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Nicotine is not the enemy!

Hertfordshire resident Ruth Harrington has seen first-hand how e-cigarettes have transformed the lives of three members of her family, who have all quit smoking using them

The number of people in England using e-cigarettes has risen rapidly over the last four years, quadrupling to 2.8 million adult vapers.  However as their popularity grows, so too does confusion about their safety and a fifth of us still think e-cigarettes are at least as harmful as smoking.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans: transforming patient care through GP services – Dr Arvind Madan

A new blog by Dr Arvind Madan.  The purpose of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) is to help ensure health and social care services in England are built around the needs of local populations. In this blog, NHS England’s Director of Primary Care, Dr Madan, explains how they have the potential to completely transform the care patients receive through GP services.

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1. Living well and preventing ill-health

2. Transforming primary and community services

3. Improving urgent and hospital services

4. Providing health and care more efficiently and effectively

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