Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Here is the latest NHS and Healthcare News from the last week that our Team focused upon at Medical Solicitors!

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS could struggle post-Brexit without EU citizen staff, Department of Health officials admitRead our latest NHS and Healthcare news

The NHS employs around 55,000 staff who are EU citizens, amounting to a tenth of the overall workforce. It is currently unknown whether freedom of movement and employment rights will change for EU citizens following the referendum vote, prompting uncertainty over future staffing levels.

23 August 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-could-struggle-post-brexit-without-eu-citizen-staff-department-of-health-officials-admit-a7204551.html

  • Fewer people quitting through smoking cessation services

The number of smokers who successfully quit through the NHS smoking cessation services has tumbled for the fourth consecutive year, official statistics show. The number of people who managed to quit the habit between April 2015 and March 2016 fell to 195,170 – a fall of 15% on 2014/2015 figures.

23 August 2016

  • GPs face ban on routine bariatric surgery referrals amid CCG review

GPs in one area could face a complete ban on routine referrals to weight-loss surgery under CCG plans out for public consultation. Under the plans, NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG is looking at only funding bariatric surgery in ‘exceptional’ circumstances.

25 August 2016

www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/commissioning/gps-face-ban-on-routine-bariatric-surgery-referrals-amid-ccg-review/20032656.article

  • Stafford hospital A&E stops seeing children amid safe staffing fears

Emergency services for children at County Hospital in Staffordshire have been suspended because of safety concerns amid a shortage of accident and emergency nursing and medical staff with specialist paediatric skills.

25 August 2016

www.nursingtimes.net/news/hospital/safe-staffing-fears-lead-ae-to-stop-seeing-children/7010162.article

  • NHS cuts ‘planned across England’

Plans are being drawn up that could see cuts to NHS services across England. The BBC has seen draft sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) which propose ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas.

26 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37186455

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Barbecued rare burgers ‘pose food poisoning risk’

The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to eat burgers that are pink in the middle, to avoid the risk of food poisoning at summer barbecues. It says cases of food poisoning double in summer months – in part due to undercooked meat.

25 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37174082

  • New alcohol guidelines could encourage ‘ladette’ behaviour, experts fear

New alcohol guidelines could give women the “false impression” they can drink at unsafe levels, by telling them they can drink as much as men, health officials have admitted. The government’s recommendations say that both men and women should drink no more than 14 units a week – equivalent around six glasses of wine.

25 August 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/25/booze-guidelines-could-encourage-ladette-behaviour-experts-fear/

  • Rotavirus infections ‘greatly reduced’ since vaccine

Rotavirus infections fell by 84% in England since a vaccine for babies was introduced in 2013, figures from Public Health England suggest. Recorded cases dropped from an average of 14,510 a year in the decade before the vaccine was introduced to just 2,287 between July 2015 and June 2016.

25 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37176555

  • Mary Berry Calls For Sugary Drinks Ban And Reveals How She Stays Healthy While Filming ‘Bake Off’

Mary Berry may be busy trying dozens of cakes every week on ‘The Great British Bake Off’, but she’s encouraged the nation to stick to healthier diets. The 81-year-old has called for a ban on all sugary drinks and said the key to healthy eating is enjoying “everything in moderation”.

26 August 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/mary-berry-healthy-eating-advice-ban-on-sugary-drinks_uk_57bffc13e4b09848180b06f7?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • HRT nearly triples risk of women developing breast cancer, major study finds

The risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may have been underestimated, experts have said. Taking the treatment to combat the effects of the menopause could mean that women are 2.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who are not, a new study found.

23 August 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/hrt-breast-cancer-risks-hormone-replacement-therapy-combined-what-is-a7204786.html

  • Certain carbohydrates do not make you gain weight, research says

Carbohydrates have largely been shunned by the health-conscious in recent years but certain kinds do not actually cause weight gain, research has indicated. Known as resistant starches, they naturally occur in certain carbohydrate-rich foods such as beans and legumes, whole grains and even rice and potatoes.

24 August 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/carbohydrates-bad-do-not-gain-weight-fat-research-a7207666.html

  • Smokers With A Newly Discovered Genetic Marker Are More Likely To Get Lung Cancer

Smokers with particular genetic markers may have higher nicotine metabolisms, increasing how much they smoke and, consequently, the risk of lung cancer. Scientists in Hawaii identified differences in the CYP2A6 gene that are linked to a high rate of nicotine metabolism.

26 August 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/smokers-with-a-newly-discovered-genetic-marker-are-more-likely-to-get-lung-cancer_uk_57c01859e4b09848180b265d?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Lifelike baby dolls designed to deter teenage pregnancies actually have opposite effect, scientists find

lifelike baby dolls that cry and are designed to stop teenage pregnancies actually increase the number of underage mothers, suggests new research. The baby simulators form part of sex education classes across the world and are touted as a key weapon to discourage girls from having sex.

26 August 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/26/lifelike-baby-dolls-designed-to-deter-teenage-pregnancies-actual/

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:       

  • Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, says new study

Texas is scrambling to explain why it has suffered the sharpest increase in maternal deaths of anywhere in the US – a rate of mortality not matched anywhere within the developed world. A new study has found the number of women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014.

22 August 2016

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/texas-maternal-mortality-rate-highest-in-developed-world-a7204016.html

  • Soda Consumption Falls After Special Tax in California City

Consumption of soda and other sugary drinks fell by more than a fifth in low-income neighborhoods of Berkeley after the California city became the first in the U.S. to introduce a special tax last year, according to a study published Tuesday.

23 August 2016

www.wsj.com/articles/soda-consumption-falls-after-special-tax-in-california-city-1471982400

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Firefighter Patrick Hardison overjoyed with world’s most extensive facial transplant

A volunteer firefighter who suffered catastrophic burn injuries in 2001 after the house he had rushed into collapsed on top of him says he finally has his life back after undergoing the most extensive face transplant in history.

25 August 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/25/man-overjoyed-with-worlds-most-extensive-facial-transplant/

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