Vulnerable told to expect cuts to council care

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Image copyright Getty Images The elderly and disabled in England are being told to expect cuts to care services and rises in charges after council chiefs unveiled spending plans. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said £20.8bn was expected to be spent on care this year, a cash rise of 5% since last […]

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

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Image copyright PA Image caption Charlie Gard has been in intensive care since October last year Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene in his case. Chris Gard and Connie Yates lost their final legal bid to take their son […]

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors’ union

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Image copyright SGO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Doctors have backed decriminalising abortion, as momentum gathers to overhaul the 1967 Abortion Act. Currently women in England and Wales have to prove to a doctor that carrying on with the pregnancy is detrimental to health or wellbeing to get permission for a termination. Without permission, abortion is a criminal […]

Magnets used to control flickering eyes

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Image copyright Parashkev Nachev Image caption A CT scan showing the magnet (marked in red) after the first implantation in one eye Doctors have successfully implanted magnets behind a patient’s eyes to treat a condition which causes eyes to flicker or wobble involuntarily. Nystagmus, or ‘dancing eyes’ affects 1 in 1,000 people and no medical […]

BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’

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Image copyright PA The NHS in England is “running on fumes”, the leader of the British Medical Association is warning. Dr Mark Porter hit out at the government at the start of the union’s annual conference. He accused ministers of putting patients at risk and “picking the pockets” of NHS staff because of the squeeze […]