Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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Experts say the stunt in growth is 'a small price to pay' to protect against asthma attacks

Asthma inhalers can stunt growth in children, new research finds

However leading doctors and healthcare campaigners say this 'is a small price to pay' to protect against potentially lethal attacks

Patients are being advised to visit the pharmacy to deal with minor illness

Pharmacies demand to be 'first point of contact' for overstretched NHS

A report has called for a radical shakeup of how primary care is organised

The College of Emergency Medicine has called for GPs to have direct phone links to A&E and surgeons to be located at reception in hospitals

A&E 'winter crisis': Call to put GPs in hospital emergency departments

Report also calls for surgeons 'at the front door of the hospital'

Step change: Younger medics should know more about ageing, say experts

Newly qualified doctors failing elderly patients due to a lack of skills or training in their treatment

Medical students spend little more than a week learning about older people's ailments and needs

Benefits Street series 2: Follow-up documentary Immigrant Street has locals worried

Residents talk of 'pressure' to appear on camera and fear the Channel 4 show could bring extremists to the area
German supporters (left) and Argentina fans

World Cup Final 2014: Choosing between Germany and Argentina is an impossible choice

Perhaps the most sensible basis for a decision is the sport itself

Nice suggests that obese people suffering from the increasingly common condition should be considered for bariatric surgery

Give weight-loss surgery to obese patients on NHS to curb diabetes, says Nice

Current rules mean that weight-loss surgery on the NHS is only given to patients who are classed as 'morbidly obese'

Under the new plans, patients would be able to control a nominal budget with their doctors

Head of NHS England announces a radical new patient care plan in move to save money

The new scheme would be funded by “billions” of pounds of public money from the NHS and local government councils

Andy Burnham says that David Cameron is to blame for the latest NHS figures

NHS at ‘tipping point’ after accounts show it plunging £100m into the red

Health service finances will continue to deteriorate further this year and next

The Kia Soul must have hit every robotic arm on the ugly production line

Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi Connect Plus, motoring review: This car makes my head hurt to look at but it does stand out from the crowd

PRICE £17,500
ENGINE CAPACITY 1.6-litre turbodiesel
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 126 @ 4,000
TOP SPEED (MPH) 112
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG) 56.5
CO2 EMISSIONS (G/KM) 132

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