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Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding

Ministers consider council tax rise to cover social care funding

The prime minister is understood to be considering plans to allow councils in England to increase council tax to fund the social care system. It follows warnings that the system could “topple at any moment” leading to pressure on the NHS if patients cannot be released from hospital. Local councils have suffered more than a […]

Contraceptive cuts: Warning over rise in abortions

Contraceptive cuts: Warning over rise in abortions

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Some GPs no longer have enough funding for long-term contraceptive devices, such as the coil Many GPs in England have stopped providing some forms of contraception because of funding cuts, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. Some clinicians have said cuts to contraceptive services will mean “more unplanned pregnancies and […]

AA Gill: Final article describes cancer treatment

AA Gill: Final article describes cancer treatment

Image copyright Getty Images Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill described how the NHS could not give him a potentially life-extending cancer treatment in his final article. The columnist died on Saturday aged 62, three weeks after revealing he had the “full English” of cancers. Gill, writing in the Sunday Times magazine, said his oncologist […]

Doctors call for ban on diesel engines in London

Doctors call for ban on diesel engines in London

Image caption Doctors, medical students and health workers gathered along Euston Road to protest the use of diesel engines in London A campaign led by medical professionals is calling for all diesel cars to be banned from London. Doctors Against Diesel claim 9,400 Londoners a year die prematurely from breathing in toxic fumes from diesel […]

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Image copyright Thinkstock The number of people falling ill with the vomiting bug norovirus in England this winter is at higher than average levels, figures suggest. Lab testing has revealed there have been 1,704 cases so far – 9% higher than the average seen at this stage in the previous five winters. This will be […]

Lucy Pasha-Robinson was given an induced menopause at 25

Journalist Lucy Pasha-Robinson suffered with endometriosis, a disease where cells like those in the womb appear elsewhere in a woman’s body. It can cause severe pain, and in some cases infertility. As part of her treatment Lucy was given injections to cause her – temporarily – to go through the menopause. She tells Radio 4’s […]

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Vomiting bug ‘at high level this winter’

Image copyright Thinkstock The number of people falling ill with the vomiting bug norovirus in England this winter is at higher than average levels, figures suggest. Lab testing has revealed there have been 1,704 cases so far – 9% higher than the average seen at this stage in the previous five winters. This will be […]

Self-harm hospital admissions of children show ‘frightening rise’

Self-harm hospital admissions of children show ‘frightening rise’

Image copyright Thinkstock Self-harming was a massive release for Sophie at a difficult time in her life, but she ended up in hospital aged 15 – like thousands of other children in England and Wales. The children’s charity NSPCC says nearly 19,000 children were admitted to hospital after harming themselves last year – a 14% […]

Baby boomers should ‘stay in work to keep healthy’

Baby boomers should ‘stay in work to keep healthy’

Image copyright Thinkstock England’s chief medical officer has called on people aged between 50 and 70 to keep working to stay healthy. In a report on the health of the so-called baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, Prof Dame Sally Davies said the physical and mental health benefits of being employed or volunteering “should […]

Children’s online junk food ads banned by industry

Children’s online junk food ads banned by industry

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The advertising ban will cover food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar in children’s media Online ads for food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar aimed at children are to be banned under new rules from advertisers. The Committee on Advertising Practice (CAP) said its restrictions […]