Most office KITCHENS are dirtier than the toilets, with kettles and microwaves the germiest places

Most office KITCHENS are dirtier than the toilets, with kettles and microwaves the germiest places Half of kitchen surfaces are contaminated with dangerous levels of coliforms – bacteria in faecesThese bacteria can cause gastrointestinal diseases25 per cent of draining boards, 30 per cent of microwaves, 40 per cent of kettles also contaminated By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 17:26 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:26 GMT, 23 April 2013 Workplace kitchens are dangerously dirty, to the point that they could cause illness, new research suggests.

Hundreds of GP"s surgeries "are too cramped and not fit for purpose"

Hundreds of GP’s surgeries ‘are too cramped and not fit for purpose’ Some found to have inadequate heating and insufficient easy-access facilities for elderly or disabled patientsKings Fund report said 'major' improvements were needed to cope with higher patient numbers | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 6 December 2012 Hundreds of doctors’ surgeries are too cramped and ‘not fit for purpose’, a report warns.

Rare 500-year-old illustrated medical book shows doctors analysing urine to diagnose illness and brushing lice from a boy"s hair

Rare 500-year-old illustrated medical book shows doctors analysing urine to diagnose illness and brushing lice from a boy's hairEncyclopedia of knowledge and folklore on plants, animals and mineralsBook is on display for the first time at University of Aberdeen as part of the Pharmacopoeia exhibition | UPDATED: 06:38 GMT, 11 September 2012 'De Hortus Sanitatis': A rare book detailing some of the earliest European medical texts has gone on display at the University of Aberdeen A rare medieval book gives an insight into the bizarre medical practices used 500 years ago.

Doctors" strike: 90% of GPs snub their union and keep on working

Prescription for sanity: 90% of doctors snub their union and keep on workingIn the end only 11,500 took part in the British Medical Association's protest Strike led to the cancellation of 2,700 operations and 18,750 consultationsBMA admitted that doctors had been 'struggling with their consciences' | UPDATED: 08:30 GMT, 22 June 2012 More than 90 per cent of doctors defied union orders to strike yesterday – deciding their patients must come first.

Prescription for sanity: 90% of doctors snub their union and keep on working

Prescription for sanity: 90% of doctors snub their union and keep on workingIn the end only 11,500 took part in the British Medical Association's protest Strike led to the cancellation of 2,700 operations and 18,750 consultationsBMA admitted that doctors had been 'struggling with their consciences' | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 21 June 2012 More than 90 per cent of doctors defied union orders to strike yesterday – deciding their patients must come first.

Unnecessary prescriptions are costing NHS more than 8MILLION a year

Unnecessary prescriptions 'are costing NHS more than 8MILLION a year' Reducing unnecessary prescriptions could help battle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance Scientists from Cardiff University found GPs were over-prescribing antibiotics, which could be tackled with training Unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics could be costing GP practices as much as 8.4million a year, according to a new study.

Stress "means half of GPs suffer from burnout" with male doctors worse off then female medics

Stress 'means half of GPs suffer from burnout' with male doctors worse off than female medics 46% of doctors are emotionally exhausted One if four were depersonalised with patients Concern: A high number of doctors are now stressed Almost half of family doctors are suffering from burnout because of stress, say researchers.

Whistleblower helpline launches – but staff will still face reprisals, warn campaigners

Whistleblower helpline launches – but staff will still face reprisals, warn campaigners Health Secretary said helpline would tackle “pockets of poor practice”Campaigners say external service doesn”t address internal revenge culture A free helpline is being launched for whistleblowers in the NHS and social services.

US warned French breast implant maker PIP 10 YEARS before silicone scandal

U.S. warned French breast implant maker 10 YEARS before silicone scandal brokePIP”s saline devices described as “adulterated”U.S. health authorities issued warning in 2000Firm”s silicone implants already under investigationThousands more women could be affected The French breast implant maker at the heart of a worldwide scandal was warned about the quality of its products more than 10 years ago, it emerged today