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!
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ALL ABOUT THE NHS AND JUNIOR DOCTORS:

  • 1,000 GP practices to display anti-terrorism posters

Anti-terrorism posters in six different languages are set to appear in 1,000 practices across the UK. The posters – in Arabic, Urdu, Benglai, Somali, English and Welsh – will be displayed in waiting rooms and are designed to combat the ‘growing problem of extremists targeting children’ as part of a campaign by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

31 August 2016

www.pulsetoday.co.uk/home/finance-and-practice-life-news/1000-gp-practices-to-display-anti-terrorism-posters/20032681.article

  • Junior doctors’ strike: Jeremy Hunt refuses to negotiate over NHS contract imposition

Jeremy Hunt has indicated he is not prepared to negotiate over the forced imposition of a new junior doctors’ contract that has prompted a five-day strike by junior doctors. The Health Secretary blamed doctors for patients left in “pain” during the strike, which will take place from 8.00am to 5.00pm every day from 12 to 16 September. More dates are expected to follow.

1 September 2016

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/junior-doctors-strike-jeremy-hunt-refuses-to-negotiate-over-nhs-contract-imposition-a7219406.html

  • Out-of-hours shifts being run with no GPs due to recruitment crisis

A GP out-of-hours provider covering 300,000 patients has been running overnight shifts without any GPs on the rota. NHS Doncaster CCG said its out-of-hours provider FCMS had struggled with a shortage of GPs, forcing it to staff shifts with only nurses and other healthcare professionals.

1 September 2016

www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/commissioning/commissioning-topics/urgent-care/out-of-hours-shifts-being-run-with-no-gps-due-to-recruitment-crisis/20032544.article

  • Junior doctors row: Medical leaders criticise strikes

Medical leaders have criticised the proposed series of five-day strikes by junior doctors, as the row over a new contract intensifies. A week of strikes by junior doctors this month will be followed by three more five-day walkouts in October, November and December in England.

2 September 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37253067

  • Obese patients ‘surgery ban’ in York to be reviewed

A move that could have seen obese patients refused surgery in an attempt to save money is to be reviewed after national NHS bosses intervened. A proposed restriction by the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group would have seen non-life threatening procedures delayed by a year for those with a body mass index exceeding 30.

3 September 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-37265752

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Diabetes-Related Amputations Reach All-Time High Of 20 A Day

Shocking new statistics have revealed that 20 diabetes-related amputations are being performed in England every day. The annual number of diabetes-related amputations in England is now 7,370 a year, compared to the previous figure of 7,042, said charity Diabetes UK.

31 August 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/diabetes-related-amputations-all-time-high-diabetes-uk_uk_57c6955de4b085cf1ecc7038?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • New NICE guidance to deliver the best care for people using NHS mental health services

Experts who developed the guideline found that poor transition could be damaging to vulnerable patients. They may become dependent on the hospital’s care or struggle to keep in touch with family and friends once they are back home. In addition to the personal cost for patients, poor transition is costly for the NHS if people remain in hospital due to to delayed discharges.

31 August 2016

www.nice.org.uk/News/Article/new-nice-guidance-to-deliver-the-best-care-for-people-using-nhs-mental-health-services

  • One In Three Children Leave Primary School Overweight, Creating ‘Norm For XL Uniform’

One in three children finish primary school either overweight or obese, a leading cancer charity has warned. New figures from Cancer Research UK show that every year, 57,100 children who start primary school in England at a healthy weight are obese or overweight by the time they leave.

1 September 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/children-overweight-obese-finish-primary-school_uk_57c7e06ae4b01e359229bc76?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Organ transplants: Ethnic minorities urged to discuss donations

A shortage of transplant organs for black people and Asians in the UK is being caused by a lack of donations from within those communities, NHS Blood and Transplant has said. Fewer than a third of black and Asian families allow a dead relative’s organs to be used, compared with two-thirds of white families.

1 September 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37236075

  • Radioactive prostate cancer drug given NHS go-ahead

A radioactive prostate cancer drug has been recommended for routine NHS use following a decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). Radium-223 dichloride, marketed as Xofigo, could be made available for treating prostate cancer patients as early as December.

2 September 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/02/radioactive-prostate-cancer-drug-given-nhs-go-ahead

  • Military charities ‘accused of exaggerating problem of post-traumatic stress disorder’

Military charities have been accused of exaggerating the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans in an effort to raise money. Ed Parker, chief executive of Walking with the Wounded, said the strategy had shifted from showing physical injuries because the withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan meant there were fewer wounded soldiers.

2 September 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/02/military-charities-accused-of-exaggerating-problem-of–post-trau/

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Google DeepMind targets NHS head and neck cancer treatment

Anonymised CT and MRI scans from 700 former University College London Hospital radiotherapy patients will be analysed by Google’s artificial intelligence division, DeepMind. The aim is to develop an algorithm that can automatically differentiate between healthy and cancerous tissues.

31 August 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37230806

  • Zika: Two billion at risk in Africa and Asia, study says

More than two billion people could be at risk from Zika virus outbreaks in parts of Africa and Asia, according to scientists writing in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Populations in India, Indonesia and Nigeria are some of the most vulnerable to transmission, the researchers said.

2 September 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37244577

  • HPV infection rates plummet after vaccine with China the next frontier

The virologist and cancer researcher Dr Jian Zhou had an important goal after creating a vaccine for the cancer-causing human papillomavirus in a Queensland laboratory. He wanted to see the vaccine made widely available in his home country of China, which today accounts for more than 28% of the world’s cervical cancer cases.

4 September 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/05/hpv-infection-rates-plummet-after-vaccine-with-china-the-next-frontier

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:       

  • NYC subway exposes commuters to noise as loud as a jet engine

We walked around New York with a decibel meter to determine just how dangerous city noise is. To get a sense of how much volume many of us experience just by going to work or meeting a friend for a meal, I decided to measure the normal din that 8.5 million New Yorkers experience every day.

31 August 2016

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/aug/31/new-york-city-subway-trains-noise-pollution-jet-engine

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Holidays boost health for a month after returning…and even alter genes to enhance immune system

people suffering back-to-work-blues after their summer holiday should take heart after scientists found the benefits of a vacation are physical as well as psychological, and can last for a month after returning home. Although previous studies have shown that getting away has a positive impact on mental health the new research is the first to prove that a retreat can actually change how our genes function.

1 September 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/09/01/holidays-boost-health-for-a-month-after-returningand-even-alter/

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