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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  • NHS Health Check: A&E waits for January ‘worst ever’

Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in accident and emergency units in England in January, figures leaked to the BBC suggest. During a difficult winter for the NHS, January appears to be the worst performing month in the past 13 years. The figures also suggest record numbers of people waited longer than 12 hours for a hospital bed once seen in A&E.

9 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38907492

  • Nurse gets suspended sentence over fatal blood transfusion mix-up

A nurse whose patient died after she gave him the wrong type of blood has been given a suspended sentence. Lea Ledesma made a series of mistakes that led to Ali Huseyin, 76, being given type AB blood during a transfusion even though he was blood group O.

9 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/09/nurse-spared-jail-after-fatal-blood-transfusion-mix-up

  • NHS Health Check: Hunt says NHS problems ‘unacceptable’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has conceded the NHS in England is facing “completely unacceptable” problems. He said there was “no excuse” for some of the difficulties highlighted during the BBC’s NHS week and the government had a plan to help hospitals cope. A series of reports has revealed lengthening waits in A&E and patients being left for hours on trolleys.

10 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38926697 

  • The infamous 350million for the NHS won the Brexit referendum, according to the boss of the Brexit campaign

It was on the side of a bus, it was on the lips of Brexiteer politicians – £ 350m a week would go to the NHS if we voted to leave the European Union. Except, as soon as we did vote to leave, politicians backtracked and Nigel Farage denied ever making the promise. The Leave campaign quickly erased the promise from its website. In her Brexit speech last month, Theresa May failed to mention the NHS at all.

8 February 2017

www.indy100.com/article/voted-brexit-nhs-promise-campaign-director-350million-battle-bus-voting-7568381

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Woman Who Looked ‘28 Weeks Pregnant’ Has Large Tumour Removed From Womb

An acupuncturist has had surgery to remove a 17cm tumour from her womb, which left her looking “28 weeks pregnant”. Maria Christofi, 42, from North London, was diagnosed with a fibroid – a benign tumour in the womb – a decade ago. After managing her debilitating symptoms without surgery, she was left carrying a mass that measured 17cm long and weighed the same as a newborn baby.

6 February 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/woman-who-looked-permanently-pregnant-has-17cm-fibroid-removed_uk_5898ab6de4b0a1dcbd033cb3?utm_hp_ref=uk-health 

  • The secret superfoods: 10 inexpensive ingredients that can boost your health

Superfoods have a reputation for being expensive, pushing the line of thought that healthy eating isn’t accessible for everyone. A recent study from Ohio State University revealed that the healthier people perceive a food to be, the more they expect to pay for it. But healthy doesn’t always mean expensive.

7 February 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/secret-superfoods-10-inexpensive-ingredients-can-boost-health/ 

  • Ministers lose fight to stop payouts over swine flu jab narcolepsy cases

Dozens of British children who developed narcolepsy as a result of a swine flu vaccine could be compensated after the high court rejected a government appeal to withhold payments. Six million people in Britain, and more across Europe, were given the Pandemrix vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline during the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic, but the jab was withdrawn after doctors noticed a sharp rise in narcolepsy among those who received it.

9 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/09/ministers-lose-fight-to-stop-payouts-in-swine-flu-jab-narcolepsy-cases 

  • Cancer drugs may be delayed after Brexit, say experts

Patients in the UK could face delays getting new drugs if Britain withdraws from the EU’s medicines regulator, ministers have been warned. Former UK regulator Sir Alasdair Breckenridge said new cancer drugs could be among those affected. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he did not expect the UK to remain within the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

10 February 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38922366

  • Fat children are fuelling the NHS crisis, not the elderly, leading doctor claims 

Fat children, not the elderly, are fuelling the NHS crisis, a leading doctor has said.  Lord McColl of Dulwich, a former surgeon, said “grotesque” changes to the nation’s diet were putting needless pressures on health services.

10 February 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/10/fat-children-fuelling-nhs-crisis-not-elderly-leading-doctor/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • First-born children ‘more intelligent’ due to extra mental stimulation from parents

First-born children are more intelligent than their siblings because they receive more mental stimulation in their early years, new research has shown. Confirming the suspicions of eldest brothers and sisters everywhere, University of Edinburgh economists found first-borns achieve higher IQ test scores from as young as one-year-old.

10 February 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/first-born-child-more-intelligent-smarter-siblings-younger-eldest-sibling-university-of-edinburgh-a7570606.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • At least five patients accidentally infected with HIV at traditional Chinese medicine hospital

At least five people have been accidentally infected with HIV at a hospital in China after a doctor reused dirty needles during treatment. The doctor at the Chinese medicine hospital in the eastern city of Hangzhou is under criminal investigation, according to the local health authority.

9 February 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/china-hiv-infection-traditional-chinese-medicine-hospital-a7571346.html

  • Ireland to legalise cannabis for specific medical conditions

Ireland is set to legalise the use of cannabis for treating specific medical conditions, after a report commissioned by the government said the drug could be given to some patients with certain illnesses. The Irish health minister, Simon Harris, said he would support the use of medical cannabis “where patients have not responded to other treatments and there is some evidence that cannabis may be effective”.

10 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/ireland-legalise-cannabis-specific-medical-conditions-multiple-sclerosis-epilepsy-chemotherapy-safety-fears-drug

  • Unproven alternative medicines recommended by third of Australian pharmacists

Nearly one third of pharmacists are recommending complementary and alternative medicines with little-to-no evidence for their efficacy, including useless homeopathic products and potentially harmful herbal products. The finding comes from a Choice survey of 240 pharmacies including Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and Terry White.

13 February 2017

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/13/unproven-alternative-medicines-recommended-by-third-of-australian-pharmacists

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Grandfather, 60, who is dotty for dogs has prosthetic legs with black spots fitted to match his two DALMATIANS after losing both limbs to diabetes

This grandfather is so dotty for dogs he had two prosthetic limbs fitted to match his Dalmatians. Gordon Sanderson, from Newcastle, had to have both legs amputated due to circulation problems caused by diabetes. But now his black and white spotted legs blend in perfectly with his canine friends Poppy and Harvey.

7 February 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4200950/Grandfather-prosthetic-legs-match-DALMATIANS.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK

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