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Public Health England to be scrapped and merged with NHS program

London - Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce that Public Health England (PHE) will be scrapped and replaced by a new body specifically designed to protect the country against a pandemic by early next month.

Amazon given access to all 'healthcare information' of NHS Special

Concerns have been expressed by the public and the medical establishment over news that Amazon has been given access to all “healthcare information” of the NHS in England except patients’ records.

New messaging app could save health service millions annually

A new messaging app, designed for use with the U.K.’s National Health service (NHS), could provide annual savings of around £44 million ($60 million) according to research. The app has been developed with input from British medics.

Blind NHS patients to receive bionic eyes

The NHS, England's national healthcare system, will pay for 10 blind patients to have bionic eyes. The eyes will treat them for an inherited form of blindness.

Human LSD research resumes in UK following 40-year break

London - Lucy doesn't need to travel to the sky anymore to play with her diamonds, she'll just need an airplane ticket getting her to London's Heathrow Airport.

Report: Britain's NHS is world's best health care system Special

A newly-released report by a US-based health care research organization has ranked Britain's National Health Service (NHS) the best among 11 most-developed nation health systems, with the United States placing last.

NHS: Smaller community hospitals to play a bigger role in England

Simon Stevens, the new CEO of the NHS (National Health Service) in England has said smaller community hospitals will start to play a bigger role in the country. The comment will signal a move away from larger centralized hospitals.

Interview with British Medical Journal editor Dr. Fiona Godlee Special

London - Troubled as it may be, Britain's National Health Service is beloved by many of those who depend upon it and staunchly defended by Britons of all political stripes.

Op-Ed: UK NHS under further attack from Tory led government

Kingston Upon Hull - Saturday news that UK Health Minister Jeremy Hunt is to announce jail terms of up to five years for doctors, nurses and NHS managers who are found to have willfully neglected or mistreated patients paints a terrible picture of the NHS.

Op-Ed: Demonstration against hospital closures

Brighton - This Saturday there is a demonstration against the ongoing government campaign to trash Lewisham Hospital and others. Your presence will be welcomed.

Woman with 44M breasts denied reduction surgery by UK panel

After being told to lose weight a British woman is dismayed to learn that her much needed breast reduction surgery will not be paid for by the British government.

Mortuary van heads for garage repairs — complete with corpse

Aberdeen - A Scottish health authority have said they are investigating what they term a “serious incident” when one of their vehicle fleet was taken to a local garage for vehicle repairs. The NHS Grampian health authority van contained a dead body.

Op-Ed: Fat cats prosper under Cameron's austerity

Heard the one about the transport minister who claimed train fares are not too high? They aren't for him, because the taxpayer picks up the tab.

Op-Ed: A GP and his unusual medical ideas

Bracknell - Phillip Lee is Conservative MP for Bracknell; he is also a general practitioner. Lately, the poor man appears to have become confused: he can't tell the difference between the Palace of Westminster and his surgery.

NHS in Olympic ceremony angers UK conservatives, vexes US media

London - The prominent inclusion of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics has angered conservative politicians and perplexed many American observers.

Op-Ed: People Power comes to Britain's hospitals

The lead story on BBC Television news this morning was the Government's plan to revive public confidence in the National Health Service.

English and Welsh Blood Service: On the edge of privatisation?

The UK government's current proposal to part-privatise parts of the Blood Service form part of a social and economic debate about the location of the Service which has come to the forefront at various times since the national Service was formed.

Man arrested after deputy UK PM Nick Clegg hit by paint bomb

It’s being said that an anti-cuts campaigner – protesting at the alliance between the UK Tory and Liberal Democrat parties – was behind a paint-bomb attack on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Claire Rayner, the well-known UK agony aunt has died, aged 79

London - Claire Rayner, the much-loved British agony aunt, gay-rights supporter, safe-sex campaigner and former nurse has died at her home. She was 79.

UK: Missed Hospital Appointments Cost NHS £600 million

Hospitals in the United Kingdom lose around £100 per patient in revenue from missed appointments. Young men are targeted as the worst offenders.

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File photo: Britain s Prince William (R)  president of the Royal Marsden NHS (National Health Servic...
File photo: Britain's Prince William (R), president of the Royal Marsden NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust, watches as head surgeon Pardeep Kumar (L) performs surgery for the removal of a bladder tumour on a male patient during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospital in London November 7, 2013
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