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NHS England has announced that a further 1,000 GP practices are to benefit from its funding to support vulnerable practices by the end of March, in addition to 900 practices that have already been given help.

Barnsley Council has to be criticised over claims it has denied nurses and health visitors an extra day’s holiday, which was awarded to council staff as a reward for achieving a gold award from Investors in People.

A study published in the journal Cell has suggested that Parkinson’s disease may be caused by bacteria living in the gut, indicating new ways of treating the disease, such as drugs to kill the bugs or probiotics.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru has praised Wales for making ‘significant improvements’ in the number of heart patients accessing vital cardiac rehabilitation.

Figures from Public Health England (PHE) have shown cases of norovirus, or the winter vomiting bug, have increased by 45 per cent compared to the same time last year.

A leaked report has revealed that a reorganisation of some NHS services in the region is being considered to save £200 million.

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