Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • NHS performance data delay ‘disappointing’, regulator says

The publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement had wanted to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but was advised against it by the government. NHS Improvement said it was “disappointing” the results could not be published until after the election.

19 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39976701 

  • What do the party manifestos mean for the NHS?

Labour’s election manifesto offers confused plans for the NHS, while the Conservatives have admitted there are serious problems with existing legislation. The Tory manifesto says that if the “current legislative landscape” – dominated by the government’s own health reforms – is hampering the Five Year Forward View or undermining local or national accountability they will fix it, as well as do what they can in the meantime to remove barriers to care integration.

19 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/may/19/party-manifestos-nhs-general-election 

  • Theresa May drops longstanding Tory policy to axe all mixed sex hospital wards

A long standing pledge to close mixed sex hospital wards has been dropped by the Conservatives. The commitment to end shared hospital accommodation has been dropped by Theresa May after appearing in the Conservatives’ 2015 and 2010 manifestos.

22 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/22/theresa-may-drops-longstanding-tory-policy-axe-mixed-sex-hospital/ 

  • As a GP I feel powerless to help elderly people struggling to survive

Recently a patient brought home to me how inadequate the help I can provide my elderly patients as a GP can be. Among more than 50 phone calls I fielded one day as one of the GPs dealing with urgent requests, there were two from a patient in her 80s who is the main carer for her husband who has dementia.

22 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2017/may/22/-gp-powerless-help-elderly-people-struggling-survive

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • ‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’

The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth, say experts speaking in Portugal. Their early work, as yet unpublished, involved looking at the GP records of 3.5 million people in the UK.

17 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39936138

  • 70% of UK workers still go to work even when they are ill, survey finds

A slightly sore throat and a bit of a sniffle won’t keep Brits out of work, new research suggests. According to a report published by insurance company Aviva on Tuesday, millions of people in the UK have gone to work when they were ill instead of taking the day off, driven by heavy workloads and employers promoting a culture of face-time.

15 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-workers-go-to-work-when-ill-fewest-sick-days-survey-70-per-cent-a7737031.html 

  • Breast Cancer Indicators Explained Through Lemons

The confusion over what to look and feel for when routinely checking breasts for signs of cancer is not unfamiliar. But a new campaign has recruited an unlikely ally to boost breast cancer awareness: the lemon.

21 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/breast-cancer-lemons-campaign-a7747136.html

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Breast Milk Compound ‘May Help Cure Cancer‘ According To Swedish Scientists

The life-nurturing health benefits of breast milk are often attested. But the new discovery of the effects of a compound found in breast milk, nicknamed Hamlet, could mean a more effective and targeted way to kill cancerous tumour cells.

15 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/breast-milk-cancer-sweden-university-of-lund-a7735351.html 

  • Century-old tumours could shed light on rare childhood cancers

A collection of almost 100-year-old tumour samples has revealed genetic mutations that scientists believe could be responsible for some of the rarest forms of childhood cancer. The findings, by pathologists at Great Ormond Street hospital, could eventually lead to more effective treatments for uncommon forms of the disease, including cancer of the blood vessels and muscles.

18 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/18/100-century-old-tumours-could-shed-light-rare-childhood-cancers 

  • Dementia Deaths ‘Set To Almost Quadruple By 2040’

The number of people who die from dementia is set to rocket over the coming years, a new study has found. By 2040, it is estimated that 219,409 people in England and Wales will die from dementia – a significant rise from 59,199 in 2014. Increasing deaths from the health condition will contribute to a large number of people who will need end-of-life care, researchers added.

18 May 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dementia-deaths-set-to-almost-quadruple-by-2040-study-suggests_uk_591d5222e4b034684b096ad2?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Miss USA stirs controversy saying healthcare ‘is a privilege’ and not a right

The newly-crowned Miss USA has created controversy with her comment that healthcare in the US “is a privilege” rather than a right, as argued by many Americans amid the debate on Obamacare. Kára McCullough, representing Washington, DC, is a scientist at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the nation’s capital.

15 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/miss-usa-healthcare-privilege-comment-kara-mccullough-a7737681.html 

  • Canada eases steps to open supervised drug injection sites amid opioid crisis

Canada’s government has made it easier to open supervised drug injection sites across the country, offering communities a lifeline as they battle an opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of lives in recent years. New legislation passed this week streamlines the more than two dozen requirements previously needed to launch these facilities, which offer a medically supervised space and sterile equipment for people who use drugs intravenously.

21 May 2017

www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/21/canada-opioid-crisis-supervised-drug-injection-sites

  

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • UK’s first proton beam machine arrives at Newport clinic

A key component of the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine has been delivered to its new home in Newport. Proton Partners International (PPI) received the part that will fire the cancer-treating beam at its Rutherford Cancer Centre. PPI said the UK’s “most-advanced piece of cancer machinery” could transform treatment for 500 patients a year.

20 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-39936477

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