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NHS boss: Tax bills could mean ‘loss of 60 doctors’

[ad_1] A major NHS trust could lose the equivalent of 60 consultants because of doctors' refusal to work overtime, its chief executive fears.Dr David Rosser, of University Hospitals Birmingham, said pension tax changes mean consultants fear extra earnings will trigger large bills.One senior doctor covered shifts, which would otherwise have gone unstaffed, for free to avoid a huge tax bill.The government said it was looking at more flexible pension rules.The
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Wolverhampton hospital’s ‘regret’ over new mum’s death

[ad_1] Image copyright Family handout Image caption Sophie Burgess died in hospital before seeing her babies A hospital trust says lessons have been learned in how to better identify and manage sepsis after a woman died hours after giving birth to twins.The trust said it offered "regret for the circumstances" leading to Sophie Burgess's death at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.Lawyers for the family claim there was a delay in
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Music ‘calms nerves before surgery’ as well as sedative

[ad_1] Image copyright Uni of Pennsylvania Image caption Patients listened to music while having an anaesthetic before surgery Listening to the "world's most relaxing song" before an operation could be just as good at calming patients' nerves as medication, US researchers say.The song, written to reduce anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, performed as well as a sedative in a study of 157 people.But patients said they would have preferred
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Measles outbreak: Loddon head teacher makes immunisation plea

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Three students at Hobart High School have contracted measles A head teacher has written to parents to remind them to make sure their children are immunised after a measles outbreak at his school.Jim Adams wrote to parents after three cases were confirmed at Hobart High School, Loddon, Norfolk."Measles can be a very serious illness and it is also highly infectious," he wrote.Dr Louise Smith,
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UTI home-testing app to help women trialled by NHS

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A new smartphone app to help women diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI) is being trialled by the NHS.The app will be overseen by 37 pharmacies in a trial across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, aimed at freeing up GP appointments.It guides users through a urine test and allows the results to be analysed online by a pharmacist.Suspected UTIs make up 3% - 10.2 million - of
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Ebola outbreak declared public health emergency

[ad_1] Ebola crisis in DR Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says, after more than 1,600 dieThis breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. [ad_2] Source
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Children with gender identity issues ‘need help from all sides’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Solving gender identity issues in children is complicated, and is not always going to be the answer to everything, says NHS England's gender identity development service.They need help "from all sides", say experts from the London clinic, because many of the under-18s are also dealing with mental health problems.Referrals to the service have more than tripled since 2014-15 - to 2,590.Fewer than half decided to
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Lister Hospital IT issue: ‘No harm’ has come to patients

[ad_1] Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Discharge summaries can contain details of any changes to medication as well as follow-up appointments or tests A computer problem affecting thousands of hospital patients has not led to anyone coming to harm, the NHS said.Last September, East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust found 14,600 patients may have been discharged, mainly in Stevenage, without medical notes being sent to them or
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Luton house transformed to help parents of sick children

[ad_1] Image copyright Luton & Dunstable University Hospital Image caption The scaffolding was put up in March A former 1930s council house is being transformed into accommodation for parents whose babies are being cared for at a neo-natal unit.About 70 different trades people have volunteered to help renovate the building in Luton for the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital. It will support up to 420 families a year, the hospital