Private consultants paid at least £26m in NHS shake-up

BMA calls it ‘unacceptable’ to see so much money ‘flowing away from patient care’ Private consultants have been paid at least £26m as part of the reorganisation of the NHS, in what the doctors’ union described as an “unacceptable� transfer of money away from patient care. They include some of the world’s biggest consultancy companies, which have been tasked with

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The perfect ways to get fit – in 20 seconds, an hour or six months

Making time for exercise can be difficult because of work, family commitments or cost. Here’s how to squeeze it in, whatever your schedule “Some people think if they can’t fit in a 60-minute gym routine, there’s no point,� says Steve Kamb, a fitness instructor and the founder of the training website NerdFitness. But, for many people, it takes a lot

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Science and mince pies don’t make a good Christmas cocktail | David Mitchell

The blindingly obvious findings of a study of festive weight gain concealed a rather depressing fact What I keep telling myself is that scientific research is not retrospectively rendered pointless just because the outcome is boring and predictable. It’s not like a TV drama. The human urge to understand the workings of the universe cannot necessarily be satisfied entertainingly. The

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‘If you can run, you do anything’: why over 65s are off to the park

More older people than youngsters are now joining parkruns. Some stopped long enough to tell us why… Every Saturday morning, 9am sharp, 74-year-old Eileen Bartlett lines up for the start of her local parkrun in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. It’s something she’s done for two years, having become addicted to the “endorphin high� and exhilaration. “The first time I came down that

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Are the holidays really the hardest time of year? The stats are surprising

Studies have found that mental health-related ER visits decrease around Christmas, despite an array of stresses Night falls before you’ve left work, your very best winter coat doesn’t really keep you warm enough and the only thing you have to look forward to is sitting on your parent’s couch and realizing that you haven’t really changed since you were 14.

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