Daily digest July 6 2015

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'Worrying lack of support' for people with dementia

People living with dementia are being forced to rely on family and friends for their care because of an 'endemic and deeply worrying' lack of support from the state, a leading charity has warned.

The Independent highlights a report by the Alzheimer's Society that calls for a five-year plan to raise care standards, amid concerns that scaled-back public services are not keeping pace with the soaring numbers of people experiencing the illness.

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One in ten London GP surgeries could close

Scores of GP surgeries across London are under threat of closure because of the shortage of family doctors, research shows.

The Guardian reports that as many as 140 of the capital's 1,400 GP practices could shut over the next three years, leaving fewer surgeries looking after ever larger numbers of patients and potentially displacing hundreds of thousands of 'refugee patients'.

The figures are from a survey by London-wide local medical committees.

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Knee ops costing the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds

Knee replacements for patients experiencing crippling pain cost the NHS approximately £585 million last year.

The Mirror reports that surgeons performed around 90,000 of the operations last year, at a cost of £6,500 per operation.  

The number of knee surgical procedures being performed is rising by more than 7% a year, as knee pain becomes a bigger problem among younger people and as Britain’s ageing population add to the demand for this type of surgery.  

Treatment for knee arthritis accounts for one million GP appointments each year.  Three in five adults aged 35 to 60 now experience knee problems of some kind.

Read more on the Mirror website

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