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Modernising and securing the future of the health service in England would cost at least £9.5bn in upfront spending, reports TheGuardian.com. Health managers in 44 areas have been charged with creating sustainability and transformation plans to help the NHS repair its crumbling finances and meet clinical and organisation challenges. Dr Mark Porter, the British Medical Association’s chief, said, “The NHS is at breaking point and the STP process could have offered a chance to deal with some of the problems that the NHS is facing, like unnecessary competition, expensive fragmentation and buildings and equipment often unfit for purpose. But there is clearly nowhere near the funding required to carry out these plans.”

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New measures to improve diagnosis of cancer are expected to be published this week as part of NHS England’s delivery plan for the next two years, reports BBC.co.uk. According to University College London Hospital’s chief medical officer, Kathy Pritchard-Jones, the... Read more

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Health chiefs spent almost half of the extra £2bn of funds allocated in George Osborne’s pre-2015 election autumn statement on buying care from private and other non-NHS providers, reports TheGuardian.com. Research found £901m was spent on buying services from outside... Read more

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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