AI Could Offer “Immense” Rewards for the NHS, Says Commons Tech Committee Boss

AI may not be at Skynet-style kill-all-humans level, but it's still around and is still advancing quite nicely. While it pops up all over the place from phones to webapps, it could also have a place in the NHS. At least, that's according to Norman Lamb, head of the Commons Science and Technology Committee. Read More >>

The NHS is Hiring a Team of Hackers to Boost its Cyber Defences

Lots of people have had a bad time when it comes to cyber security, especially this year. The NHS was hit particularly hard, however, when the WannaCry ransomware managed to infect countless systems across the country - forcing staff to go back to using paper. Clearly it doesn't want that happening again, because part of a £20 million cyber security investment will be spent on a team of on-staff hackers. Read More >>

Why UK’s Blood Donation Service Needs Black Donors

Give Blood, the UK's blood donation service, has been copping flak after asking for black blood donors. Everybody bleeds so why does race matter when it comes to blood donors? Read More >>

The NHS Will Let People See Their GP via Video Call

Getting an appointment with the doctor can be a huge pain. You have to ring up and stay on hold for half an hour, only to find there are no appointments available for the next week and a half. And that's not including the effort it takes to get to the surgery, and all the waiting involved reading the same public health posters over and over. Plus the appointments are always in the middle of the day, which means you need to take time off work. Read More >>

More Kids Have Tried Drugs Than Cigarettes Nowadays

There's some good news and some bad news for parents around the country today, with data from the NHS suggesting that the number of children who have tried cigarettes has fallen — hooray! — but that they're experimenting with legal highs and gases and drugs instead. Which is... we don't know. At least playing on train tracks is on the decline now they all have iPads. Read More >>

NHS Trials Airbnb-Style Hosting for Recuperating Patients

There's a hot new modern money-making gig economy scheme in town, one that promises a grand a month in return for letting someone sleep in your spare room, or in your bedroom while you sleep on the kitchen floor. And it's backed by the NHS. Read More >>

The NHS Might Offer Shopping Discounts if You Hit Weekly Exercise Targets

New NHS proposals could see families offered discounts on their weekly shop, provided they can hit weekly "step targets" and show they're doing some exercise. The proposals are designed to get people more active, and thus healthier, and also include things like free bikes, sprinting tracks on pavements, and outdoor public gyms - like those machines you see in parks. Read More >>

Japanese Super Fungus Takes Hold in Our Hospitals

Scientists have found a new type of fungus. Ahh, how cute. They'll probably name it after David Attenborough and... no wait. This is a bad one and it already has a name. Read More >>

Doctors Are Using Snapchat to Bypass Clunky NHS Systems

A report into how the NHS uses technology has formed some pretty scathing opinions, suggesting that the health service has done a poor job of updating to use the most modern tools -- and adding that some doctors appear to be taking matters into their own hands by using social media to share things with colleagues. Read More >>

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Yet Another News Reporter Calls Hunt A C*nt

The Conservative Party recently didn't fully-win a general election, in large part because the British public feel very strongly about the NHS. In particular, they are displeased with the trend of dismantling our health service and replacing it those run for-profit by the private sector. So when a broadcast journalist recently said "cunt" instead of "Hunt" it was somehow perfect. Read More >>

Google’s DeepMind Was Given ‘Inappropriate’ Access to NHS Medical Data

DeepMind, Google's British-based artificial intelligence wing, has come under fire after Sky News revealed the company had been given access to medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients. Records that came bundled with personally identifiable information. Read More >>

NHS Nurses Line up Ballot to Push for Future Strikes

The Royal College of Nursing is taking its members into new territory with the threat of strike action in the future, with a vote on the possibility of strikes winning a large majority. Read More >>

NHS Hospitals Have Been Hit by a Major Cyber Attack [Updated]

[Update: It's not just the NHS being affected. It turns out there's a massive ransomware attack going on across the world. Read more here] Read More >>

NHS Hospital Shops Face Sugary Drinks Ban

NHS hospital shops in England are the latest to join the war on sugar, with a group of in-hospital food and drink providers agreeing to cut the amount of sugary liquids they sell to their captive audiences. Read More >>

No More Free Pile Cream, Says NHS Boss

The Chief Exec of NHS England has announced a list of treatments that GPs will be told to stop prescribing, including hayfever remedies, gluten-free food and haemorrhoid cream. Read More >>