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Weston General's A&E department closes overnight

Weston General Hospital’s A&E department closes overnight later because it cannot be staffed safely. The hospital, which serves more than 200,000 people in Weston-super-Mare, will close between 22:00 and 08:00 BST. Those with serious and life-threatening emergencies are being told to dial 999 and ambulances will take them to Bristol or Taunton. The Trust said the the temporary move was ...

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Chief medical officer calls for gene testing revolution

Cancer patients should be routinely offered DNA tests to help select the best treatments for them, according to England’s chief medical officer. Prof Dame Sally Davies says in her annual report that the NHS must deliver her “genomic dream” within five years. Over 31,000 NHS patients, including some with cancer, have already had their entire genetic code sequenced. Dame Sally ...

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Abortions for Northern Irish women to be funded in Wales

The Welsh NHS will fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland, the first minister has said. It follows a UK government decision for the NHS in England to do so after MPs threatened to rebel on the issue. The MPs were concerned because of the Tories’ deal with the Democratic Unionists who back the tighter abortion restrictions in Northern Ireland. ...

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Family's bid to return E.coli woman to Scotland

Relatives of a teacher who is seriously ill in a Turkish hospital have launched a desperate appeal to have her brought back to Scotland. Caroline Hope, who is from Clydebank, was diagnosed with cancer in January while working as an English teacher. She was initially successfully treated for colon cancer but has since become gravely ill after contracting E.coli. Current ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: Three hospitals fail fire safety checks

Three hospitals in England have failed fire safety checks ordered in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Buildings at London’s King’s College Hospital, Sheffield’s children’s hospital and the North Middlesex Trust have been found to have combustible cladding. Those three trusts along with another 16 have also introduced 24-hour fire warden patrols to improve safety. Checks on cladding used ...

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FGM: More than 5,000 newly-recorded cases in England

The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals. Almost half involved women and girls living in London, NHS Digital found. A third were women and girls born in Somalia, while 112 cases were UK-born nationals. The practice is illegal in the UK and it is compulsory for family doctors, ...

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NHS 'rationing leaves patients in pain'

Vital NHS operations and treatments are being increasingly rationed in England, leaving patients in pain, doctors say. The treatments affected include hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery to help restore sight as well as drugs for conditions such as arthritis. Such care is normally given routinely, but the British Medical Journal has found evidence it is being cut back. ...

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Air pollution issues go back to court

Air pollution is forcing the UK government back to court for the seventh time. The environmental legal group Client Earth says minsters failed to conduct their recent public consultation on clean air properly. It also says the government’s pollution plans for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are far too vague. A government spokesman said ministers were committed to improving air ...

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Scientists explain ancient Rome's long-lasting concrete

Researchers have unlocked the chemistry of Roman concrete which has resisted the elements for thousands of years. Ancient sea walls built by the Romans used a concrete made from lime and volcanic ash to bind with rocks. Now scientists have discovered that elements within the volcanic material reacted with sea water to strengthen the construction. They believe the discovery could ...

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'Brightest minds' key to future science success

Diversity in research should be an early focus of the new umbrella organisation for UK science funding, according to the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson. He said it should look at “all the different facets at what makes for a diverse and resilient research system that optimises all the talents available in the country”. Its new chief executive said ...

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