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Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

[ad_1] The NHS is under severe pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care - whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the chances of being seen in time where you live? Use our interactive tracker to
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Daily Mile ‘significantly improves health’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pupils are encouraged to walk or run a mile every day in addition to their existing PE lessons An initiative to get schoolchildren to walk or run a mile every day leads to significant improvements in their health, according to a study.The Daily Mile scheme was originally the brainchild of a Scottish head teacher.University researchers have compared the health of children at a
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Long hospital waits can be ‘devastating’ – watchdog

[ad_1] Image copyright Spotmatik/Getty Images Long waiting times for treatment are having a "devastating" effect on some patients and their families, according to patient watchdogs.The Board of Community Health Councils (CHCs) in Wales listened to patient experiences.Issues range from mental health problems and family breakdown to long-term reliance on pain killers. The Welsh Government acknowledged some patients had been waiting longer than was acceptable. The report said current waiting times
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Visa clampdown ‘hits cancer patients’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Cancer patients are being put at risk by immigration rules, say specialist doctors.NHS hospital trusts are struggling to recruit genetic counsellors, who identify people at risk of hereditary cancer and other serious conditions.Some hospitals rely on foreign workers, who now find it difficult to get visas as immigration rules have tightened.The Home Office said priority was given to people working in occupations with shortages.Health bosses
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Campaigner Rory McGuire highlights abuse he faced over birthmark

[ad_1] A young man who was bullied over his appearance is using his ordeal to help others avoid it.Rory McGuire's birthmark saw him tormented from an early age. He has undergone more than 20 operations, but says the abuse he endured was more damaging and painful.The 24-year-old is now fronting a campaign to encourage people targeted over facial differences to report the incidents to police as hate crimes.Rory was speaking
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‘Big hugs’ note left for ‘fantastic’ ambulance service

[ad_1] Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service Image caption West Midlands Ambulance Service said "it's always nice to get a thank you" A handwritten note with "big hugs" for the ambulance service was left on a vehicle for paramedics.Two ambulance workers found the note, which said they do "fantastic work", in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.It comes after a series of less than pleasant notes have been left on emergency vehicles, with one
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NHS: How much does it spend on the private sector?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has written to private health companies following a report by the regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It found that while most private hospitals in England provided high quality care there were still 30% requiring improvement. The CQC made the point that the independent health sector was important not just for privately funded patients or those with insurance
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Chronic fatigue syndrome treatment ‘should be withdrawn’

[ad_1] Image copyright Sophie Cooklyn Image caption Sophie Cooklyn has ME and finds sound and light agonising A common treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome should be scrapped immediately, according to one of the UK's leading experts in the illness.Dr Charles Shepherd says graded exercise therapy (GET) can actually be harmful to some people.He argues the idea of getting patients to do increasing amounts of exercise can lead to serious relapses.Other