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NHS outpatients service 'stuck in the 18th Century'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are 127 millon outpatient appointments every year The way hospitals in the UK run outpatient clinic appointments is stuck “in the 18th Century”, leading doctors say. Every year millions of people travel to hospitals, where doctors check up on their health and discuss their care. The Royal College […]

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'Remarkable' decline in fertility rates

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a remarkable, global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” – meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size. The researchers said the findings were […]

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What is it like to prevent a suicide?

Image copyright Gillian Assor Image caption Gillian says she now has an “unusual” and “unbelievable” bond with Tommy “I’m not a hero,” says Gillian Assor, six months after preventing a suicide on a railway bridge near London. “I just happened to be walking past.” According to figures from the British Transport Police, 2018 has seen […]

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'I call my OCD Olivia'

Catherine Benfield wasn’t diagnosed with OCD until she was was 31, after she had her first child, though it would appear she’s had it all her life. She recovered with the help of therapy – and by creating a character who personifies her obsessive-compulsive behaviour. “She’s got the big ears, because she’s like a startled […]

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GPs to prescribe medical cannabis in Jersey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Deputy Montfort Tadier said GPs were already allowed to prescribe “much stronger, dangerous and addictive medicines” Patients in Jersey will be able to get medical cannabis from all doctors after politicians voted to change the law. Deputy Montfort Tadier, who proposed the move, said GPs should be allowed to […]