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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  • NHS ‘rationing leaves patients in pain’

Vital NHS operations and treatments are being increasingly rationed in England, leaving patients in pain, doctors say. The treatments affected include hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery to help restore sight as well as drugs for conditions such as arthritis. Such care is normally given routinely, but the British Medical Journal has found evidence it is being cut back.

5 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40485724

  • Junior doctors crashing after exhausting hospital night shifts

Junior doctors are so sleep deprived that more than half have suffered a road accident or near miss while driving home after work, according to new research. Hospital trainees have described falling asleep at the wheel, careering into other vehicles and being stopped by the police after exhausting, caffeine-fuelled night shifts.

6 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/06/junior-doctors-crashing-exhausting-hospital-night-shifts/

  • After a nightshift in A&E, I’m so tired I fear for my life driving home. I’m not alone

Around 4am on an A&E nightshift I begin to think about the drive home. It’s the time at which I’m feeling my worst, digging deep to keep working at somewhere near optimum.

7 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/07/nightshift-a-and-e-exhausted-night-workers-cost-cutting-nhs

  • NHS bonuses paid to Scottish consultants surge to £43 million

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of breaking her promise to crack down on bonuses in the Scottish NHS after it emerged more than £40 million of rewards were paid to consultants last year. Official figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives showed just over £43 million was paid to 2,858 consultants in 2016/17 – £6 million more than in the previous financial year.

10 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/10/nhs-bonuses-paid-scottish-consultants-surge-43-million/

 

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Lewy body dementia: Thousands ‘at risk of injury or death’ due to inappropriate prescription of antipsychotics

Thousands of people in the UK with a commonly misdiagnosed form of dementia are at increased risk of injury or death because they are being prescribed potentially harmful antipsychotic medication, experts have warned. The symptoms of Lewy body dementia include hallucinations, motor problems, fainting spells and disturbed sleep in which people appear to “act out” their dreams, as well as the cognitive decline associated with other forms of the disease.

6 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/lewy-body-dementia-prescription-antipsychotics-thousand-risk-injury-death-drugs-treatment-alzheimers-a7827431.html

  • Why refilling your water bottle is more unhygienic than licking a dog toy – and what to use instead

A human can go more than three weeks without food. But water? A week is the absolute maximum we can last without it. Being composed of roughly 60 per cent water, and given how we lose around three to four litres a day through sweat, urine and breathing, staying hydrated is of paramount importance to us – especially during the hot summer months.

6 July 2017

www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/refilling-your-water-bottle-more-8607002

  • Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria

Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics.

7 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40520125

  • Kidney cancer drug approved for NHS use in England

A drug which could prolong life for people with advanced kidney cancer has been approved for use on the NHS in England and Wales. Cabozantinib has the potential to switch off tumours in some patients and could give them many months of good-quality life, doctors said.

10 July 2017

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40531690

 

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • 2 million people in England and Wales will have dementia by 2040 – study

More than 1.2 million people are expected to be living with dementia in England and Wales by 2040, up from almost 800,000 today, research suggests. Researchers say the predicted rise in the prevalence of dementia is largely down to people living longer, but add that the figures also show that the risk of developing dementia for each age group is falling – a finding they say suggests that preventive strategies are having an impact.

7 July 2017

www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/06/12-million-people-in-england-and-wales-will-have-dementia-by-2040-study

  • Third of UK workers experiencing anxiety, depression or stress, survey finds

More than a third of the UK workforce is experiencing anxiety, depression, or stress, according to a survey of employees in junior and senior roles. Mental health problems are said to affect around one in six people in any given week. Of 2,000 workers who responded, 34 per cent said they had a health and wellbeing problem.

7 July 2017

www.independent.co.uk/news/health/uk-workers-depression-stress-anxiety-survey-a7827656.html


FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Three men hospitalised after being gored on Pamplona bull run

Three runners have been hospitalised after being gored, one in the chest, during the first bull run of this year’s famous San Fermín festival in Pamplona at 8am on Friday morning. The bull run has a reputation for mayhem and was expected to provide ample danger and excitement as bulls are let loose from Cebada Gago ranch in Cádiz.

7 July 2017

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/07/two-us-men-hospitalised-gored-pamplona-bull-run/

 

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Staying Fit Can Be A Walk In The Park

struck me that helping Nina and Francesca to be active is the single best present I could give them. If you go from being a couch potato to a regular exerciser, on average you will do better at school, live seven years longer, and best of all, be happier. It is probably also the best present we can give ourselves, our friends, and the rest of our family.

7 July 2017

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-andrew-murray/staying-fit-can-be-a-walk_b_17419636.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

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