London Ambulance Service taken out of special measures

Image copyright LAS Image caption Inspectors said the trust was “inadequate” in 2015 London Ambulance Service (LAS) has been taken out of special measures after two-and-a-half years, following a recommendation by the health watchdog. Inspectors at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated LAS “inadequate” in November 2015. But a CQC report published on Wednesday said […]

Are You a ‘Type D’ Athlete? Relax and Ask for Help

Athletes who tend to be anxious, self-doubting and error-prone often undermine themselves, according to a new study of personality and sports performance. But these athletes, who can be described as having a “Type D,” or “distressed,” personality, might benefit from learning different ways to cope with the stresses of competition, the researchers say. The idea […]

GPs call for more help to tackle ‘epidemic of loneliness’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Doctors say they are often “the only human contact” for chronically lonely patients Doctors in Northern Ireland have called for more support to deal with patients who complain of loneliness, saying it has become a “public health epidemic”. For lonely patients, the 10-minute GP appointment model is “unfit for […]

Campaigners in court over NHS policy

Image copyright Getty Images A judicial review by a group of campaigners challenging government health policy in England gets under way at the High Court later. The group, which was backed by Prof Stephen Hawking before his death, are fighting the creation of accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies incorporating […]