Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Patients promised speedier access to GPs as long waits named and shamed

Patients will be promised speedier access to GPs with family doctors named and shamed for long waiting times, under new NHS plans. The new targets come alongside a major overhaul of emergency care, with promises to increase the proportion of 111 calls assessed by medics, amid concern that too many decisions are being made by ill-trained handlers.

9 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/09/patients-promised-speedier-access-gps-long-waits-named-shamed/

  • Kidney Transplant Waiting Times Have Fallen By 18%

The waiting times for people desperately in need of kidney transplants has fallen significantly, according to health officials. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said the waiting time for receiving a new kidney has dropped by 18%.

9 March 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/kidney-transplant-waiting-times-have-fallen-by-18_uk_58c11432e4b0d1078ca424a3?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Rationing rules restricting surgery to those in most pain must be axed, NHS officials rule 

“Arbitrary” rationing measures restricting NHS surgery to those in most pain must be lifted, health officials have ruled. NHS England has warned clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to stop denying hip and knee operations to patients using criteria which only allow surgery to those in the worst discomfort.

10 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/10/rationing-rules-restricting-surgery-pain-must-axed-nhs-officials/

  • Brexit threats over hospital food to the cash-strapped NHS: Firms try to hike prices and blame the pound’s fall

The cash-strapped NHS is facing yet another blow as suppliers demand it pays more for the food it serves to patients. Ten food firms, including Marmite maker Unilever, claim the fall in sterling since the Brexit referendum has driven up their costs – and they are determined to pass the hit on to the Health Service.

12 March 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4305364/Brexit-threats-hospital-food-cash-strapped-NHS.html

  • Let NHS off £1,000 overseas doctors charge, urge unions

Two leading health unions are calling on the home secretary to make the NHS exempt from a new charge which will be payable on overseas doctors and nurses. The British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing say the Immigration Skills Charge, coming into effect in April, threatens NHS budgets.

13 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39249726

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Smoking numbers hit new low as Britons turn to vaping to help quit cigarettes

The number of smokers in Britain has reached its lowest point since records began in 1974, according to new data, while more than a million people say they are using e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 17.2% of adults in the UK smoked in 2015, down from 20.1% in 2010.

7 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/07/smoking-numbers-hit-new-low-as-britons-turn-to-vaping-to-help-quit-cigarettes

  • The biggest killer you may not know

“I flat-lined seven times, it was very uncertain for a long time whether I would make it,” says Patrick Kane. He nearly died from a condition that kills more people in the UK each year than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. Patrick was just nine months old when one morning he became poorly, floppy and “generally unresponsive”.

10 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39219765

Director’s Comment from Caroline Moore: Sepsis itself is not rare and can be triggered by an injury or common infection. Sepsis often develops because a patient has not sought medical attention and has left their infection, whatever that may be, until a very late stage. Please see our helpful page on sepsis here:

www.medical-solicitors.com/medical-claims/sepsis-negligence-claims/

 

  • MPs to discuss reform of UK’s Victorian-era abortion law

In years to come, it may be regarded as one of the last battles for women’s autonomy. Under an obscure Victorian law, passed when women did not even have the vote, the decision to terminate an unplanned pregnancy using pills in the privacy of a home is punishable by life in prison – for the woman and any doctor who helps her.

10 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/mps-to-discuss-reform-of-uks-victorian-era-abortion-law

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Your brain has 100 times more computing power than you thought: Groundbreaking study finds ten times more activity than expected

Scientists have discovered that the brain is 10 times more active than previously thought.

In a new study on components of the neurons known as dendrites, researchers found that they are not passive conduits as typically believed, but instead are electrically active in moving animals.

10 March 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4302556/The-brain-ten-times-powerful-thought.html

  • Diet ‘reverses diabetes in just 10 weeks’, claims new study

The research, the first of its kind, could pave the way for an overhaul in the management of the condition which is linked to obesity and affects almost three million people in the UK. Most diabetics are advised to eat a balanced diet, including carbohydrates. However, scientists, who carried out the study on 238 patients, found that restricting carbohydrates and increasing fat led to dramatic improvements.

12 March 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/777963/diabetes-diet-reverses-in-10-weeks-type-two

  • Losing weight in old age ‘not normal’ and should be seen as alarm bell

Losing weight in old age is “not normal” and could be treated as an “alarm bell” which could signal malnutrition or cancer, experts have warned. The study by the Malnutrition Task Force follows official figures which show a tripling in the number of patients admitted to hospital suffering from malnutrition.

13 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/13/losing-weight-old-age-not-normal-should-seen-alarm-bell/

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Multiple sclerosis treatment is debunked by researchers in Canada

A surgical treatment pioneered in Europe that was sought out by thousands of desperate people with multiple sclerosis has been categorically debunked by Canadian researchers.

8 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/08/multiple-sclerosis-treatment-is-debunked-by-researchers-in-canada

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Portsmouth couple’s joy over surrogacy success

A couple conned out of hundreds of pounds as they tried to find a surrogate mother have finally become parents. Tracy and Pete Akoun had also suffered multiple miscarriages as they tried to conceive a baby. But now they are celebrating after two daughters arrived within a month of each other, from two different surrogate mothers.

10 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39230276

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