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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  • GP practice ‘owed £100k’ since NHS England overhauled payments system

A 7,600-patient practice is claiming to have been left without £100,000 in assorted payments this year because of upheaval since NHS England scrapped local payment offices for a national system.

16 March 2017

www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/practice-income/gp-practice-owed-100k-since-nhs-england-overhauled-payments-system/20034020.article

  • Four-hour accident and emergency waits rise 300% at some hospitals

The number of patients waiting four or more hours at A&E has risen more than 300% at some hospitals, it has emerged. In total, 2.2 million patients were not seen within the target time in 2015-16 – more than double the one million figure in 2013-2014.

16 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38757708

  • Money earmarked for mental health diverted to balance NHS books

Ministers have been accused of breaking their promises on mental health after £800m earmarked to improve services was diverted to shore up hospitals’ finances. A leading mental health charity and the Labour party said redirecting the money would hit patient care and hinder the drive, backed by Theresa May, to improve care for people with serious mental health problems.

16 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/16/money-earmarked-for-mental-health-diverted-to-balance-nhs-books

  • Mother, 31, feels ‘disgusting’ after a botched NHS operation left her with a gaping hole in her stomach – and now has to raise funds to sew up the gash

A 31-year-old mother was left with a gaping hole in her stomach following a botched NHS operation. Jenny Adnett, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, now describes herself as ‘disfigured and disgusting’ as a result of the gash.

17 March 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4323304/Mother-31-feels-disgusting-botched-NHS-op.html

  • Google DeepMind’s NHS deal under scrutiny

A deal between Google’s artificial intelligence firm DeepMind and the UK’s NHS had serious “inadequacies”, an academic paper has suggested. More than a million patient records were shared with DeepMind to build an app to alert doctors about patients at risk of acute kidney injury (AKI).Author Hal Hodson said that it was “inexcusable” patients were not told how their data would be used.

17 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39301901

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Meningitis death girl Izzy Gentry ‘not given a chance’

A girl who died of meningitis “was not given a chance” by the hospital which sent her home 48 hours before her death, an inquest has heard. Isabel Gentry, 16, was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary after falling ill on 18 May and discharged four hours later.

13 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-39254234 

  • Ibuprofen: Calls for sales restrictions on painkiller due to cardiac arrest risk

Ibuprofen should not be sold over the counter, researchers have said after discovering it increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 31 per cent. The common painkiller, currently available in supermarkets and corner shops, is a type of medicine known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

15 March 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/ibuprofen-cardiac-arrest-risk-sales-restriction-painkiller-study-a7631561.html 

  • Why are so many of Britain’s teen girls struggling with mental health problems? 

Mental health problems are a growing concern. They are prevalent not just in England – where one in four people are thought to experience a mental health problem in any given year – but across the world where they are one of the leading causes of disability, suicide and disease.

16 March 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/why-are-so-many-of-britains-teen-girls-struggling-with-mental-he/ 

  • ‘Huge advance’ in fighting world’s biggest killer

An innovative new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol to unprecedented levels, say doctors. The results of the large international trial on 27,000 patients means the drug could soon be used by millions.

17 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39305640 

  • Male construction workers at greatest risk of suicide, study finds

Men working in the construction industry and women employed in culture, media and sport, healthcare and primary school teaching are at the highest risk of suicide, official figures for England suggest. The research, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), found people in roles as managers, directors and senior officials – the highest paid occupation group – had the lowest risk of suicide.

17 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/17/male-construction-workers-greatest-risk-suicide-england-study-finds

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Consuming Lots Of Cheese Makes ‘No Difference To Cholesterol Levels’

If you love nothing more than chowing down on a hunk of cheddar after dinner, we’ve got some good news for you. People who eat a lot of cheese do not have higher cholesterol levels than those who don’t, according to research carried out at University College Dublin (UCD).

15 March 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/cheese-makes-no-difference-to-cholesterol-study_uk_58c906a0e4b022994fa342b1?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’

How an individual sperm swims, against all the odds, through fluid to reach the fallopian tubes has been revealed – and it’s all about rhythm. Researchers from the UK and Japan found that the head and tail movements of sperm made patterns similar to the fields that form around magnets. And these help to propel sperm towards the female egg.

20 March 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39292913

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:  

  • Northern Ireland police raided premises in search for abortion pills

The Police Service of Northern Ireland raided two premises on International Women’s Day searching for abortion pills that are illegal in the region. No pills were found during the searches last week, including one at a workshop belonging to the Belfast pro-choice campaigner Helen Crickard. Crickard said she felt “violated and humiliated” over the raids in South Belfast.

13 March 2017

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/13/northern-ireland-police-raided-premises-searching-for-abortion-pills 

  • More than 58 million Americans are exposed to deafening sounds that crush hearing, trigger weight gain, and even increase risk of a stroke

In today’s world, we are inundated with constant noises from washing machine beeps, car horns and train announcements. And according to new research, these sounds are more than annoying: noise exposure is set to leave 58 million Americans deaf – and increases the risk of disease.

17 March 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4323994/Americans-exposed-loud-noises-deafen-them.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • ‘Five Second Rule’ For Dropping Food On The Floor Is Real, Says Scientist

He said: “Eating food that has spent a few moments on the floor can never be entirely risk-free. “Obviously, food covered in visible dirt shouldn’t be eaten, but as long as it’s not obviously contaminated, the science shows that food is unlikely to have picked up harmful bacteria from a few seconds spent on an indoor floor.

15 March 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/five-second-rule-for-dropping-food-on-the-floor-is-real-says-scientist_uk_58c8fcd0e4b09e52f554904b?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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