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!

ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulancesRead our latest NHS and Healthcare news

Overcrowded hospitals in England were forced to close their doors nearly 500 times to ambulances this winter. The number of diverts was nearly double the level in the previous three winters and has prompted warnings about the pressures facing the health service. Hospitals said closures were a last resort but had to be done to maintain safety in A&E.

7 April 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39519855

  • If general practice fails, the whole NHS fails

Anyone who has visited their GP recently will be aware of the pressures: the struggle to get an appointment, the difficulty of seeing the same GP more than once, the rush to get you out of the door for the next patient. The crisis in general practice is unprecedented. The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, fails to understand the seriousness of the situation facing general practice in England.

8 April 2017

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/apr/08/general-practice-fails-nhs-fails

  • Locum doctors could be struck off for trying to hold NHS to ransom

Locum doctors have been warned that they could be struck off if they cancel shifts in an attempt to extort more money from the NHS. The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued guidance after agency medics were accused of an “organised campaign” to hold the NHS to ransom as pressures mount.

9 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/09/locum-doctors-could-struck-trying-hold-nhs-ransom/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • UK Teacher Becomes One Of Youngest People To Die From Dementia, Aged 40

A teacher with early onset dementia has become one of the youngest people to die from the disease at the age of 40. Gareth Wilmot from Barnsley was diagnosed five years ago with frontotemporal dementia, a rare form of the degenerative disease that tends to affect people aged 45 to 65 – making him one of the youngest sufferers in the country.

4 April 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/teacher-dementia-gareth-wilmot-aged-40-youngest-people-degenerative-diagnosed-35-a7664026.html

  • Website gave prescription in 17 seconds

Websites selling prescription medicines have been reprimanded by inspectors for compromising patient safety. The Care Quality Commission highlighted lax standards at four online services in its latest batch of inspections. It included one case where a patient’s application was assessed in only 17 seconds by a GP.

6 April 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39450191

  • Dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr should advertise condoms to prevent STIs, NHS advise 

Dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr should advertise handouts of free condoms to prevent a surge in sexually transmitted infections, under new NHS advice. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says schemes which hand out free or cost-price condoms should target websites used “to find local sexual partners” in a bid to cut the spread of diseases.

6 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/05/dating-apps-tinder-grindr-should-advertise-condoms-prevent-stis/

  • Mentally ill mother who jumped off cliff with newborn did not get help from medics because she was ‘articulate’ and ‘middle class’, review finds

A mother who jumped off a cliff with her newborn daughter was failed by medics because she was “articulate” and “middle class”, a review has found. Charlotte Bevan, 30, vanished from St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck on December 2 in 2014.

6 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/06/mentally-mother-jumped-cliff-newborn-did-not-get-help-medics/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Antibiotics overuse could increase bowel cancer risk, study finds

The overuse of antibiotics could increase a person’s risk of developing bowel cancer, the findings of a US study suggest. Research published in medical journal Gut found extended use of antibiotics significantly increased the chance of polyp formation in the colon, a precursor of bowel cancer.

5 April 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/05/antibiotics-overuse-could-increase-bowel-cancer-risk-study-finds

  • Rules of memory ‘beautifully’ rewritten

What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it. The US and Japanese team found that the brain “doubles up” by simultaneously making two memories of events. One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, they found.

7 April 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39518580

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD: 

  • Rich Americans live up to 15 years longer than poor peers, studies find

You can’t buy time – except, it seems, in America. Increasing inequality means wealthy Americans can now expect to live up to 15 years longer than their poor counterparts, reports in the British medical journal the Lancet have found. Researchers said these disparities appear to be worsened by the American health system itself, which relies on for-profit insurance companies, and is the most expensive in the world.

6 April 2017

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/06/us-healthcare-wealth-income-inequality-lifespan

  • Smoking Still Causes One In 10 Deaths Worldwide

More than one in 10 deaths worldwide (equivalent to 6.4 million deaths per year) are caused by smoking, new figures suggest. Half of these deaths occur in just four countries: China, India, USA, and Russia. The new estimates are based on smoking habits in 195 countries and territories between 1990 and 2015, and illustrate that smoking remains a leading risk factor for death and disability.

6 April 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/smoking-causes-one-in-10-deaths-worldwide-2017-statistics_uk_58e5f4c9e4b0917d3477309b?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Six-year-old girl loses leg after sore throat leads to ‘flesh-eating’ infection

A little girl who loved to dance lost her leg after a common throat infection developed into a dangerous ‘flesh-eating’ bug. Tessa Puma, a six-year-old from the midwestern US state of Ohio, was taking antibiotics after being diagnosed with strep throat, a bacterial infection of the back of the throat and tonsils.

5 April 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/girl-six-year-old-loses-leg-sore-throat-tessa-puma-dancer-ohio-flesh-eating-infection-a7667636.html

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Scientists Want To Pay You £13,000 To Lie In Bed All Day

Scientists are currently looking for 24 fit and healthy individuals to lie in bed all day – and they’re willing to pay you a fair amount to do it. Researchers at the Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology in France are now recruiting for people willing to spend 60 days lying on their backs.

7 April 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/scientists-want-to-pay-you-13000-to-lie-in-bed-all-day_uk_58e7640fe4b05413bfe1c8ca?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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