Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Revealed: NHS Ambulances fail to reach most seriously ill and injured patients in time despite efficiency drive

Ambulances are failing to reach thousands of seriously-ill patients within the eight-minute target time, despite a dramatic reduction in the number of calls classified as urgent, The Independent can reveal. Unions warned that lives are being put at risk by slow response times, even as the system is being “manipulated” to make it easier to hit government-imposed targets.

1 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-ambulance-response-time-targets-seriously-ill-injured-patients-efficiency-drive-secret-plans-a7690476.html

  • Being a patient convinced me to bring my digital expertise to the NHS

After 10 years in the media industry, including several years at the Times as director of digital products, I made the shift from the private to the public sector. I did this because of a deeply personal experience, a stressful and scary second pregnancy that caused me to spend six months in and out of hospital.

2 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/may/02/being-a-patient-convinced-me-to-bring-my-digital-expertise-to-the-nhs?CMP=share_btn_tw

  • Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories

The Conservatives have pledged to hold an inquiry into the actions of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, if the party is returned to power. Paterson, 59, who exaggerated or invented cancer risks in patients, was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent last month. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said his malpractice was “profoundly shocking”.

5 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-39809076

  • New GP Services Can Take Pressure Off The NHS

Seeing a doctor isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days when you could phone a doctor’s surgery and be confident of getting an appointment that day – or even within the week – with the same doctor who had been seeing you and the rest of your family for years.

5 May 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dan-faber/new-gp-services-take-pres_b_16425594.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • ‘Our baby son died due to NHS error’

More than 1,400 mistakes are being recorded by maternity staff in hospitals in England every week. Adam and Sarah lost their son after an NHS error.
8 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-39806836/our-baby-son-died-due-to-nhs-error

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Mother of anorexic girl killed by train criticises care failings after inquest

The mother of a severely anorexic 15-year-old girl who killed herself has said that failings in her daughter’s care “from beginning to end” resulted in her death. Pippa “Pip” McManus was granted home leave from the Priory hospital in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, ahead of completion of the formal discharge process, in December 2015.

2 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/02/mother-anorexic-girl-killed-train-care-failings-inquest-marie-pip-mcmanus

  • Student mental health costs should be free, according to the Royal College of GPs

Charges for mental health prescriptions for students should be scrapped, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has told Newsbeat. If you’re 19 or over and study in England you must pay £8.60, the prescription rate, for each item.

4 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39750457/student-mental-health-costs-should-be-free-according-to-the-royal-college-of-gps

  • Three quarters of rice products sold as baby food found to contain illegal levels of arsenic

Parents should avoid giving rice to young children, scientists have said, after a new study found almost three quarters of rice-based products sold as baby food contain illegal levels of arsenic.

4 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/baby-food-rice-arsenic-illegal-levels-three-quarters-queens-university-belfast-a7718216.html

  • UK must get tough on childhood obesity, says top doctors

Britain must take much tougher action to tackle childhood obesity, including banning sponsorship of sports events by manufacturers of unhealthy food and drinks, leading doctors will warn. Without such robust measures, the NHS will come under “enormous and unsustainable strain” from a condition that already costs it £5bn a year, according to an action plan by the Obesity Health Alliance.

4 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/04/uk-must-be-tougher-on-tackling-childhood-obesity-doctors-alliance-manifesto-health-alliance

  • More than half of British vapers have now quit smoking tobacco, study suggests 

More than half of the nearly-three million people in Britain who vape are ex-smokers who have given up smoking tobacco, a new survey suggests. For the first time, more than half of the current 2.9 million e-cigarette users have since given up smoking, Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) said in its annual survey into the use of electronic cigarettes and vapourisers.

8 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/08/half-british-vapers-have-now-quit-smoking-tobacco-study-suggests/

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • 39p Drug Skin Patch Could ‘Dramatically’ Improve Stroke Survival

A skin patch could save thousands of lives by improving the chances of surviving a stroke, researchers have claimed. The patch, which costs 39p, is applied to the shoulder or back and delivers a blood pressure-lowering drug through the skin while a patient is rushed to hospital.

5 May 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/drug-skin-patch-could-improve-stroke-survival_uk_590c3d9be4b0e7021e968822?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Eczema cure a step closer as scientists discover what triggers painful skin condition

Scientists have come a step closer to developing a cure for eczema after discovering how a deficiency in the skin’s natural barrier can trigger the painful condition. Eczema, which causes the skin to become dry, red and itchy, affects one in five children and one in 12 adults in the UK, according to the National Eczema Society.

5 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/eczema-cure-skin-condition-scientists-step-closer-trigger-newcastle-university-a7718996.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110m in US talc cancer case

Pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $110m (£85m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using its talcum powder. Lois Slemp, 62, from Virginia, Missouri said she developed the cancer after four decades of using talc products.

5 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39816799

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Seven-year-old amputee proudly shows off new prosthetic leg to her school friends

When seven-year-old Anu showed off her new sports blade to her friends at school, she got a lovely response. “Is that your new pink leg?” asked one friend as Anu, from Birmingham, proudly walked on her new leg.

4 May 2017

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