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4 million people were left without access to an out-of-hours doctor last year because of inadequate staff cover and pressure on resources, reports Guardian.com. Ten of the providers, covering about 4 million people, admitted that on some occasions last year shifts had been left unfilled, leaving patients with no out-of-hours cover. In the areas hit, patients were told to go to A&E, while services had to rely on non-medically qualified urgent health practitioners, or nurses and paramedics. The Royal College of GPs urged the government to do more to make out-of-hours working more attractive to family doctors. Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the organisation, said more GPs were needed to tackle a national shortage, but the high cost of insurance was also to blame. She said patients should be able to access GPs when they need it, and that it “very concerning” that this was not always the case.

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NHS England has admitted a flaw in its flagship patient choice scheme, reports HSJ.co.uk. The scheme, designed to allow patients choice on where they receive their treatment, may have resulted in patients being given the wrong advice.

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Whitehall has been criticised for delaying the release of NHS performance data, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. The government has now revealed it will delay the release of the data until after the election on 8th June, with opposing parties citing a “cynical”... Read more

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New findings have confirmed suspected placental anomalies through MRI diagnostics, reports AuntMinnieEurope.com. A study of pregnant women noted that noncontrast MRI is a sensitive diagnostic test for detecting the increasingly common problem of invasive placenta.