Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Latest NHS and Healthcare News

Read our latest NHS and Health newsHere is the latest NHS and Healthcare News from the last week that our Team focused upon at Medical Solicitors!

ALL ABOUT THE NHS AND THE JUNIOR DOCTORS’ CONTRACT:

  • Reverse imposition, demands medical royal college leader

The premise behind the Government’s junior doctor contract proposals is ‘false’ and its decision to impose the deal must be reversed. That is the call from president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Neena Modi, who has written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt criticising the ‘divisive’ contract which she said had further damaged ‘parity of pay and terms and conditions that have been a unifying force within UK health services’.

19 July 2016

www.bma.org.uk/news/2016/july/reverse-imposition-demands-medical-royal-college-leader?imgdoctors=

  • Nice attack mum: ‘My kids can’t get an NHS counsellor’

A British tourist who was in Nice when a terrorist drove a lorry into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille day, has told 5 live that she and her children have been put on a waiting list for counselling. Harjit Sarang spoke about how difficult it was to receive help after she recently visited her GP to access mental health services for her family.

19 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36837905?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • Stop making excuses on delays, NHS bosses told

NHS bosses in England have been accused by MPs of not being tough enough in tackling delays in discharging medically fit patients from hospital. Parliament’s public accounts committee said NHS England must do more to support hospitals in this area.

22 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36861012

  • Arthritis patients experience referral delays, audit finds

Only 20% of patients who see a GP with suspected inflammatory arthritis are referred to a specialist within the target three days, an audit suggests. The report, based on data from 5,000 patients in England and Wales, said awareness of the early symptoms of the condition must improve.

25 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36867441

GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Kellogg’s Special K adverts banned for describing cereal as ‘full of goodness’

Adverts describing Special K cereal as “full of goodness” and “nutritious” have been banned in the UK, after the advertising watchdog found the claims could not be adequately backed up.

20 July 2016

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/special-k-advert-banned-kelloggs-claims-asa-ruling-full-of-goodness-nutritious-healthy-cereal-a7146116.html 

  • Government urged to ban energy drink sales for under-16s over health concerns

The sale of energy drinks to children under 16 should be banned following studies linking them to a range of health complaints and risky behaviours, according to a report.

21 July 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/21/government-urged-to-ban-energy-drink-sales-for-under-16s-over-health-concerns

  • Delaying the Fight Against Childhood Obesity Means We Risk Sleepwalking Into a Public Health Crisis

The health of children should be a priority for any Government as a moral duty, but also for the very practical reason that the savings made by cutting their care will be eclipsed by the multiplied costs of caring for them in adulthood.

22 July 2016

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/diane-abbott/childhood-obesity-strategy_b_11136306.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

RESEARCH STORIES:

  • Unusual US Zika virus case baffles experts

Experts are trying to work out exactly how a US carer has caught Zika after tending to a dying elderly man with the virus. Until now it was thought that only mosquitoes and sex spread Zika, as well as the risk of mother-to-child transmission in the womb.

19 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36833321

  • Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas

A new brain map, based on multiple scans of more than 400 individuals, has carved the “cortex” into 180 different compartments – 97 of which are new. This crumpled outer layer of the brain is home to our advanced cognition, perception and movement. It has been mapped in various ways for centuries, but this new effort is a landmark attempt at a definitive, modern atlas for neuroscientists.

21 July 2016
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36854457  

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • In France, smoking still has that certain je ne sais quoi

France has a hard task on its hands. It announced earlier this week that it was considering cracking down on some tobacco brands because they are “cool” – following in the footsteps of countries such as Australia, where any depiction glamorising the terrible habit is strictly forbidden.

22 July 2016

www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/22/in-france-smoking-still-has-that-certain-je-ne-sais-quoi

  • New York officially ditches tampon tax 

New York has officially eliminated ‘tampon tax’ meaning that all female sanitary products will be exempt from the local and state sales tax that classes them as ‘luxury items’.

22 July 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/new-york-officially-ditches-tampon-tax/

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • Dying doctor Kate Granger raises £250k for cancer charity

A terminally ill doctor has reached her long-held ambition to raise £250,000 for a cancer charity before her death. Dr Kate Granger, from East Ardsley, set about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Centre after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2011.

20 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-36842707

  • Double hand transplant: UK’s first operation ‘tremendous’ success

The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”. Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.

22 July 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36858169

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