Latest NHS and Health News – Round-up!
Here is our latest NHS and Health news round-up focusing on the stories we noted over the last 7 days.
ALL ABOUT JUNIOR DOCTORS AND THE 7 DAY WEEK:
- Junior doctors’ contracts: Crunch talks extended
Last ditch talks to reach a deal on the junior doctors contract in England are being extended into next week. The government and the doctors’ union have agreed to continue negotiating until Wednesday. The talks, hosted by conciliation service Acas, which started on Monday are seen as the last chance for the two sides to agree a deal.
13 May 2016
THE NHS, STAFFING AND GP SERVICES:
- Few of my patients want to see me at the weekend
Seven-day GP pilot schemes across the country have shown little demand for appointments at the weekend. In some areas the pilots have been stopped early as the cost did not justify the weekend surgeries – in one case each appointment was costing around £70 when during normal hours it stands at about £20.
10 May 2016
- NHS short of front-line staff after bad planning, say MPs
Bad planning and cost-cutting have left the NHS in England short of vital front-line staff, MPs are warning. The Public Accounts Committee said the shortfall in doctors, nurses and midwives could even get worse if ministers did not get a “better grip”. The group also warned there had been “no coherent attempt” to work out the staffing needed for a seven-day NHS.
10 May 2016
- ‘Serious flaws’ in government approach to NHS staffing, say MPs
Government plans for NHS staffing have “serious flaws” with trusts being set unrealistic efficiency targets that have led to shortfalls in the number of clinical staff, a committee of MPs has said.
There had also been “no coherent attempt” to assess whether additional clinical staff would be required to provide a “seven-day NHS” in the future, said the Commons’ public accounts committee.
11 May 2016
- Ombudsman: Patients sent home afraid and with little support
NHS patients in England are being sent home from hospital afraid and with little support, an ombudsman report reveals. The independent arbitrator investigated 211 such complaints in a year. Among them is the case of a 80-year-old woman, repeatedly sent home in a confused state to an empty house, only to be readmitted to hospital when neighbours raised the alarm.
11 May 2016
- Dead could be brought ‘back to life’ in groundbreaking project
A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs. Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life.
3 May 2016
- Study Suggests That Maple Syrup Can Kill Cancer
A new study published recently in the Oncology Reportsjournal reveals that maple syrup can inhibit the growth and further invasion of human colorectal cancer cells. The study is considered “provocative” because of numerous studies that implicate processed sugars as a cause of chronic disease and other health issues. Even more interesting is a recent study that suggests that sugar not only feeds cancer cells but can even induce it, therefore proving that sugar has oncogenic properties.
12 May 2016
FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
- Rates of syphilis around the world mapped by scientists
Scientists have drawn up maps showing the different rates of syphilis around the world.
The researchers, from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium, said it was clear that the development of penicillin had played an “important role” in the disease’s decline after production of the antibiotic was stepped up in the years following the Second World War.
However, they said in some parts of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, syphilis had demonstrated “more resilience”.
11 May 2016
GOOD NEWS STORIES!
- Baby Biagio is first in Britain to be born through new chromosome screening technique
Meet Biagio Russu, the first baby born in Britain using a ground-breaking embryo screening technique which could hugely improve fertility rates for couples using IVF.
Ewa Wybacz, 36 and Sergio Russu, 42, from Oxford turned to fertility treatment after years of failing to conceive naturally.
8 May 2016
- Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks, scientists say
After much media build-up, Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, has announced updated guidelines on low-risk drinking for the UK. Today’s announcement has been in the pipeline since the previous government announced in 2012 it intended to have them reviewed. And over the last year there’s been growing speculation as to just what the new guidelines might look like.
11 May 2016