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End-of-life care not ‘culturally competent’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHospice support for BAME families A study has been launched to try to boost the number of black and Asian people using end-of-life care services.Figures suggest black and Asian patients are 20% less likely to seek palliative help than their white counterparts.There is concern they feel excluded by the way the services are currently set up.The researchers, from Leicester, plan to
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Deadly Ebola outbreak ‘not global threat’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The World Health Organization has decided not to declare a global emergency over the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The WHO said Ebola was "very much an emergency" in the region, but it did not pose a global threat.However, it was damning of countries for giving less than half the money needed to deal with the disease.The deadly outbreak - the second largest
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Abortions high ‘shows need for contraception access’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There were more than 200,000 abortions in England and Wales last year - the highest number ever recorded.Over the past 10 years, rates have been increasing among older women over 35 and decreasing in under 18s, figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show.Doctors said the figures showed there was an urgent need to improve access to contraception for women of all ages.Cuts
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Contaminated blood: What caused the NHS scandal?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The infection of up to 30,000 people with contaminated blood has been called the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history. Thousands have died.A public inquiry is now under way - but what is already known about the scandal?Who was affected?People with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders were given blood infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses, during the 1970s and 1980s.It was the result of a new
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Tattoo parlours pose infection risk, warn health experts

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Procedures which involving piercing the skin are an infection risk Shops offering tattoos and piercings pose an infection risk, and laws on who works in them should be tightened, say public health experts.At present, anyone in the UK can set up a parlour and offer procedures without proper training, a report from the Royal Society for Public Health says.But with one in five
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Brexit: Care providers say number of EU workers falling

[ad_1] Providers of social care in the UK have told Newsnight they have seen a "frightening" decline in the numbers of EU nationals applying for jobs in the sector.Jane Stewart from Peach Nursing said she currently employed just one British carer out of 44.She said a drop in EU nationals applying for jobs meant that for the first time in 14 years she was forced to tell people: "I can't
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Can cannabis treatments save my child?

[ad_1] Scottish parents are smuggling prescription cannabis into the country to give to their seriously ill children.BBC Scotland's Disclosure programme has followed mums travelling to Holland to get drugs they believe can make a huge difference to epilepsy seizures suffered by their sons.The situation raises multiple dilemmas - for the mum smuggling prescription cannabis, for doctors dealing with parents and for the woman who turned cannabis oil dealer. [ad_2] Source
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Trust me, I’m a disabled doctor

[ad_1] An A&E consultant, a psychiatrist, and two junior doctors swap notes on being disabled in the medical profession. Emergency medicine consultant Dr Cieran McKiernan speaks on the perils of self-diagnosis. He lost his leg after failing to treat a blister which became a 5cm-sq hole in his foot. Trainee GP Dr Hannah Barham-Brown's wheelchair means she's regularly mistaken for a patient, while Dr Emily Burns spotted one patient's 'diagnosis'
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GP ‘ghost patients’ to be investigated by NHS fraud squad

[ad_1] Image copyright TEK IMAGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The NHS fraud squad is investigating GPs in England amid suspicions they are claiming for non-existent patients.Doctors get £150 a year for each patient on their list, but records show there were 3.6 million more patients in the system last year than there were people in England.The discrepancy prompted NHS England to employ a company to start chasing up these so-called ghost patients.The