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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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A new prostate cancer breakthrough could lead to new diagnostic tests and treatments, reports Knowridge.com. The researchers from Newcastle University have confirmed a new group of molecules which could be targeted by testosterone to slow tumor growth. Using an advanced... Read more

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A smartphone app has been developed that measures male fertility with 98 per cent accuracy, costing less than $5 per test, reports IBTimes.co.uk. The team, hailing from Harvard Medical School, have seen their project to the prototype stage, with the... Read more

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Jeremy Hunt has announced a major overhaul of an NHS quango, the NHS Litigation Authority, to reduce the number of clinical negligence cases, reports HSJ.co.uk. From April 1st, the authority will be renamed ‘NHS Resolution’, and will have more resources... Read more