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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  • Soaring numbers of ambulances left stuck outside overstretched A&Es

Ambulance crews are wasting up to 500,000 hours a year stuck outside Accident & Emergency departments, leaving 999 calls waiting up to 45 minutes for a response, a report warns. The National Audit Office (NAO) said just one of the country’s 10 ambulance services was now meeting response targets, which aim to ensure that life-threatening calls receive prompt attention.

26 January 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/soaring-numbers-ambulances-left-stuck-outside-overstretched/ 

  • Cuts planned to Worcestershire hip and knee operations

Cost-cutting plans to slash the number of people eligible for hip and knee replacements have been criticised by surgeons. Three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Worcestershire plan to only treat the most severe cases where pain interferes with daily life and ability to sleep. Bosses said changing the scoring system to cut operations will save £2m a year.

27 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-38770046

  • Boss of London hospital trust featured in BBC2 ‘cancelled operations’ documentary to quit

The boss of the London hospital trust seen in a groundbreaking TV documentary battling against crisis levels of patient demand and cash shortages is to quit, the Standard can reveal. The revelation that highly respected Dr Tracey Batten is to leave Imperial College Healthcare, which runs five west London hospitals including St Mary’s and Charing Cross, will send shockwaves across the NHS.

27 January 2017

www.standard.co.uk/news/health/boss-of-london-hospital-trust-featured-in-cancelled-operations-documentary-to-quit-a3451621.html

  • GPs get £20m scheme to help them cope with stress

Family doctors with heavy workloads are to receive specialist help to cope with the stress of their jobs in a groundbreaking new NHS initiative. All 55,000 GPs in England will be able to seek counselling or medication from mental health nurses and psychiatrists in a £20m scheme to keep them healthy. The NHS GP Health Service will be trialled in 13 areas and then rolled out nationally if it proves its worth.

29 January 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/29/gps-help-with-stress-counselling-mental-health

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Cervical cancer screening attendance hits 19 year low

Cervical screening tests are a vital method of preventing cancer through the detection and treatment of abnormalities in the cervix, but new research shows that the number of women using this service has dropped to a 19 year low. Charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has found that the number of women attending potentially life-saving cervical screening tests in England is falling. The research, obtained by a series of Freedom of Information requests sent to every local authority in England, found that over 1.12 million women did not attend a cervical screening test in the last year.

24 January 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cervical-cancer-screening-attendance-uk-hits-19-year-low-nhs-women-health-jos-cervical-trust-charity-a7543646.html 

  • Tomorrow’s Cities: What can be done to improve air quality?

Part two of our series “A day in the life of a city” looks at the ways in which offices are changing and how cities are coping with the ever-growing problem of pollution. The morning rush hour is over and, if you live in a city in the developed world, you are likely to be settling down at your desk for the next eight or so hours.

25 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37372119

  • Appeal right granted in abortion pills case

A mother accused of buying abortion pills online has been granted leave to seek a Judicial Review into a decision to prosecute her. The woman allegedly bought the pills for her teenage daughter. She is accused of procuring and supplying poison with the intent to cause a miscarriage in July 2013.

26 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-38759822

  • Drugs firms are accused of putting cancer patients at risk over price hikes

Drug companies have been accused of profiteering by raising the prices of out-of-patent cancer medicines that cost just pence to make, inflating the bills of the cash-strapped NHS by hundreds of millions of pounds. Academics say the prices of 14 cancer drugs have increased by between 100% and nearly 1,000% over the past five years in the UK. These are all generic drugs where the patent has expired, which means they can be made for little more than the cost of the raw ingredients.

28 January 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/28/nhs-drug-firms-cancer-patients-at-risk-prices-inflated

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Artificial intelligence ‘as good as cancer doctors’

Artificial intelligence can identify skin cancer in photographs with the same accuracy as trained doctors, say scientists. The Stanford University team said the findings were “incredibly exciting” and would now be tested in clinics. Eventually, they believe using AI could revolutionise healthcare by turning anyone’s smartphone into a cancer scanner.

26 January 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38717928 

  • Depression linked to higher chance of dying from cancer, new study finds

Having anxiety and depression appears to be linked to the chance of getting terminal cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analysed data about more than 160,000 people in the UK, of whom 4,353 died from the disease during a 14-year period up until 2008. They found those who were in psychological distress had a 32 per cent great chance of later dying from cancer.

26 January 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/depression-cancer-linked-higher-chance-dying-study-bmj-david-batty-a7546141.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • France enforces ban on unlimited fizzy drinks in crackdown on obesity

Restaurants in France face prosecution starting today if they offer unlimited soda drinks to customers in the latest Gallic crackdown on obesity. France had already slapped a tax on sweet drinks in 2012. Now, a new decree makes it illegal to sell unlimited amounts of drinks with sugar or sweetener at a fixed price or for free.

27 January 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/france-enacts-ban-unlimited-soda-drinks/

  • Donor pledges C$380,000 for suicide prevention in First Nations community

A private donor is being lauded by aboriginal leaders for stepping in “where the government of Canada has failed” after anonymously pledging C$380,000 to provide mental health workers for a suicide-stricken First Nations community in northern Ontario.

27 January 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/27/canada-first-nations-suicide-prevention-donor

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Two babies who received ‘almost a miracle’ treatment for terminal cancer are still alive a year later

Two babies whose apparently incurable cancer was cured by a revolutionary technique are still clear of the disease more than 12 months later, the doctors behind their treatment have revealed. In 2015, the two infants, aged just 11 and 16 months, made international headlines after they were cleared of leukaemia using an experimental technique involving genetically engineered immune cells from a donor. These were designed to attack cancer cells and after they were given to the babies they both recovered. Previous attempts to treat them using traditional methods had failed.

26 January 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/two-babies-terminal-cancer-almost-a-miracle-treatment-still-alive-year-layla-richards-waseem-qasim-a7546926.html

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