Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Why a simple ‘sorry’ could save the NHS millions: Fortune is being wasted on legal fees because trusts refuse to admit to clinical mistakes and apologise

When his 20-month-old son Tahmeed died in the Royal London Hospital after a series of catastrophic errors, the last thing his devastated father wanted from the NHS was money. ‘I had buried Tahmeed and I would have given anything to have him back,’ says Taufiqul Karim Suhrid, a cab dispatcher.

16 May 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4509388/Why-simple-sorry-save-NHS-millions.html

  • Man awarded £8m Sheffield hospital negligence payout

A man who was left disabled as a result of negligence during his birth will receive almost £8m in NHS compensation. NHS lawyers accepted his premature delivery at Sheffield’s Jessop Maternity Hospital in the 1990s was handled negligently. Now in his 20s, the man uses a wheelchair and requires 24-hour care.

25 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40047162

  • 6000 per cent rise in number of patients stuck on trolleys for 12 hours 

The number of patients waiting 12 hours on trolleys has risen by more than 6,000 per cent as hospital overcrowding reaches a record high, NHS figures show. The Royal College of Surgeons said the situation had become “exceptionally worrying,” urging the next Government to draw up immediate plans to deal with the crisis.

26 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/26/6000-per-cent-rise-number-patients-stuck-trolleys-12-hours/

  • Scores of patients suffer harm at trust accused of waiting list fiddles 

Scores of patients have been harmed, with one left to go blind by a trust accused of fiddling waiting lists. Watchdogs inspecting Kettering General Hospital found 25,000 patients appeared to be waiting more than a year for surgery, with allegations they had been removed from official waiting lists.

26 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/26/scores-patients-suffer-harm-trust-accused-waiting-list-fiddles/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Intersex patients ‘routinely lied to by doctors’

Doctors in the UK routinely lied to patients with disorders of sex development known as intersex conditions, the BBC has found. A leading paediatric consultant told BBC Radio 4 that withholding the truth of patients’ diagnoses had been “widespread”.

22 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39979186

  • Just Four Extra Inches On Your Waist Increases Cancer Risk By 13%

It’s long been known that obesity raises the risk of many types of cancer. But new research suggests having just four extra inches (11cm) than average on your waist increases the risk of many cancers by 13%. The average woman in the UK has a waist of 34 inches (86.3cm), while men average at 38 inches (96.5cm).

24 May 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/four-extra-inches-on-waist-increases-cancer-risk-by-13-per-cent_uk_59254eb9e4b00c8df2a01921?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Bank holiday sun warning: Having sunburn this often could triple your skin cancer risk

Tanning might seem like a good idea when the sun’s out this bank holiday weekend. But even infrequent sunburn can triple skin cancer risk. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, it’s predicted it will rise to 32 cases per 100,000 people by 2035. However, Cancer Research UK say that even infrequent sunburn can significantly up your likelihood of developing it.

26 May 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/809678/skin-cancer-sunburn-bank-holiday-tan

  • Why Greek mountain villagers have healthy hearts

Scientists have pinpointed one reason why people living in isolated villages in Greece may enjoy long and healthy lives. They found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to protect the heart by lowering levels of “bad” fats and cholesterol. Despite a diet rich in animal fat, the people of Mylopotamos in northern Crete do not suffer from cardiovascular disease.

26 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40047262

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • ‘Half a glass of wine every day’ increases breast cancer risk

Further evidence has emerged of the link between alcohol consumption in women and an increased risk of breast cancer. According to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund, half a glass of wine or a small beer a day increases the risk of breast cancer.

23 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39998678

  • Air pollution is significantly weakening our hearts, major new study finds

The hearts of people who live in polluted areas are weaker than those who regularly breathe cleaner air, according to a new study which adds to the growing volume of evidence that fossil fuels are killing us.

26 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/science/air-pollution-heart-disease-weak-pm-25-particulates-diesel-cars-fossil-fuels-a7756101.html

  • Children behave worse when parents distracted by smartphones, study reveals

Children behave worse when parents spend too much time on their smartphones, research suggests. The US study of 170 families examined how commonly interactions were interrupted because mothers or fathers had turned to a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

25 May 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/25/children-behave-worse-parents-distracted-smartphones-study/

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June.

23 May 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40010522

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • European supermarkets recruit children for blind taste tests to cut sugar in products

Before cutting the sugar in its children’s yogurt, Dutch grocer Albert Heijn conducted a taste test modeled on a classic US TV ad in which two young boys get their little brother to sample a new cereal.

25 May 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/european-supermarkets-sugar-blind-taste-test-children-cut-sweet-albert-heijn-tesco-sainsburys-a7754766.html

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