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:

  • Read our latest NHS and Healthcare newsCall the Midwife actor sees son’s inquest halted amid claims NHS tampered with evidence

A coroner has halted an inquest into the death of an actor’s baby son amid claims the NHS tampered with evidence which could result in criminal charges. Benjamin King, son of British TV star Jamie King, died from severe brain damage five days after being born by emergency caesarean section on May 5.

17 November 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/17/inquest-into-death-of-acting-couples-baby-halted-amid-claims-nhs/

  • NHS £8bn budget plan ‘not enough’, say hospital bosses

Patients in England will see rising waiting times, rationing and cuts in the number of staff unless the NHS gets more money, health bosses say. A five-year plan to increase the budget by £8bn a year by 2020 was only set out last year, but now hospital bosses have warned that is not enough.

18 November 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38019771

  • Inadequate mental health provision is a ‘stain on our country’, former Health Secretaries warn 

Inadequate mental health provision is a “stain on our country”, every former Health Secretary from last 20 years has said in an open letter attacking Government’s failure to support patients. The letter has urged Ministers to honour a pledge made by the former Prime Minister David Cameron, to ensure the NHS treats mental and physical health equally.

18 November 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/18/inadequate-mental-health-provision-is-a-stain-on-our-country-for/

  • NHS cuts in Devon: ‘If these services end my boys will for certain die’

The proximity of North Devon district hospital to Anne-marie Wiles’ home – it is less than five minutes away – is crucial. Her twin sons, Jed and Peirce, were given just six months to live after being born with multiple complex health needs.

18 November 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/18/nhs-cuts-in-devon-if-these-services-end-my-boys-will-for-certain-die

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Dementia overtakes heart disease to become leading cause of death in England and Wales

More people now die from dementia than heart disease in England and Wales. Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia were the leading cause of death last year, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

14 November 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/dementia-alzheimers-leading-cause-of-death-heart-disease-england-wales-ons-a7415996.html

  • British children among the least active in the world, with exercise ‘stripped out’ of modern lives

British children are among the least active in the world, and fitness levels are plummeting, a damning international study has found. Experts said the results were alarming, showing that movement was being “stripped out” of modern lifestyles, with children weaned on screen-time and starved of outdoor activity.

20 November 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/20/british-children-among-the-least-active-in-the-world-with-exerci/

  • ‘Five a day’ advice should be abandoned because fruit and vegetables are too expensive, GP’s chief says

The Government should stop advising people to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day because it is demoralising for those who cannot afford to do so, the chair of the Royal College of GPs has said.

20 November 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/five-a-day-scrapped-fruit-vegetables-healthy-eating-helen-stokes-lampard-gps-royal-college-a7428121.html

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Vitamin D Linked to Longer Breast Cancer Survival

Higher vitamin D levels may be linked to longer breast cancer survival, a new study reports, and the effect is particularly strong among premenopausal women.

14 November 2016

www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/well/live/vitamin-d-linked-to-longer-breast-cancer-survival.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  • Alcohol-linked cancer deaths could reach 7,000 a year by 2035, study suggests

Around 135,000 people will die from cancer caused by alcohol over the next 20 years, costing the NHS £2 billion, figures show. Analysis from Cancer Research UK shows that, by 2035, the UK could see 7,097 cancer deaths every year linked to drinking.

18 November 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/alcohol-cancer-death-7000-cancer-research-uk-a7424056.html

  • Bagged salad is Salmonella risk, study finds

Bagged salad can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like Salmonella and make them more dangerous, a study says. University of Leicester scientists said the moist environment combined with nutrients leaching out of chopped leaves created the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

18 November 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38026695

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Berlin to trial legal marijuana scheme

Berlin is on course to at least semi-legalising marijuana after a cross-party movement agreed on a ground-breaking pilot scheme. The capital’s Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party have agreed on a “controlled distribution of cannabis to adults” project.

14 November 2016

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/berlin-cannabis-marijuana-legalisation-scheme-germany-a7416151.html

  • Zika virus ‘no longer an emergency’ – WHO

The mosquito-borne Zika virus will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared. By lifting its nine-month-old declaration, the UN’s health agency is acknowledging that Zika is here to stay.

18 November 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38032989

  • Baby bracelet aims to save newborns in India from hypothermia

At the upmarket Cloudnine hospital in Gurgaon, the latest accessory among parents is a temperature-taking bracelet for newborns. The bracelets, made by Bangalore-based startup Bempu, constantly monitor a baby’s temperature and sound an alert if it goes too high or too low.

20 November 2016

www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/nov/20/baby-bracelet-save-newborns-india-hypothermia

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Terminally ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body

A 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be preserved, in case she could be cured in the future, won a historic legal fight shortly before her death. The girl, who was terminally ill with a rare cancer, was supported by her mother in her wish to be cryogenically preserved – but not by her father.

18 November 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38012267

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