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Report calls for end to 'tick-box' GP guidelines

A report criticising the state of GP services has called for the end to "tick box" guidelines.

The report, written by the former NHS Confederation boss Mike Farrar, also advocates a "transformation fund" for general practice, which Mr Farrar says receives only 8.5% of NHS funding at the moment.

Other recommendations include better use of technology to aid back-office functions and a shift towards more personalised care, while encouraging patients to manage their own health.

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US flood threat after snowstorm

Forecasters have issued a flood alert in the US following a snowstorm on the east coast.

Seven feet of snow fell in three days in the Buffalo area of western New York state killing at least 12 this week.

Tow truck operators remove stranded cars after a winter storm dropped over fifty plus inches in Western New York Credit: Alex Horvath/Zuma Press/Press Association Images

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Sunday to Wednesday and the state's governor said pumps, boats, and helicopters would be sent in to help with the forecast flooding.

19-year-old arrested on suspicion of terror offences

A man has been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism, police said.

The 19-year-old from Coventry was held at Heathrow Airport at 3pm on Thursday, West Midlands police said.

A spokesman said: "He was detained by officers from the West Midlands counter terrorism unit as he disembarked a flight from Jordan.

"He is currently in custody in the West Midlands area. The arrest was pre-planned and intelligence-led. The suspect did not pose any risk to the flight."

Henning children 'cannot come to terms with death'

Alan Henning's widow says her children are still struggling to come to terms with their father's brutal murder by Islamic State militants.

In a statement ahead of a memorial service for Alan, Barbara Henning said:

Today family and friends will be gathered to remember Alan and celebrate his life.

His death, caused by a senseless act of barbarity, has left family and friends devastated and worst of all, his children without their loving, funny and amazing dad.

The children cannot come to terms with why a person would carry out such an act on a fellow human being. We as adults cannot understand why; it will take a long time, if ever, for them to try to comprehend.

– Barbara Henning

'Invest £1bn' of banking scandal fines into NHS, says Ed Balls

Ed Balls will call for the government to invest £1bn from the recent banking scandal fines into the NHS, in a speech at the Labour Party’s East of England regional conference in Ipswich later today.

The Labour politician is set to call for the Chancellor to allocate the funds in next month's Autumn statement in order to give a boost to healthcare services.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He will say: "The fines levied on banks for foreign exchange manipulation should now be used for a wider good.

“And I believe an immediate boost to our National Health Service, which is going backwards under the Tories, must be a priority."

The Financial Conduct Authority is set to receive £1.1bn in fines from five UK banks as a result of failings in their foreign exchange trading operations.

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Labour: Tories should hand back Dave Whelan donations

Labour have called on the Conservatives to hand back money donated to the party by Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan.

Mr Whelan has apologised over remarks he made that were widely criticised as being racist and anti-semitic.

Backbencher Karl Turner has now written to David Cameron and Tory chairman Grant Shapps about the row.

David Whelan is a significant donor to the Conservative Party, and has donated £1.5million since 2007. His most recent donation of £100,000 was received by the Conservative Party on the 2th August 2014. Given his status as a significant contributor to your re-election efforts you must now make it clear if you personally condone or condemn these comments.

I hope that you agree with me that these anti-Semitic and racist comments have no place in modern British society, and as such I hope that you also agree with me that you must now give up any money that you have received from Mr Whelan and consider which charitable groups would be better recipients of it.

– Karl Turner MP

Mostly cloudy with rain but turning brighter north and west

There will be fog and rain scattered across the UK today. Credit: ITV Weather

A mostly cloudy start with hill fog and occasional rain, which will be particularly heavy across Scotland.

The rain will gradually ease, becoming confined to the southeast where it stays mild and murky.

Drier, brighter, colder conditions push into the north and west.

Tonight the rain, low cloud and hill fog pushes northwestwards across much of England and Wales.

It will be mostly dry and clear elsewhere with patchy frost and fog. Showers feed into the far northwest.

Department of Health: GP funding increased 3.5% last year

The Government has responded to criticisms of GP services, saying that they are being provided with more funding and extra staff.

"We want GPs to be at the heart of their communities' health so we're bringing back named GPs for everyone, and increased funding by 3.5% last year," a Department of Health spokesman said.

"We're also making 10,000 more community healthcare staff available by 2020 and are joining up community care with hospitals with a £5.3 billion fund to treat people better in the community."

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