1. Surge in people going to A&E with colds and sore throats amid collapse in access to GPs

    By Martin Bagot A&Es have experienced a surge in patients turning up with minor ailments amid a ­collapse in access to GPs. NHS data shows cases of sore throats increased by 77% between 2021/22 and 2022/23, up from 191,900 to 340,441. Patients with a cough rose by 47%, fever by 44%