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Genetic tests: Experts urge caution over home testing

Genetic tests: Experts urge caution over home testing. GETTY IMAGES People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of Southampton team, writing in the British Medical Journal, warn results can be unreliable. The geneticists said the tests could be wrongly reassuring - or lead to unnecessary worry. 23andMe, one of the companies offering tests, said there were "many cases" where results had prompted further checks and preventative treatment. The research does not cover genetic screening [...]

Asylum seekers ‘too afraid’ to seek NHS care, report says

Asylum seekers 'too afraid' to seek NHS care, report says. Watchdog says people failing to seek care over fear of upfront costs and of data being shared with the Home Office The NHS’s obligation until recently to share data with the Home Office has deterred many asylum seekers from accessing healthcare. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Asylum seekers who need NHS care have been left in “considerable fear” because of the government’s “hostile environment” policies, according to the human rights watchdog. In a highly critical report the [...]

NHS England faces permanent winter as it falls behind performance targets again

NHS England faces permanent winter as it falls behind performance targets again. Statistics show performance against key targets in the summer months of 2018 were worse than every winter between 2011 and 2015. Almost 6.2m people attended an A&E department between July and September NHS England fell further behind its performance targets this summer despite hospitals seeing, treating, admitting and discharging more patients than ever. Statistics show performance against key performance targets in the summer months of 2018 were worse than every winter [...]

Mum’s stress at 14-month heart scan delay

Mum's stress at 14-month heart scan delay. Amanda Megaw-Ranaghan A mum-of-five waited 14 months for a scan to find out whether she has a heart condition that could cause sudden cardiac death. Amanda Megaw-Ranaghan was referred to cardiology by her GP in April 2018 to investigate whether she has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). She attended a hospital appointment three months later, in July last year, and only had the ultrasound scan two weeks ago. Mrs Megaw-Ranaghan, who lives outside Cloughmills, Co Antrim, is currently waiting [...]

Meet the people paying for private therapy because they feel failed by the NHS

Meet the people paying for private therapy because they feel failed by the NHS. (Picture: Ella Byworth) One in four people in the UK are affected by mental illness, yet, according to KingsFund, spending on mental health services consumes only 11% of the NHS budget. Mental health hospitals are closing down and waiting lists are getting longer. People can wait months or even years for services catered to their needs, and often this long wait is just for an initial assessment session, with [...]