Latest NHS and Health News -Weekly Round-up!

Latest NHS and Health News -Weekly Round-up!

The latest NHS and Health new that we focused upon in the last 7 days!

ALL ABOUT JUNIOR DOCTORS AND THE 7 DAY WEEK:

  • Junior doctors’ strike: fourth 48-hour walk out leaves 5,100 procedures postponed. Thousands of junior doctors across England are on strike in a bitter dispute with the Government over a new contract. More than 5,100 procedures and operations have been postponed as a result of the 48-hour walkout, which began at 8am. This is the fourth stoppage in the dispute, with almost 25,000 procedures cancelled overall since industrial action began.

6 April 2016

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/06/junior-doctors-walk-out-in-fourth-48-hour-strike-leaving-5100-pr/

  • Health chief tears into Jeremy Hunt’s NHS policies. Ex-government policy adviser Prof Chris Ham says health secretary should ‘examine his, conscience’ as he has put patient safety at risk with reforms. The health secretary will have to “examine his conscience” about staying in the cabinet because improvements he initiated after the Mid Staffs scandal are under threat, said Prof Chris Ham, the head of the King’s Fund think tank.

7 April 2016

www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/07/health-chief-tears-into-jeremy-hunts-nhs-policies

  • Junior doctors’ strike: Fresh talks ‘ruled out’. Fresh talks to break the deadlock in the junior doctors’ dispute in England have been ruled out by the government. Sources told the BBC that the British Medical Association had blown its chance to negotiate and said there would be no deviation from imposition.

8 April 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35992055

  •  All-out doctors’ strike will damage trust – NHS chief.     A strike affecting all care by junior doctors will “irreparably damage” trust and the profession’s reputation, NHS England’s medical director has said. Writing in the Observer, Sir Bruce Keogh said the planned walkout in England on 26 and 27 April would put significant strain on services.

10 April 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36008479

 

BRITAIN, BREXIT AND THE NHS:

Health tourists cost UK taxpayers nearly £6billion in eight years.

Britain has lost more than £6billion in the past eight years treating foreigners from the European Union in UK hospitals, new Government figures reveal. The UK paid out £6.2billion to EU countries to cover the treatment of Britons in their hospitals last year – but received only £405million in return from EU countries for treating ill foreigners in the National Health Service.

5 April 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/04/health-tourists-cost-uk-taxpayers-nearly-6billion-in-eight-years/

OTHER GENERAL HEALTH NEWS:

  • Stephen Hawking Has An Inspiring Message For Anyone Who Suffers From DepressionStephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds of our time, developed symptoms of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) at the age of 21. Just as his career was beginning to take off, his body began to fail him. If anyone knows about dealing with unfortunate circumstances in life, it’s probably him.

4 April 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         www.trueactivist.com/stephen-hawking-has-an-inspiring-message-for-anyone-who-suffers-from-depression-watch/

  • Hertfordshire trust told to up game on children’s safety. East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust was told to take urgent action to address safety risks after a series of “serious incidents” on a children’s ward, a report from regulators has revealed. It took immediate steps in response to concerns raised by Care Quality Commission inspectors, who said the trust had not acted fast enough to “ensure children were protected from avoidable harm”.

5 April 2016

www.nursingtimes.net/news/reviews-and-reports/hertfordshire-trust-told-to-up-game-on-childrens-safety/7003811.article?utm_source=1%26WT.tsrc%3Dtwitter%26WT.mc_id%3Dtwitter_twitterfeed_news

  • NCT: Expectant parents hit by data breach. A childbirth charity has apologised to 15,000 new and expectant parents after their registration details were accessed in a “data breach”. The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) sent a message saying their email addresses, usernames and passwords had been “compromised”.

7 April 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35990085

RESEARCH STORIES

  • Huge leap to mass produced platelets. Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets – the part of the blood that forms clots. The NHS and University of Cambridge team have discovered how to grow the body’s platelet factories in the laboratory. It could provide a new source of platelets to stop heavy bleeding, for example after a car crash.

8 April 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35977200

  • Vitamin D ‘heals damaged hearts’                                                                                                                                                   Vitamin D supplements may help people with diseased hearts, a study suggests. A trial on 163 heart failure patients found supplements of the vitamin, which is made in the skin when exposed to sunlight, improved their hearts’ ability to pump blood around the body.

4 April 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35959556#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • Chinese medicine plant secrets probed. Scientists have unravelled one of the secrets of a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese skullcap – known as Huang-Qin – is traditionally used for fever, liver and lung problems. Scientists have discovered that the plant uses a special pathway to make chemicals with potential cancer-fighting properties.

9 April 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35997595

FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

  • Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s. Every new mother, regardless of background or income, gets a baby box from the government. It has been credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

4 April 2016

www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35834370#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • This Is The U.S.’s First “Vegan Butcher Shop,” And It’s Incredibly Successful. It’s no hoax: Everything sold at The Herbivorous Butcheris made from plants, yet customers are still lining up to get more. According to Huff Post, the ingenious business opened in January and is already wildly successful with customers who choose to eschew meat. Whether they’re drawn to experiment with Meatless Mondays or are die-hard vegetarians, apparently all are pleased with the meat-less meats and cheese-less cheese options.

6 April 2016

www.trueactivist.com/this-is-the-u-s-s-first-vegan-butcher-shop-and-its-incredibly-successful/

  • Malawi Chief Annuls 850 Child Marriages, Sends Kids To School.  In three years, Chief Kachindamoto has broken up 850 marriages and banned the sexual initiations of young girls. Chief Theresa Kachindamoto has done in three years what most people could not accomplish in a lifetime. The renowned leader of the Dedza District of Central Malawi has not only abolished hundreds of child marriages, she has used her authority to direct better lives for the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on her leadership.

6 April 2016

www.trueactivist.com/malawi-chief-annuls-850-child-marriages-sends-kids-to-school/

GOOD NEWS STORIES!

  • 91-year-old recognised for world’s oldest hip replacements

Norman Sharp had both new hips implanted in 1948, the year the NHS was formed, and they’ve been going ever since! A 91-year-old man has been recognised by Guinness World Records as having the world’s longest lasting hip replacements. Norman Sharp, from Trowbrigde, Wiltshire, had both new hips implanted in November 1948 in a then ground-breaking operation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore and they have remained in place ever since, requiring no revisions.

29 March 2016

www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/still-hip-after-68-years-11100417#ICID=sharebar_twitter

  • Heart-warming moment as baby sees his mother for the first time

Four-month-old Leopold suffers from a condition that severely impairs his sight. With special infant glasses, he is able to see his family for the first time!

9 April 2016

www.trueactivist.com/watch-the-stunning-moment-this-baby-sees-his-mom-for-the-first-time/

 

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