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!Read our latest NHS and Healthcare news

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Medical mistakes at GPs’ surgeries and pharmacies ‘led to 12 child deaths in nine years’

Twelve children died and 41 were “severely harmed” because of mistakes by doctors and other problems with their medical treatment over a nine-year period in England and Wales, according to new research. The study, which looked at primary care safety reports about patients under the age of 18, found there had been 2,191 safety incidents between January 2005 and December 2013. Of those, 658 were described as “harmful”. Primary care mostly means GPs, community nurses and community pharmacies.

17 January 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/medical-mistakes-gps-pharmacies-child-deaths-a7532176.html

 Drug cost-saving plans may hit patients

Patients in England may face delays getting new drugs or go without them if NHS bosses proceed with plans to try to cut the cost of expensive treatments. The proposals will mean only those drugs that cost less than £20m a year will be paid for – about a fifth of new treatments cost more than this.

19 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38669588

  • Man evicted from hospital for blocking bed for two years

A hospital applied for a court order to remove a patient who had occupied a bed “unnecessarily” for more than two years. The man, who has not been named by the hospital, had refused to leave the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk. The hospital said he had been “fit for discharge” and had been offered appropriate accommodation.

20 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-38680031

  • Fifty-two NHS hospitals sent patients elsewhere in busiest week yet

The NHS experienced the busiest week in its history last week, with record numbers of hospitals having to send patients elsewhere or declare a major alert. Fifty-two hospital trusts had to send ambulances elsewhere between 8 and 15 January, up from 39 the previous week and 27 in the second week of January last year, NHS England figures show.

20 January 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/20/fifty-two-nhs-hospitals-send-patients-elsewhere-in-busiest-week

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Sepsis: Symptoms And Treatment For Potentially Deadly Condition That Kills 44,000 Each Year

Experts have warned members of the public to not be “martyrs” if they experience sepsis symptoms this winter. While many have been told to keep away from doctor’s surgeries if they have coughs and colds, there are concerns that those with sepsis may also stay away and not seek the potentially life-saving help they need.

17 January 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sepsis-symptoms-and-treatment-explained_uk_587dee61e4b05f88cb566d7c?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 Director’s Note from Caroline Moore:

Sepsis negligence claims are unfortunately not uncommon. Sepsis itself is not rare and can be triggered by an injury or common infection. It often develops because a patient has not sought medical attention and has left their infection until a very late stage. Sadly, in other cases, there is medical neglect, leading to death from septic shock. Read our full article here: www.medical-solicitors.com/sepsis-negligence-claims/

 

  • ‘Huge leap’ in prostate cancer testing

The biggest leap in diagnosing prostate cancer “in decades” has been made using new scanning equipment, say doctors and campaigners. Using advanced MRI nearly doubles the number of aggressive tumours that are caught. And the trial on 576 men, published in the Lancet, showed more than a quarter could be spared invasive biopsies, which can lead to severe side-effects.

20 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38665618

  • Woman Shares Cosmetic Surgery Warning After Fillers Left Her Feeling ‘Like A Monster’

Please note: This article contains images of a medical nature that some may consider graphic.

A woman is warning others about the potential dangers of undergoing cosmetic procedures after botched fillers left her feeling “like a monster”. Carol Bryan, 54, began to have botox injections around her eyes to reduce the signs of ageing in her thirties.

20 January 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/carol-bryan-shares-cosmetic-surgery-warning-after-botched-fillers_uk_5881ef59e4b020854097eccb?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Scientists develop molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance

Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in the fight against superbugs.

Researchers have developed a molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance in multiple strains of bacteria at once. Infections which were previously easily treatable have grown immune to antibiotics – but scientists have now created a molecule that attacks an enzyme which makes bacteria resistant.

21 January 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/antibiotics-breakthrough-resistance-disease-health-infections-scientists-oregon-state-a7539721.html

  • Youngest children in class more likely to get ADHD medication, study says

The youngest children in class are more likely than their older classmates to receive medication for ADHD (attention deficit hpyeractivity disorder), a study has found. The Western Australian study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, has again raised concerns children are being misdiagnosed with the psychiatric disorder and medicated for what could simply be age-related immaturity.

22 January 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/23/youngest-children-in-class-more-likely-to-get-adhd-medication-study-says

  • Browned toast and potatoes are ‘potential cancer risk’, say food scientists

Bread, chips and potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a chemical which could cause cancer, government food scientists are warning. Acrylamide is produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled for too long at high temperatures. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends carefully following cooking instructions and avoiding browning.

23 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38680622

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Japanese government tells people to stop overworking to combat death from excessive hours

The Japanese government has announced measures to limit the amount of overtime employees can do – in an attempt to stop people literally working themselves to death. A fifth of Japan’s workforce are at risk of death by overwork, known as karoshi, as they work more than 80 hours of overtime each month, according to a government survey.

18 January 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-government-tell-people-stop-overwork-overtime-excessive-hours-work-jobs-birth-rate-karoshi-a7532831.html

  • German MPs vote to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes

Germany’s lower house of parliament has passed a law legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. People with serious illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, or a lack of appetite or nausea, could be offered marijuana under the law. Patients will only have the right to be treated with cannabis “in very limited exceptional cases” and they will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis, according to the bill.

19 January 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/19/german-mps-vote-to-legalise-cannabis-for-medicinal-purposes

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Transgender man explains decision to have a phalloplasty

A transgender man has spoken openly about how having a phalloplasty made him feel like a completed person.  Phalloplasty is the construction or reconstruction of a penis using surgery, and some transgender people who are transitioning from female to male go under the knife for the surgery. A 21-year-old man from Colorado, who wishes to remain anonymous, talked to The Independent about his decision to undergo surgery after living as a man for three years from the age of 18.

20 January 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/transgender-man-explains-phalloplasty-create-penis-genitals-transition-a7537226.html

  • Changing Lives One Song At A Time: How Singing Helps The Choir With No Name’s Homeless Choirs

Ever wondered why you feel so good after belting out Bohemian Rhapsody in the shower, or why duetting Islands in the Stream with your buddies leaves you grinning from ear to ear? It’s because singing is really good for you, and over the past nine years since The Choir with No Name first opened it’s doors to people affected by homelessness, we’ve seen over and over again the remarkable impact singing together can have on the lives of our members.

20 January 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rachel-clare/changing-lives-one-song-a_b_14218458.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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