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£10m fund for GP recruitment, cancer heartburn campaign launched and rise in cervical cancer

Dominating many of the nationals’ health pages today is the news that NHS England is to put £10m into boosting GP recruitment and retention.

Perhaps providing an insight into their readers’ average age, the Telegraph focuses on retired GPs being given incentives to come back into work, while the Guardian focuses on newly qualified doctors being offered ‘golden hellos’ if they become a GP

Somewhat bizarrely, the BBC is more interested in the video produced by the RCGP aimed at attracting more GPs.

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Elsewhere, the BBC reports about a new cancer awareness campaign that urges people not to ignore heartburn, for fear it could be cancer – something that Pulse readers will already know all about.

Public Health England says people should go to their doctor if they have persistent heartburn or difficulty swallowing food for three weeks or more – which goes further than NICE recommendations.

PHE figures show that around 12,900 people in England are diagnosed with stomach and oesophageal cancers cancers each year and approximately 10,000 people die from the diseases annually.

It says around 950 lives could be saved a year.

Finally, the Telegraph reports that the number of young women diagnosed with cervical cancer has risen by up to 5% in a single year.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust says incidence of the illness has risen 59% in the past decade.

According to the charity, the increase in incidence can be attributed to falling numbers of young women having cervical cancer smear tests.


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