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Urgent neurology referrals take 68 weeks

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption There is a shortage of neurology consultants across Northern Ireland People with an urgent referral to see a neurologist can expect to wait 68 weeks for an appointment, the Belfast Health Trust has said. The wait for a routine first outpatient appointment with a neurologist is 246 weeks – nearly […]

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‘Emergency staff failed my suicidal brother’

Image copyright Family handoutImage caption Joshua Knox-Hooke was on holiday in Thailand with friends when he became ill When Joshua Knox-Hooke arrived at his local A&E department by ambulance after cutting his wrists, he was agitated and told staff he wanted to die – despite this, he was allowed to walk out of the hospital. […]

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Tube ‘junk food’ advert ban announced by London mayor

Image copyright PAImage caption “Junk food” adverts will be banned on the Underground, Overground and bus network A ban on junk food advertising across London’s entire public transport network will be introduced next year. Under the scheme, posters for food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar will vanish from the Underground, Overground, buses […]

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Blackpool hospital worker held over ‘poisoning’ claims

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Police said the investigation was at a very early stage A healthcare professional at a hospital has been arrested over the alleged administration of poison or a noxious substance to patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said. The […]

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Glowing chemical ‘could aid brain cancer surgery’

Image caption The chemical causes tumours to glow pink under UV light A chemical that makes brain tumours glow pink could help surgeons to remove the cancer safely, a trial suggests. Scientists gave people with suspected glioma a drink containing 5-ALA, a substance known to accumulate in fast-growing cancer cells. The pink glow the chemical […]