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:

  • Man who lost his penis to flesh-eating superbug sues Essex hospitalRead our latest NHS and Healthcare news

A cancer patient is to sue an Essex hospital after he lost most of his penis to a flesh-eating superbug.  Andrew Lane, 61, contracted the infection necrotising fasciitis while undergoing an operation to have his prostate gland removed at Southend Hospital.

8 December 2016

 

  • NHS paramedics to get pay rises of at least £4,400

Paramedics are set for pay rises worth at least £4,400 from the Department of Health and NHS Employers amid trade unions’ concerns that their members were not being paid properly for their life-saving work. About 12,000 of the health workers – who are trained in emergency medical care and first aid, but not to the level of a qualified doctor – will be affected by the agreement, which will increase starting salaries from £21,909 to £26,302.

9 December 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/09/nhs-paramedics-get-pay-rises

  • Council tax hike being considered to cover social care costs

Ministers are looking at increasing council tax to pay for social care but have been warned that it will not tackle funding problems which are “out of control”. Experts, including the former Tory health secretary Stephen Dorrell, have warned of a growing cash crisis hitting local government and the NHS.

12 December 2016

www.theguardian.com/money/2016/dec/12/council-tax-hike-being-considered-to-cover-social-care-costs

  • Experienced nurse fired from job after offering to pray for patients waiting for surgery

A nurse with 15 years’ experience who offered to pray for patients waiting for surgery has been sacked from her job for gross misconduct. Sister Sarah Kuteh was accused of holding “unwanted discussions” which allegedly upset patients and ignoring conduct guidelines on discussing personal beliefs.

11 December 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/11/experienced-nurse-fired-job-offering-pray-patients-waiting-surgery/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Baby boomers should ‘stay in work to keep healthy’

England’s chief medical officer has called on people aged between 50 and 70 to keep working to stay healthy. In a report on the health of the so-called baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, Prof Dame Sally Davies said the physical and mental health benefits of being employed or volunteering “should not be underestimated”.

8 December 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38249979

  • Swinging sixty-somethings see swell in sexually transmitted diseases

Sexually transmitted infections are soaring among baby boomers, the country’s most senior doctor has warned, with rising divorce rates and unsafe sex fuelling the surge. Prof Dame Sally Davies said older women without fear of pregnancy and men who had undergone vasectomies were increasingly putting themselves at risk of infections.

8 December 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/08/swinging-sixty-somethings-see-swell-sexually-transmitted-diseases/

  • Contraceptive cuts: Warning over rise in abortions

Many GPs in England have stopped providing some forms of contraception because of funding cuts, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. Some clinicians have said cuts to contraceptive services will mean “more unplanned pregnancies and abortions”.

12 December 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38250580

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Regular cannabis use could damage eyesight, study suggests

Regularly smoking cannabis may damage users’ eyesight by triggering an abnormality in the retina, a new study has found. Researchers in France tested 28 cannabis smokers and 24 people who did not use the drug to see how well their retinal cells responded to electrical signals.

8 December 2016

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cannabis-eyesight-vision-damage-toxic-effects-study-a7463331.html

  • Rise in foreign holidays set to cause skin cancer spike, scientists warn

The number of Britons developing the two most common forms of skin cancer is set to soar because people are taking more foreign holidays, scientists have warned. Cases of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) are forecast to rise by 78 per cent by 2025 as people are exposed to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays during increasingly common overseas breaks.

9 December 2016

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/skin-cancer-holidays-sun-spike-warning-a7465796.html

  • ‘Kangaroo mothering’ helps boost a child’s health and intelligence, study finds

Kangaroo mothering”, the practice of continuous skin-to-skin contact with a newborn baby, results in healthier, more intelligent and successful offspring, a new study reveals. A 20-year follow-up from a landmark trial found that those nurtured in the kangaroo method scored higher in IQ tests and earned 53 per cent more.

12 December 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/12/kangaroo-mothering-helps-boost-childs-health-intelligence-study/

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Colombia Zika outbreak: microcephaly cases four times higher this year

Cases of microcephaly in Colombia were four times higher this year than last, an increase that coincides with a widespread outbreak of the Zika virus in the country, according to a report released on Friday. At its peak in July, microcephaly cases in Colombia were nine times higher than in the same month in 2015, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on death and disease.

9 December 2016

www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/zika-outbreak-microcephaly-cases-colombia-sharp-increase

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Mental health and relationships ‘key to happiness’

Good mental health and having a partner make people happier than doubling their income, a new study has found. The research by the London School of Economics looked at responses from 200,000 people on how different factors impacted their wellbeing.

12 December 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38285223

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