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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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IT and new technology designed to drive innovation should be at the top of the agenda for the NHS, reports NationalHealthExecutive.com. Matthew Swindells, NHS England’s national director for operations and information, said, “we need every board to put IT at... Read more

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Researchers have discovered that AI can diagnose Alzheimer’s 86% of the time, reports Engadget.com. Furthermore, it can also detect mild cognitive impairment 84% of the time, making it a potentially effective tool for early diagnosis.

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