Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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

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  • Babies dying amid wrangles over NHS funding, experts warn

Babies are dying and mothers and unborn children put at needless risk because of wrangles over NHS funding, doctors have warned.

15 June 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/15/babies-dying-amid-wrangles-over-nhs-funding-experts-warn/

  • South West NHS 111 service rated inadequate

A “consistently failing” NHS patient helpline has been rated inadequate in a “damning” report. Patients requiring emergency care in the South West were left waiting “for long periods”, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found.

16 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36539768

  • NHS boss says promise of £8bn in extra funding may be far from enough

The boss of the NHS has told Jeremy Hunt that the health service may need closer to £21bn extra over the next few years, far more than the £8bn ministers have promised.

17 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/17/nhs-boss-says-promise-of-8bn-in-extra-funding-may-be-far-from-enough

  • NHS student bursary cut ‘reckless’, unions say

Plans to scrap bursaries for student nurses and other NHS staff in England are reckless, unions and charities say. Ministers plan to overhaul the system in September 2017 and charge those studying to be front-line health workers for their degrees.

19 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36561619

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Hundreds of Young People Die of Blood Clots

DVT had previously been thought to be a problem in surgery patients or the elderly.

But the new figures, obtained by the thrombosis charity Lifeblood from the Office of National Statistics, reveal an alarming number of young people are killed by the condition.

28 May 2016

news.sky.com/story/782122/hundreds-of-young-people-die-of-blood-clots

For our page on DVT and Pulmonary Embolism negligence claims click here

  • Mother raised £20,000 for hospital after her baby son died – only to discover doctors had spent years covering up blunders that led to his death

A bereft mother raised £20,000 for a hospital where her baby son died only to discover that medics had spent years covering up the blunders that led to his death.

14 June 2016

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3640952/Mother-raised-20-000-hospital-baby-son-died-discover-doctors-spend-years-covering-blunders-led-death.html

  • Prince William urges fathers to discuss mental health with children

The Duke of Cambridge has urged fathers to discuss mental health with their children and families and be more open about their own feelings as he celebrates his third Father’s Day as a parent. Prince William wrote about the importance of families discussing young people’s mental health problems, warning that left unresolved they can “alter the course of a child’s life forever”.

18 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/18/prince-william-fathers-day-mental-health-children-illness

  • Pregnant women with epilepsy ‘need specialist care’

Pregnant women with epilepsy should be treated by a specialist healthcare team to prevent unnecessary deaths, according to new national guidelines. Produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the guidelines recommend women seek advice well before pregnancy on their care.

20 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36559424

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Pioneering cancer drug combination approved

A pioneering pair of cancer drugs that unleash the immune system on tumours will be paid for by the NHS in England. In trials, the combination therapy shrank the most aggressive and deadly type of skin cancer in 69% of patients.

17 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36549674

  • Exercise four hours after learning ‘boosts memory’

Intensive physical exercise four hours after learning is the key to remembering information learnt, say Dutch researchers. Exercise is known to release proteins that can boost the part of the brain related to memory, and this study suggests the timing of it is crucial.

17 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36549897

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Queensland doctor in abortion case says more teenagers face ‘appalling’ choice

More children with unwanted pregnancies will be forced to go before Queensland courts or travel interstate to seek abortions after a recent legal ruling on a 12-year-old girl, according to a doctor involved in the case.

15 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/16/queensland-doctor-abortion-more-teenagers-face-appalling-choice

  • Philadelphia to bring in ‘soda tax’ to fight obesity

Philadelphia has introduced a levy on carbonated sugary drinks, despite a multi-million-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.

It will become the first major US city to implement a so-called “soda tax”, which supporters say will improve the health of 1.5 million residents.

16 June 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36553964

  • Japan’s dementia crisis hits record levels as thousands go missing

A record number of Japanese people with dementia went missing last year, according to figures released on Thursday, underlining the country’s battle to care for the rapidly increasing number of people who have the condition.

16 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/16/record-12208-people-with-dementia-reported-missing-in-japan

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Into the woods: how walks are improving mental health

A trailblazing approach to mental health by Forestry Commission Scotland and local health boards is seeing service users go on activity-filled woodland walks. Now, walks are being used by Scottish health services as an aid for those with mental health conditions.

14 June 2016

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/jun/14/woodland-walks-mental-health-forestry-commission-scotland-health-boards

  • Millions of patients to get access to life-saving gadgets, under NHS plan

Millions of patients will get access to life-saving gadgets that can diagnose conditions in less than a minute, the head of the NHS will announce today.

17 June 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/17/millions-of-patients-to-get-access-to-life-saving-gadgets-under/

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