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GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital

Four NHS commissioning bodies in England offer to share savings made with GP practices.

Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘astonishing failure’ after GP numbers fall by 1,190

NHS figures show drop of 1,193 family doctors in past year, despite pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 by 2020.

Under-strain NHS fails to ensure cancer patients seen quickly enough

Hospitals miss two-week target for seeing specialist for only second time since records began, as delays in treatment rise.

Labour will give pay rise to ‘overworked and underpaid’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary pledges to ‘end Tory privatisation’ by reversing moves to bring private providers into NHS.

Thousands of doctors trained in Europe ‘may quit UK after Brexit’

BMA warns of impending ‘disaster’ as its research shows 40% of doctors who qualified in EEA may leave because they feel less welcome.

Fears of ‘two-tier NHS’ as GPs allow fee-paying patients to jump the queue

MPs claim Dorset Private GP service, at up to £145 per appointment, will mean NHS patients without money will wait even longer for care.

NHS faces ‘humanitarian crisis’ as demand rises, British Red Cross warns

Senior doctor calls health service ‘broken’ after deaths of two patients left to wait on trolleys at Worcestershire Royal hospital.

Seven-day NHS plan puts weekday surgeries at risk, warns top GP

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard says government’s pledge to guarantee access to family doctors at weekends is unrealistic.

Lengthy waits to see GPs may pose serious risk to patients, says top doctor

People with non-urgent conditions may be neglected amid long waiting times, leading to acute problems, warns head of GPs’ body.

BMA’s appeal for boost in NHS funding rejected by David Cameron

Doctors’ union had asked prime minister for increase, citing popularity of leave campaign’s £350m a week pledge.

Overstretched doctors urge two-week absence before workers need to see GP

Requiring a sick note after one week takes time away from patients who may need appointments more, doctors say.

BMA chief attacks David Cameron over ‘safe in my hands’ NHS promise

Mark Porter accuses government at doctor’s union conference of breaking pledges to protect and fund the health service.

Proposals For Seven-Day NHS Are Immoral, Says Leading GP

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of BMA GPs committee, says patients would suffer as doctors forced to sit in empty surgeries.

Seven-Day NHS Plans Fail To Address Staffing Needs, Say MPs

Public accounts committee claims Jeremy Hunt does not know if supply of doctors and nurses can adequately meet demand.

Fewer People Die In Hospital At Weekends, Study Finds

Weekend death rate problem, used by Jeremy Hunt to justify imposing new doctors’ contract, ‘does not exist’.

Equality Watchdog Warns Junior Doctors’ Contract Is Potentially Illegal

EHRC document to be presented to the UN, seen exclusively by the Guardian, says that new contract discriminates against female doctors.

Junior Doctors In Third Walkout As Dispute Over New Contract Escalates

Medics retain public support as 48-hour strike begins, with Jeremy Hunt mocked in parliament for statement on patient safety.

A&E Faces Worst Winter Ever, Top Doctor Warns

Bed shortages and cancelled operations loom in NHS emergency.

Junior Doctors Demand More Concessions From Jeremy Hunt

More than 2,000 medics and students tell health secretary days after he tried to defuse anger that proposed contracts are unfair and risk patient safety.

I Had To Rely On Food Banks To Get Me Through Medical School

My underprivileged background made applying for and surviving medical school financially tough.




DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.