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Tessa Jowell’s family hail increased brain cancer funding

Politician’s husband and daughter pay tribute as government doubles funding and rolls out better diagnostic tests

Tessa Jowell’s family have hailed a government decision to double funding for brain cancer research and roll out better diagnostic tests to all NHS hospitals in tribute to the former Labour cabinet minister, saying they hoped it could help other people survive the illness.

The decision was announced by Theresa May and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, after it was announced that Jowell, who had spent the last months of her life campaigning for better treatment and diagnosis for those with brain cancer, had …read more

Mental health referrals in English schools rise sharply

NSPCC says number of schools seeking help from NHS mental health services up by more than a third

The number of referrals by schools in England seeking mental health treatment for pupils has risen by more than a third in the last three years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.

The charity found that the number of schools seeking professional help for students from NHS child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) was 34,757 in 2017-18, equivalent to 183 every school day. In 2014-15, there were 25,140 referrals.

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NHS spends almost £1.5bn a year on temporary nursing staff – report

Money could pay for 66,000 qualified registered nurses to fill shortfall, according to research by the Open University

The NHS is spending almost £1.5bn a year on temporary nursing staff to cope with shortages, research has found.

The NHS has a shortfall of 40,000 nurses in England, according to the Royal College of Nursing. A report from the Open University, Tackling the nursing shortage, argues that the £1.46bn being spent on temporary staffing to plug the gaps could pay for 66,000 qualified registered nurses.

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Patients being turned away from sexual health clinics, RCN says

Short-staffed clinics are at ‘tipping point’, leading to fears over a drop in infection testing

Nurses have reported having to turn patients away from short-staffed sexual health clinics, leading to fears over a drop in infection testing.

Overstretched resources in the field mean that the public are being left unprotected, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which launches a report on Monday as sexual health experts warn that services are at “tipping point” due to budget cuts.

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Three in four Britons felt overwhelmed by stress, survey reveals

Extensive mental health study into the impact of stress also shows one in three felt suicidal and one in six self-harmed

Three in four Britons have been so stressed at least once over the last year that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, according to the biggest survey into the impact of stress.

Related: Burned out: why are so many teachers quitting or off sick with stress?

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