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Chemotherapy for cancer patients cancelled due to bank holidays

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I was imagining the cancers cells were growing’ Chemotherapy sessions for patients at Northern Ireland’s main cancer centre are being cancelled because it does not operate on bank holidays. Approximately 780 patients at the Belfast Cancer Centre had treatments in April and May cancelled. Some patients had […]

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NHS waiting lists surge due to pensions row

Image copyright PA Media Waiting lists for routine surgery have risen by up to 50% in parts of the country because senior doctors say they cannot afford to work extra shifts. Consultants have begun refusing to work beyond their planned hours after receiving unexpected tax bills, following new pension rules in 2016. NHS hospitals said […]

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UK plans £3m no-deal medicine transport

Image copyright Getty Images The Department of Health and Social Care plans to spend £3m on no-deal Brexit measures to transport medication. It wants to hire an “express freight service” to transport medicines, blood and transplant tissue. But experts have warned that the deadline of 1 September set for the deal is a “tight” timeframe. […]

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'Rewiring nerves' reverses hand and arm paralysis

Image copyright Getty Images Nerves inside paralysed people’s bodies have been “rewired” to give movement to their arms and hands, say Australian surgeons. Patients can now feed themselves, put on make-up, turn a key, handle money and type at a computer. Paul Robinson, 36 from Brisbane, said the innovative surgery had given him independence he […]

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Noel Conway: Assisted dying laws 'not fit for purpose'

Image caption Noel Conway, from Shropshire, has written three books using voice recognition software A man who unsuccessfully campaigned for his right to die has said the current laws on assisted dying are “not fit for purpose”. Noel Conway, 69, from Shropshire, who has motor neurone disease (MND), was refused permission by the Supreme Court […]

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How good are hospitals at treating 'hidden killer'?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSepsis death father: “If my son had been tested he’d still be here” Patients’ lives are being put at risk because of delays giving them treatment for sepsis, experts are warning. Hospitals are meant to put patients on an antibiotic drip within an hour when sepsis is […]

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Essex strep A outbreak death toll rises to 13

Image copyright BSIP/Getty Images Image caption The Essex outbreak of Group A streptococcal (iGAS) infection began in Braintree Thirteen people have now died in an outbreak of Group A streptococcal infection, health bosses said. Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed a patient died from sepsis earlier this year and was not included in the […]