Figures show soaring number of homeless hospital patients

NHS Digital figures show admissions in England rose from 1,539 in 2008/9 to 10,259 in 2017/18 Thousands of homeless people in England are arriving at hospital with Victorian-era illnesses such as tuberculosis, as well as serious respiratory conditions, liver disease and cancer, with hospital admissions for such conditions surging over a decade, the Guardian can reveal. Related: Lives will be

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Letter: Julian Pratt and GP support

Julian Pratt was an unusual doctor and an unusual person. In 1986 he joined six others of us – myself, Ruth Kennedy, Hugh McCullough, Andrew Manasse, Dilys Noble and Ros Rosser – in forming a GP support group in Sheffield. At the time such an activity was rare: doctors were often in positions of loneliness and stress, with little support

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Polio spreads in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘due to unchecked borders’

Campaigners say resurgence of deadly virus threatens despite huge successes of vaccination drive The unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year’s first cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said people travelling through unchecked crossings is

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Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100 – research

Millions of cases could be prevented with high HPV vaccine and screening coverage Cervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in most countries around the world by the end of the 21st century, according to research. The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which protects against the virus that causes most cases, has dramatically reduced incidences of cervical cancer wherever uptake has

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