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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  • Hospital ‘long-waiters’ show sharp rise

Hospitals waiting times in England have deteriorated markedly in the past five years, an analysis shows. The Health Foundation review of official NHS data between 2011-12 and 2016-17 found longer waits for cancer, A&E and routine operations.

11 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39882296

  • NHS faces ‘ticking time bomb’, doctors warn Theresa May

Doctors are warning Theresa May the NHS faces a “ticking time bomb” unless the Government drastically increases funding for public health. A report from the the British Medical Association (BMA) claims the health service is at “breaking point” due to a combination of unhealthy lifestyles and deep cuts to health budgets.

11 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-cuts-bma-health-ticking-time-bomb-doctors-warning-manifesto-policy-obesity-smoking-drinking-a7728886.html

  • Hospitals across England hit by large-scale cyber-attack

A number of hospitals have been hit by a large scale cyber attack, NHS England has confirmed. Hospitals across the country appear to have been simultaneously hit by a bug in their IT systems, leading to many diverting emergency patients. NHS England said it was aware of the problem and would release more details soon.

12 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/12/hospitals-across-england-hit-by-large-scale-cyber-attack

  • Jeremy Corbyn facing questions over funding ‘black hole’ after unveiling £37 billion NHS plan

Jeremy Corbyn is facing new questions over a “black hole” at the heart of his spending plans after committing £37billion to funding the NHS over the next five years. The Labour leader will today pledge to take one million people off NHS waiting lists by the end of this Parliament and guarantee that patients will be seen at A&E within four hours.

14 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/14/jeremy-corbyn-facing-questions-funding-black-hole-unveiling/

  • Six NHS trusts in England are still being affected by the ransomware cyber attack,

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said following a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee. Ms Rudd said 48 of the 248 trusts in England were hit by the program but the other 42 had managed to recover control of their systems.

14 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nhs-cyber-attack-ransomware-trusts-home-secretary-amber-rudd-cobra-a7734436.html

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs

Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments, a study in The Lancet suggests. Twenty-year-olds who started antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are projected to live 10 years longer than those first using it in 1996, it found.

11 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39872530

  • ‘Poor vision’ surgeon who removed woman’s ovary instead of appendix struck off

A senior surgeon with “poor vision” accidentally removed a woman’s ovary instead of her appendix and then told bosses it was a “trifling error”. Dr Lawal Haruna , 59, has been struck off after mistaking the patient’s reproductive organs for her appendix when she was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain.

12 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/12/poor-vision-surgeon-removed-womans-ovaries-instead-appendix/

  • Sushi Health Warning As Doctors Report Rise In Parasitic Infections

Sushi is often seen as a heathy lunch alternative, but doctors have warned that it may be causing parasitic infections, known as anisakiasis. Writing in the British Medical Journal, doctors say the increasing popularity of eating raw or undercooked fish in the West may be to blame for a growing number of people experiencing anisakiasis.

12 May 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sushi-health-warning-as-doctors-report-rise-in-parasitic-infections_uk_591565cae4b0fe039b33a8dd?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • New studies suggest everything we thought we knew about salt could be completely wrong

The salt equation taught to doctors for more than 200 years is not hard to understand. The body relies on this essential mineral for a variety of functions, including blood pressure and the transmission of nerve impulses. Sodium levels in the blood must be carefully maintained.

9 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/salt-too-much-how-new-studies-daily-intake-makes-you-thirsty-a7725511.html

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Zika virus: Brazil says emergency is over

Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus after a sharp decrease in cases. The number of cases dropped 95% between January and April, compared to the same period a year ago, officials said.

12 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-39892479

  • One in four Chinese children expected to be overweight by 2030 amid obesity epidemic

More than a quarter of Chinese children will be obese or overweight by 2030, a new report says, as experts warn obesity rates among the young are reaching “epidemic” proportions.

12 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/12/one-four-china-children-expected-overweight-2030-amid-obesity/

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • ‘Miracle’ boy from Dover cleared of cancer

An eight-year-old boy has been hailed a “miracle” by doctors that treated him for cancer. Blue Tobin from Dover was diagnosed at the age of two. His family were told he could only be given a risky treatment not used before on a child of his age.

12 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-kent-39898018/miracle-boy-cleared-of-cancer

  • Meet the 101-year-old skydiver bringing the Guinness World Record back to Britain

If studies are to be believed, more and more of us are expected to live to be over 100 years old.  So how do you enjoy life past your century? Well, one man still tackling new challenges head on at the age of 101 is Verdun Hayes from Somerset.

15 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/meet-101-year-old-sky-diver-bringing-guinness-world-record-back/

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