will live longer with dementia Related items fromOnMedica Dementia care – tending the roots of identity Why don ’t dementia strategies work? Hospitals must adapt to better support dementia patients World Health Assembly backs global action plan for dementia UK to be 'the world ’s most dementia friendly society’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CQC says safety in quarter of care homes is unacceptable
Medication errors and staffing levels highlighted as problems Related items fromOnMedica CQC head calls for better GP-hospital-care home integration Bupa has betrayed care home residents, says CQC Perilous state of social care increases NHS demand Late-stage dementia patients failed by care homes Fragmented system is failing older people, say experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New minister confirms 5,000 extra GP target
Target is still in place despite being missed in manifesto Related items fromOnMedica Political pledges on GP numbers ‘will take decades’ Practices struggling to recruit can access up to £12K GP leader urges caution over ‘super-hub’ general practice Indemnity costs may lead GPs to quit general practice General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Three hospital trusts fail fire safety checks on external cladding
NHS Improvement wrote to all NHS and Foundation trusts after Grenfell Tower fire Related items fromOnMedica NHS pressures will jeopardise patient safety, doctors warn Emergency care struggling to guarantee safest care for all high-risk patients Nurse shortages 'putting patients at risk' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third of continuing healthcare assessments take longer than 28 days
And number and proportion of those deemed eligible for funding varies widely Related items fromOnMedica STP proposals to cut beds not credible without community investment Health professionals vary hugely in disability assessments CCGs warn of shrinking value of their funding Cuts to public health will widen health inequalities, warn public heath directors Making personal health budgets work for all (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pressure mounts on UK government to scrap 1% public sector pay cap
Scottish finance secretary, midwives, and other health unions enter the fray Related items fromOnMedica More nurses applying for hardship grants Unions slam 1% pay rise for NHS staff Over half of sessional GPs suffer work-related stress Pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted, says NHS Providers NHS workforce demands end to 1% pay cap (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

We have no confidence in transformation plans, local government tells NHS
Less than a quarter of councillors believe STPs will succeed, poll shows Related items fromOnMedica MPs raise concerns over STPs STPs feel in danger of going over a cliff edge NHS trusts under rising pressure to make savings STPs set to fail without appropriate legal powers and role clarification Huge cost of STPs and impact on patients revealed (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New wave of postcode rationing as CCGs struggle to balance books
Doctors ’ individual funding requests in England surge by 47% in four years Related items fromOnMedica CCGs warn of shrinking value of their funding Dropping ‘low value prescription items’ set to save NHS ‘millions’ Patients face severe pain before hip surgery More than two thirds of doctors forced to ration care NHS rationing – getting rid of the postcode lottery (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news