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Newcastle health boss Sir Leonard Fenwick sacked

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Leonard Fenwick has been on extended leave since January The longest-serving chief executive in the NHS has been sacked for gross misconduct. Sir Leonard Fenwick joined what later became Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 1977, and has been on extended leave since January. A disciplinary panel dismissed him […]

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Mental health services patchy, says PM

Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them. She’s pledged to support teenagers through a new strategy and better access to help. “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained. She added that “10,000 members of staff” will […]

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Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years'

Image copyright Thinkstock An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found. Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them […]

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Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'

Image copyright Getty Images School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they don’t take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third took […]

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Time spent frail in old age 'doubles'

Image copyright Getty Images The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests. The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years. This includes everything from help with washing and […]

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Drug deaths in Scotland rose by 23% in 2016

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFather-of-two Graham Biggley died of a drugs overdose earlier this year The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland last year totalled 867, a rise of 23% on 2015. Numbers have been steadily increasing since 1995, when 426 fatal overdoses were recorded. The latest statistics from the National […]

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Apology over Indian blood donation 'embarrassment'

Image caption The Blood Transfusion Service has now clarified its malaria testing rules for Indian-born blood donors The Blood Transfusion Service has apologised after 120 members of the Indian community were turned away from giving blood. The blood drive was organised specifically for the Indian community last year, but confusion over criteria meant many were […]

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Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

Image copyright John Innes Centre Image caption A close relative of tobacco has been turned into a polio vaccine “factory” Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, says the process is cheap, easy […]

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Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Image copyright Getty Images More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England […]