Scotland to become first part of UK to ban the smacking of children

The smacking of children will be banned in Scotland, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

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People suffering from the sickness bug Norovirus should not prepare food for two days.

Norovirus sufferers 'should avoid preparing food for two days'

People affected by the vomiting bug norovirus should avoid preparing food for two days, experts have warned.

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Dr Barbara Hibbert, former Harrogate school teacher and cancer blogger. Picture: Yorkshire Cancer Research

Meet the inspirational Harrogate teacher defying her terminal diagnosis

Former Harrogate teacher, Dr Barbara Hibbert is defying the odds.

Hull couple take aid to hurricane hit islands

Hull couple take aid to hurricane hit islands

A Hull couple are using their own boat to help Caribbean islands devastated by a succession of hurricanes. Catherine Scott reports.

Cancer survivor Ray and his wife Hazel

Affected by cancer? This event could help

A new free event will provide information and advice to help people affected by cancer.

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Liam Read with his wife Jamina after he defied doctors predictions and made it down the aisle six days after an horric bike accident Picture Trupix

Liam’s battle to make it up the aisle and get back on his bike

Liam Reid had been planning his wedding for two years. But a devastating bike crash just six days before nearly put paid to their dream day. Catherine Scott reports

LIFESTYLE CHANGE: Referring patients at risk of diabetes to weight loss programmes could help them avoid the condition  and the resulting costs to the NHS.

Jayne Dowle: Take a weight off NHS and encourage healthy living

I remember scoffing when I first heard about the NHS plans to send obese patients to Weight Watchers. Why should already limited funds be used to help those who refuse to help themselves? It seemed a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money to me.

Should patients go to their pharmacy before A&E?

YP Letters: Patients will stop clogging A&E if barriers are put in way

From: Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.


Elderly patients 'marooned' in hospital beds due to care delays

Increasing numbers of elderly and frail patients are being “marooned” in hospital beds, a leading charity has warned.
'May is adding to the mental health crisis, not fixing it'

'May is adding to the mental health crisis, not fixing it'

“BURNING injustices.” That’s how Theresa May described the shortfalls in our mental health services when she stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street for the first time as Prime Minister.


Harrogate doctor raises £10,000 for Felix during 24 hour danceathon

A Harrogate GP has raised more than £10,000 by dancing non-stop for 24 hours.


Yorkshire hospitals ‘working hard to retain EU staff’ despite some Brexit-effect on staff quit rates

A Yorkshire hospital has seen three times more staff from EU countries quit their jobs after the Brexit vote than before it, new research has revealed.

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Watch: Year 7 students at Harrogate High School learn how to save a life

Year 7 students at Harrogate High School have joined some 25,000 other schoolchildren across the country for a lesson that could save someone's life.

Do plans to boost recruitment of GPs in rural areas go far enough?

YP Letters: Golden hellos will not wave goodbye to a shortage of GPs

From: Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, Leeds.

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Super-sized snack ban in hospitals to help curb obesity

Super-sized chocolate bars will be banned in hospital shops and canteens as part of the latest drive against obesity, the head of NHS England has announced.


Patients to be quizzed by NHS staff about sexual orientation

Family doctors, nurses and other medical staff will be able to quiz patients on their sexual orientation under new Government plans.

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Bereaved Yorkshire father calls for end to stillbirth ‘taboo’

Bereaved Yorkshire father calls for end to stillbirth ‘taboo’

A Yorkshire father who has campaigned tirelessly since the death of his baby boy has called for an end to the silence surrounding the “unspoken taboo” of stillbirth and losing a child during Baby Loss Awareness Week.

The "talk before you walk" scheme would mean patients could not just turn to A&E for help without first seeking advice elsewhere.

Patients could be banned from attending A&E if they don't phone up first

Patients could be banned from attending A&E departments unless they have a referral, an NHS England official has said, as she accused people of making a "day out" of it by taking a picnic.

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‘Magic mushroom’ drug helps treat depression

A MEDICINE produced from an illegal compound found in so-called magic mushrooms has been found to successfully treat patients with depression, by a process of “rebooting” the brain.

The NHS is praised - and criticised - in equal measure.

YP Letters: Compassion and skill of NHS staff

From: Doug Christensen, Ottawa, Canada.

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