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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  • Senior GP Helen Stokes-Lampard voices fears for services

Britain’s leading GP says she is “profoundly concerned” about how doctors will cope with demand over the busy winter period. Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs Council, said general practice was “skating on thin ice”, warning: “Something has to give”.

29 December 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38453534

  • NHS rationing: hip-replacement patients needlessly suffering in pain on operation waiting lists

Hundreds of thousands of elderly people are needlessly suffering in pain while they wait for hip operations because care is being rationed by the NHS, leading doctors have warned.

The waiting list for hip, knee and other orthopaedic operations has risen by a quarter over the past eight years to more than half a million in 2016.

1 January 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/31/nhs-rationing-hip-replacement-patients-needlessly-suffering/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Breast implants and other medical items get safety barcodes

Barcodes are being printed on breast implants and other medical items for patient safety reasons. The Department of Health initiative is to avoid future scandals like the PIP breast implant scare of 2010.

29 December 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38403388

  • Say goodbye to kale: the superfood trends for 2017 – and five new ingredients to watch

According to Mintel’s 2017 global food and drink report, plant-based diets are set to explode into the mainstream this year, which makes sense, given that veganism has grown a staggering 360 per cent in the last decade.

2 January 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/diet/say-goodbye-kale-superfood-trends-2017-five-new-ingredients/

  • Nine health and fitness gurus share their New Year resolutions

Last year, I got into the habit of writing down before bed what I hope to achieve the following day – in any order, just as things occur to me. I then rank them in order of priority, and put the list out where I can see it in the morning.

2 January 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/health-advice/nine-health-fitness-gurus-share-new-year-resolutions/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Ice, Zika and babies from three people – health in 2016

This year has seen the birth of the first three-person baby, a dangerous Zika epidemic and a huge injustice overturned by medical science. There were also breakthroughs in a range of deadly diseases.

30 December 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38409089

  • Is breakfast actually bad for you?

Over the years, food trends come and go. No sooner does a study or headline declare a type of food or way of eating as healthy, another comes along to say it isn’t.

1 January 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/breakfast-actually-bad/

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • ‘Patients who should live are dying’: Greece’s public health meltdown

Rising mortality rates, an increase in life-threatening infections and a shortage of staff and medical equipment are crippling Greece’s health system as the country’s dogged pursuit of austerity hammers the weakest in society.

1 January 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/01/patients-dying-greece-public-health-meltdown

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Honour for 83-year-old Samaritans volunteer

An 83-year old volunteer charity worker who has been helping vulnerable people for 57 years has been appointed MBE. Alan Woodhouse, a former teacher who helped set up the Samaritans’ Liverpool branch in 1960, says everyone should volunteer because “it will enrich your life.”

30 December 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38467858

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