Health Headlines: Heart failure, hospital waits and new genetic blood test

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Heart failure – BBC
Almost 5,000 lives could be saved each year if more people with heart failure got specialist care, according to the National Heart Failure Audit. Better heart failure care demand.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘Treatment for heart failure should be given the same priority as heart attacks. But while there have been huge improvements in the management of heart attack patients, the same cannot be said for people with heart failure, where improvements have been too slow.

‘People are still needlessly dying because they do not have access to specialist cardiological care.’

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Hospital waitsThe Daily Telegraph
GP commissioning will lead to patients waiting longer for operations and hospital appointments, the King’s Fund has warned. GP reforms may harm patient care and increase waits: think tank

Genetic disorders – Daily Mail
A new blood test may predict genetic disorders in unborn babies, scientists have said. Mother's blood test could be used to predict disorders in unborn baby

Service demand – The Scotsman
Increasing service demand could mean the health service hits breaking point within the next few years, doctors have warned. NHS will reach breaking point in a few years, fear senior doctors

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