Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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ALL ABOUT THE NHS:

  • Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

A ninth avoidable baby death has been uncovered by BBC News at a troubled NHS trust Maddison Dawn Wilkins Jackson died in 2013 after staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital could not find her mother a bed on the labour ward. The health secretary ordered an investigation into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April.

21 June 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40356709

  • Radical plans to ease NHS 999 targets amid mounting pressures

Ambulances are set to be given far longer to reach 999 calls in a controversial bid to ease spiralling pressures on emergency services. Handlers could be given four times as long to assess calls after a study of 10 million calls found too many cases being counted as hitting official targets, without patients getting the help they need.

25 June 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/25/radical-plans-ease-nhs-999-targets-amid-mounting-pressures/

  • Desperate couples getting fleeced by the NHS for IVF: Hospitals charging 40% over the odds for private treatment

Many would-be parents are opting to pay in order to cut lengthy queues.

But fees are often much higher than the cost of providing the fertility service, raising suspicions that patients are being exploited with rip-off charges. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals asks £3,390 for one course – or cycle – of IVF, while the cost to the NHS is £2,416.

25 June 2017

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4638240/Desperate-couples-getting-fleeced-NHS-IVF.html

  • UK public are more dissatisfied than ever with NHS, poll shows

More people are unhappy with the NHS than satisfied for the first time in a poll of the public run by Britain’s doctors, and 70% say they think the health service is going in the wrong direction. The growing public concern will be revealed by Dr Mark Porter, leader of the British Medical Association, who will tell his annual representative meeting in Bournemouth on Monday that the government is “trying to keep the health service running on nothing but fumes”.

26 June 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/26/uk-public-are-more-dissatisfied-than-ever-with-nhs-poll-shows

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Sorry Folks, Drinking Gin Won’t Help Relieve Hay Fever

There’s a story doing the rounds suggesting gin could help ease the symptoms of hay fever in sufferers. But, unfortunately, it’s not true. HuffPost UK reached out to Asthma UK and an independent GP to clarify the claims – and it turns out that it’s not the case at all.

21 June 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gin-does-not-help-relieve-hay-fever-experts-say_uk_594a7b55e4b0db570d3809c5?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

  • Britain’s unregulated plastic surgery industry ‘targeting children and causing mental health problems’

The largely unregulated British cosmetic surgery industry is a “cause for serious concern”, especially for children targeted by advertising and online plastic surgery games, health experts have warned.

22 June 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/cosmetic-procedures-plastic-surgery-targeting-children-cause-for-concern-nuffield-council-of-a7801471.html

  • ‘Remarkable’ drop in new HIV cases among men

For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, according to data from Public Health England. They have decreased from 2,060 in 2014-15 to 1,700 in 2015-16, while in London there was an even steeper drop.

22 June 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40370381

  • Older workers hide deafness from employers as most over-55s notice deterioration

Ageing workers are struggling to cope rather than admit to going deaf. Sixty per cent of over-55s surveyed have noticed deteriorating hearing and say it is affecting their work. More than half those questioned said they avoid phone calls in the office and one in 10 said he or she was so deaf, he or she refused to use a phone.

25 June 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/821221/Hearing-loss-deafness-workers-job-employer

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Breastfeeding may reduce heart attack and stroke risk in mothers, study finds

Mothers who breastfeed may reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life, a new study has found. Previous research has shown that breastfeeding can reduce a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, and obesity – and scientists hope their new findings will encourage more women to choose breast over bottle.

21 June 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/breastfeeding-maternal-health-calming-effect-mother-reduced-heart-attack-stroke-risk-study-oxford-a7800956.html

  • Holding hands to comfort loved ones does help reduce pain, US study shows

Holding the hand of a loved one to comfort them really does help reduce pain, a US study has shown. Dr Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder was inspired to conduct the research after witnessing the birth of his daughter four years ago.

23 June 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/holding-hands-comfort-loved-ones-does-help-reduce-pain-us-study/

  • Cost of NHS negligence claims likely to double by 2023, says study

The annual cost to the NHS in England of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors and is expected to double by 2023, according to the Medical Protection Society. Further increases in the £1.5bn bill will render such payments unsustainable and divert significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, the organisation has warned in a report.

23 June 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/23/cost-of-nhs-negligence-claims-is-likely-to-double-by-2023-study-medical-legal


FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • US sailors who ‘fell sick from Fukushima radiation’ allowed to sue Japan, nuclear plant operator

A US appeals court has ruled that hundreds of American navy personnel can pursue a compensation suit against the government of Japan and Tokyo Electric Power Co. for illnesses allegedly caused by exposure to radioactivity in the aftermath of the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

23 June 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/us-sailors-fell-sick-fukushima-radiation-allowed-sue-japan-nuclear/

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • How to live to 100: Secrets of the world’s healthiest village revealed

They say a little of what you fancy does you good. But it seems the old adage may be wrong when it comes to living a long and healthy life – unless it’s in strict moderation. A doctor has revealed the secrets behind the “world’s healthiest village”– and there it all comes down to eating less sugar.

26 June 2017

www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/821188/Healthiest-village-revealed-Pioppi-diet-food-live-longer

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