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Anger over 'dementia diagnosis cash' for GP plans

GPs are to be paid a bonus for diagnosing dementia patients. Credit: PA Wire

Plans to pay GPs a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia have been criticised by the Patients Association.

Family doctors are expected to receive the money under an NHS scheme which is thought to be the first national initiative to reward doctors for diagnosing patients with a condition.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said it was "a distortion of good medical practice".

She said: "We know GPs receive incentive payments to find all sorts of conditions, such as high cholesterol, raised blood pressure and diabetes - but this seems a step too far. It is putting a bounty on the head of certain patients.

"Good GPs will be diagnosing their dementia patients already. This seems to be rewarding poor GPs.

"There is an issue of people presenting late with dementia to doctors, but this is not the right way to go about tackling that. If people were given hope that something could be done, that would be the greatest incentive for coming early."

A spokeswoman for NHS England said: "Dementia can be devastating both for individuals and their families.

"We know that more needs to be done across the health service to ensure that people living with dementia are identified so that they can get the tailored care and support they need.

"This additional investment is part of a drive to ensure this."

US Ebola survivor to leave hospital

A freelance journalist who contracted Ebola while covering the outbreak in Liberia is clear of the virus, the hospital treating him has said.

Ashoko Mukpo will leave Nebraska Hospital on Wednesday.

Mukpo tweeted to tell his followers he was "relieved" he was clear of the virus and repeated his wishes of recovery to the two American nurse who contracted the virus. Read more here: US Ebola survivor sends best wishes to Dallas nurses


Extradited Haroon Aswat denies terrorism charges

A British terror suspect wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with extemist Abu Hamza has appeared in court following his extradition from the UK.

Haroon Aswat was taken from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital in the UK and escorted on to a plane by US officials, the Metropolitan Police said.

At a federal court in New York, the 40-year--old pleaded not guilty to four terrorism charges including conspiracy to provide support to al Qaeda and providing such support.

Aswat is accused of conspiring with radical cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza, to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, in the US 15 years ago.

He had been fighting extradition since his arrest on a US warrant in 2005 and has been treated for paranoid schizophrenia.

Canadian 'terrorist' was interviewed by police in July

Poppies left at the scene where the soldier died in Quebec. Credit: Reuters

The Canadian "terrorist" who killed a soldier in an alleged deliberate hit-and-run attack was interviewed by police in July but they did not have enough evidence to charge him.

Martin Rouleau, 25, had met with officers many times, most recently on October 9.

Police said they also stopped him trying to leave Canada for Turkey to fight with IS in the summer.

Rouleau, who may have been armed with a knife, was shot dead after the "terror attack" on Monday which also injured a second soldier, but his injuries are said to be minor.


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