Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • General election 2017: Labour promises pay rises for NHS staff

NHS staff will get higher pay and there will be no tuition fees for student nurses and midwives under a Labour government, the party is promising. Labour said the policies would help address staffing shortages in England that had become a “threat to patients”. The promises mark the first of what are expected to be a series of policy announcements on the NHS by Labour.

26 April 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39711133

  • NHS needs £25bn in emergency cash, Theresa May told

NHS leaders are urging Theresa May to give the health service an emergency cash injection of £25bn before 2020 or risk a decline in the quality of care for patients and lengthening delays for treatment. An influential group representing NHS trusts says that the care provided by hospitals and GP surgeries will suffer over the next few years unless the prime minister provides an £5bn a year for the next three years – and a further £10bn of capital for modernising equipment and buildings.

27 April 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/27/nhs-needs-25bn-in-emergency-cash-theresa-may-told

  • Cancer Drugs Fund: £1.27bn initiative set up by David Cameron a ‘waste of money’, finds review

A fund of more than £1bn set up to increase access to cancer medicines was an expensive and ineffective political “sticking plaster” that left patients at risk of painful side-effects, a review has found. Former Prime Minister David Cameron launched the Cancer Drugs Fund, a key policy in his 2010 election manifesto, to pay for cancer medicines not routinely available on the NHS.

28 April 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/cancer-drugs-fund-david-cameron-initiative-1-billion-waste-money-review-org-behind-review-nhs-850-a7706966.html

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Breast surgeon Ian Paterson needlessly harmed patients

A breast surgeon has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients in “completely unnecessary” operations. Ian Paterson, 59, was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man.

28 April 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39748246 

  • What is 13 Reasons Why, and should your children be watching it? A parent’s guide Netflix’s controversial suicide drama

The Samaritans have damned it, Paris Jackson has told fellow teenagers to avoid it and New Zealand has banned teenagers from watching it alone. Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why has become the streaming service’s most controversial show after depicting a high school student’s suicide and the causes that contributed to it.

28 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/04/28/13-reasons-everything-need-know-controversial-netflix-suicide/ 

  • Open All Hours – Can Telemedicine Bring The Doctor’s House-Call Into The 21st Century

Two leading health watchdogs [Public Accounts Committee & NHS England] have this week (27 April 2017) been drawn into the debate about current pressure on GPs and warned of the ill-effects on the health of the nation (particularly “working patients”) who are struggling to access primary care appointments when they need it.

28 April 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mary-obrien/open-all-hours-can-teleme_b_16292184.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • There’s a new gym class where you just sleep for 45 minutes and still burn calories

Ever feel like you should conform to society’s rules and get a gym membership – but you just really hate exercise? Well, there’s a new gym class in town which could be right up your street. David Lloyd gyms, which have branches across the UK, have introduced ‘Napercise’ classes where participants do nothing but sleep for an entire 45 minutes during the afternoon.

28 April 2017

www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/theres-new-gym-class-you-10313633

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Premature lambs kept alive in ‘plastic bag’ womb

Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag. It provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich blood supply and a protective sac of amniotic fluid. The approach might one day help premature human babies have a better chance of survival, experts hope.

25 April 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39693851 

  • Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin, study says

It might be possible to treat the main cause of permanent blindness before people notice any loss of vision, say University College London researchers. They have developed a new kind of eye exam that might spot glaucoma a decade before symptoms appear.

27 April 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39725588 

  • Nightmares could be a sign of mental health problems, says new study

Many of us tend to brush off and dismiss nightmares as something we can’t account for and by that logic, shouldn’t pay any attention to. However, if you are frequently sleeping uneasy, it could be a warning sign of more serious mental health issues, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of Turku.

28 April 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nightmares-mental-health-signs-problems-suicide-turku-university-a7707041.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Two-thirds of people in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are obese, UN finds

More than two-thirds of people living in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are overweight or obese, costing their economies tens of billions of dollars every year, driving rates of disease and straining health services, according to a new UN report.

25 April 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/25/obesity-epidemic-latin-america-mexico-chile-ecuador-un-report 

  • Elderly couple died holding hands within minutes of each other after 69 years of marriage

Married couple Isaac and Teresa Vatkin passed away within minutes of each other as they lay side by side in an Illinois hospital last weekend. Hospital staff, realising both pensioners were close to death, had moved their beds next to each other so they could be close in their final moments.

28 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/28/elderly-couple-died-holding-hands-69-years-marriage/

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Ed Sheeran meets terminally ill fan, six, backstage at Manchester concert

Ed Sheeran has granted a dying boy’s wish by meeting him backstage before a gig. The singer-songwriter invited Ollie Carroll, six, who suffers from a rare and terminal condition, backstage ahead of a concert in Manchester.

26 April 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/music/news/ed-sheeran-meets-terminally-fan-six-backstage-manchester-concert/

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